Margaret Ehmke, 92, the daughter of one of Cheyenne County’s pioneer families passed away Wednesday evening, July 10, 2013 at the Sidney Regional Medical Center.
Funeral services will be held at 10:00 A.M., Wednesday, July 17, 2013 in the St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Sidney with Pastor Bradley Heinecke officiating. Burial will follow in the Greenwood Cemetery.
Memorials have been established to the St. Paul’s Lutheran Church.
Visitation will be held from 4:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. Tuesday at the Holechek Funeral Home in Sidney with the family present.
Margaret Minnie Marie Ehmke was born March 26, 1921, the daughter of Henry and Emma (Franzen) Ehmke northwest of Sidney in a farm house on land her father had homesteaded. She attended Bunker Hill school and graduated from Sidney High School. She was baptized April 24, 1921 at Salem Lutheran Church in Gurley and confirmed on 1935.
Having been born without a right side hip socket, her kind and gentle nature hid a lifetime of pain. She expected no favors and with determination she helped with farm chores, played softball and other recess games at school.
After graduation she became a bookkeeper, working at several establishments in Sidney such as Elwell Motors and the Sidney City Offices. She also helped her brother, Johnny on the farm. When she retired she took care of her aging father for many years. She continued helping Johnny during harvests. On Sundays they enjoyed driving around looking at the crops. Margaret loved animals, especially dogs. One little dog became like family to her.
Margaret was preceded in death by her parents, sister Dora, brother Johnny and an infant brother and sister. All aunts and uncles are deceased as well as several first cousins. Deceased from the Margaret and Bill Juedes family are first cousins August, Helen, Evelyn and Leona. From the Peter and Carrie Beyer family deceased first cousins are Agnes, Mildred, Mary, Andrew and Leonard.
Surviving first cousins are Josephine and Ella Mae of the Beyer family.
Holechek Funeral Home and Cremations in Sidney is serving the Ehmke family.