Margaret Anne Barthelme
- April 26, 2023
Margaret Anne Barthelme
Margaret Anne Barthelme, 77, of Cedar Rapids, passed away on Sunday, April 23, 2023. A visitation will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, April 28, at Cedar Memorial Park Funeral Home. Visitation will also be held from 9 a.m. until time of funeral Mass at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 29, at St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church, Cedar Rapids. Burial will follow at St. John’s Cemetery.
Margaret is survived by her sons, Jay (Lisa) and their children Ryan and Emma; Matt; and Mark (Sara) and child Lena.
She was preceded in death by husband, James; parents, Robert and Mary Neal; two brothers, Patrick and John Neal; and a sister, Mary Neal. She is survived by a brother, Steve (Maryellen) Neal and sister, Jane (Glenn Kimball). She was descended from Irish immigrants and was very proud of her Irish heritage (Erin go Bragh!).
Margaret was born Dec. 1, 1945, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. She graduated from Mount Mercy College. Notable places of employment included Mercy Hospital and AT&T (Ma Bell) before she married James on Sept. 6, 1969, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Cedar Rapids.
This can be said about Margaret without question: she was a good person. Simple terms like “friendly,” “sweet” and “so nice” were repeatedly used whenever someone would describe Margaret to her children. She always remembered and appreciated whenever anyone showed her kindness. Margaret loved to be with her kids and support their activities/interests – she went to Jay’s sporting events, learned computers from Matt and learned about heavy metal from Mark . She especially loved being a grandmother to Ryan, Emma and more recently to Lena and supporting their interests. Margaret was a constant in her children’s lives, working tirelessly to take care of her family. Margaret was a voracious reader and loved reading Regency historical books. She was quite the puzzle lover, spending time doing crosswords and Jumble. Margaret enjoyed watching Iowa Hawkeye sports and watching Fox News and Bill O’Reilly.
When COPD overcame Margaret in the last few years of her life, all her children spent as much time with her as they could. The family would like to extend thanks to the Mercy Hospital Palliative and Hospice care teams.
Online condolences may be directed to the family at www.cedarmemorial.com under Obituaries.