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Margaret Woolsoncroft

March 25, 1920 — December 3, 2012

Margaret Catherine Woolsoncroft, 92 of Centralia, KS, died Monday evening at the Eastridge Care Home in Centralia.

Margaret was born March 25, 1920 the daughter of George Louis Rettele and Thersia B Russ Rettele in rural Corning, KS.  Margaret graduated Salutatorian from Centralia High School in 1941.

She married James Ivan Woolsoncroft on May 24, 1941 in Douglas, KS.  Margaret and Ivan farmed in Nemaha County and were in the grain storage business in Kansas and in Princeton, NE.  Ivan and Margaret built the first concrete grain storage elevator in Northeast Kansas in 1954.

Margaret was a member of the First Congregational United Church of Christ in Centralia and was a member of the women’s guild and had served as an officer of the guild.

Margaret is survived by one son James I. Woolsoncroft Jr. of Lincoln, NE; a daughter Kathryn Sue Gronninger of Littleton, CO and seven grandchildren, Greg and Troy Woolsoncroft, Deandra Wahl, Monica Haverkamp, Jenny Robinson, Sarah Haverkamp and Rachel Haverkamp and 13 great grandchildren survive.

She is preceded in death by her husband James Ivan Woolsoncroft Sr. who died March 16, 2000, and a son Wayne A. Woolsoncroft who died in infancy.

Funeral services will be Friday, December 7, 2012 at 10:30am at the First Congregational United Church of Christ in Centralia.  Rev. Bill Shea will conduct the services.  Julie Gleason will be the organist and Savannah Clark will play a piano solo and the congregation will sing “In the Garden”.  Burial will be in the Centralia Cemetery.  Casket bearers are Greg Woolsoncroft, Troy Woolsoncroft, Hunter Clark, Evan Woolsoncroft, Mike Barnes and Gary Becker.

Memorials are being left to the First Congregational United Church of Christ and sent in care of the Hayes-Popkess Funeral Home in Centralia, KS.

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