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Margaret “Margie” Mary Harris

December 29, 2021 | 2 comments

Margaret “Margie” Mary Harris (Martell), 76 of Holmen passed away peacefully on Tuesday, December 28, 2021 at home surrounded by her family.

She was born in La Crosse, Wisconsin on October 25,1945 to James and Margaret (Mikshowsky) Martell. She was a 1963 graduate of Aquinas High School. She married Raymond Harris on July 20, 1968.

Margie worked for the La Crosse Telephone Company in her early years while starting her family. She later worked for the La Crosse Visiting Nurses also known as Visiting Nurses Association as a Certified Nursing Assistant. She was proud of her work with the elderly and it clearly showed through her final days.

Margie enjoyed staying at home and working around the yard and house. Raising five children was no easy feat especially with a truck driver as a husband. She was devoted to making sure they had the security and love while being both mother and father when dad was working.

Margie is survived by her loving and devoted husband of 53 years, Raymond “Ray”; daughters Lisa (Chuck) Mahlum of Holmen, Lori (Kevin) Buckles of Coon Valley and Debbie (Eric) Caligiuri of Des Moines, sons Peter and James Harris of Melrose; grandchildren, Matthew (Holly) Helgerson, Rebecca Buckles, Jenna (Nick) Klum, Amber Heintz, Olivia and Finley Caligiuri, Clarissa (Nic) Ross and Madeline (Matt) Smith; great-grandchildren, Eliza, Emelia, Rayah, Ryan, Conley. She is also survived by sister Janie Podkalicki; brothers, Peter Martell, Mark (Denise) Martell, Kenny (Mary) Martell; brother-in-law’s Robert and Charles Harris and sister-in-law, Ellen Martell.

She was preceded in death by her infant son, Ricky, her parents, her mother and father-in-law, brothers, Thomas, James, and Paul; brother-in-law’s, Herbert Podkalicki, Thomas and Dan Harris; sister-in-law, Rachel Martell; grandchildren, Jacqueline and Jessica Heintz and great- grandchild Ryleigh Klum.

The family would like to thank St. Croix Hospice for the exceptional care they provided.

There will be a private ceremony held at a later date.




  1. Dee Paqué

    I went all through grade school and high school with Margie. She was a dear person always smiling and friendly. She was a joy to around. RIP

  2. Faye Goldsmith

    I am sending many hugs and prays to Ray and the family. We lived by the family in Holmen while the children were growing up. Margie was a wonderful Mother. Take care.

    Faye Goldsmith


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