Margaret Laura Thoeni

Margaret Laura Thoeni

Margaret Laura Thoeni


Margaret Laura Thoeni passed away on Monday, Jan. 16, 2023. A memorial service will be held at 2:30 p.m. Feb. 4, at the First Presbyterian Church in Monticello, Iowa. Visitation will begin at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at the church until the time of the service. Afterwards, we will gather in the church basement at 3:00 pm for coffee time; a routine pause in Margaret’s days that she especially enjoyed.

Margaret was a remarkably active, able 90 year-old up to her last breath. She loved planning road trips, learning new things, playing cards, reading, coffee time with dear friends and being with family. She was a strong, knowledgeable, generous, independent woman who embraced life with enthusiasm every day until the end.

Margaret Laura Thoeni was born in Monticello, Iowa, on Feb. 11, 1932, to Ruth Nelson and Irving Eilers. During her 60 years of marriage to Robert Thoeni, she was the bookkeeper for the family feed and seed business. When both she and Robert retired, they enjoyed many memorable years traveling the world together and spending time with family.

Margaret is survived by her two daughters, Janine (Eric) Wahl of Monticello, Iowa, and Janda (Lorenzo) Canalis of Wimberley, Texas; three grandchildren, Ian (Rene) of Bogart, Ga., Amy (Blake) Duplant of Austin, Texas, and Matthew (Brianna) Wahl of Des Moines, Iowa; and seven great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Thoeni.

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