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Margaret Victoria Yowell

June 15, 2019 | 8 comments

Margaret Victoria Yowell, age 87, of Onalaska WI passed away peacefully on Friday, June 14th2019 at Onalaska Care Center. She was born on February 26th, 1932 near Kenora, Ontario Canada to Wictor and Ingrid Gustafson. She married Jimmie Yowell on December 15th, 1984.

Margaret is survived by her loving husband Jim, cherished children David (Patty) Uehling, Jeffrey “Mark” (Kristi) Uehling, Sharon (Walter) Bowen, Philip (Debbie) Uehling; step-children Mark (Gloria) Yowell, Gregg (Cindy) Yowell, Amy (Rick) Yowell and Carrie Yowell; siblings Walter (Betty) Gustafson, Esther (Robert) Suter, Oscar (Judy) Gustafson and many grandchildren, great grandchildren, nephews and nieces.  She was preceded in death by her parents Wictor and Ingrid Gustafson, brother Alfred Gustafson, mother-in-law and father-in-law Grace and Roy Leslie Yowell and step sisters Peggy and Lois.

Margaret spent her childhood and early adult years in Kenora, Ontario before moving to Onalaska in the late 1950’s.  She lovingly raised her four children, enjoyed numerous trips to visit family in Canada and went to work for the Bank of Onalaska for over 20 years prior to retiring.  Margaret’s retirement years were spent travelling with husband Jim, visiting relatives, and spending winters in Tucson, AZ at Wagons West community.  Margaret made many lifelong friends and touched the hearts of everyone she met.  Inheriting her father’s love for gardening, she especially enjoyed flowers.  She loved birdwatching and always looked forward to the bluebirds that returned yearly to her birdhouses.  Margaret also loved knitting, crocheting, playing cards and games and especially looked forward to hosting company and seeing the grandchildren.  Her life exemplified her strong Christian faith and love for her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  She will be deeply missed by all, but we are comforted knowing she is now home in Heaven in the arms of Jesus.

In Lieu of Flowers, memorials preferred to: Gunderson Lutheran Hospital or Onalaska Care Center.

A private family service will be held at a later date.



  1. Harriet and Ken Adams

    Our sincere condolences to Jim and all of Margaret’s family. The very short time we had to get to know Margaret was enough to endear her in our hearts. She was a lovely lady and so much fun to be with. We will miss her so much.

  2. Toivo and Maureen Salo

    Jim, we wish to extend our deepest sympathy to you and your family. Margaret was always such a pleasant lady and we enjoyed our visits with her in the neighborhood of Wagons West. May the Lord bring you peace during this difficult time.

  3. Lee and Julie Vieregge

    Our deepest sympathy Jim. We hope for peace and faith as you go through this journey. Margaret was a kind and endearing friend, spouse, and mother.

  4. Glenn Gossfeld

    Gregg, so sorry for your loss! My sincere sympathies to the family.

    === Glenn “Goose” Gossfeld

    • Cynthia Renken

      Jim, I’m so sorry you lost Margaret. She was a special woman. I really respected her outlook on life and her strong faith in the Lord. She certainly was a good partner for you.

  5. Carol Herried

    Jim, my deepest condolences are sent your way. Margaret was a very special lady. What a beautiful woman inside and out. I thank God for giving her friendship and love to me for all these years. I still can see and hear her next to me on the teller line. Jim she will always be in my hearts. I send my sympathy to Margaret’s family. I know her sweetness will be very much missed by all.

  6. Betty Hoeft

    Dear Jim and family,
    I am so sorry to hear of Margaret’s passing. What a great friend she was to me when I worked at the Bank of Onalaska. I loved seeing both of you at the Memorial Day celebrations at the Onalaska Cemetary. I still have your pottery holder you gave me when I moved to New York. Thank you for all the love you gave her. She deserved every minute of it. What a great lady! God Bless! Love Betty Hoeft Netwal

  7. Cheryl Hancock

    Jim, my condolences to you and your family on the passing of Margaret. She was always so pleasant during the interactions I had with her and a kind soul indeed. So very sorry for your loss.

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