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Margaret Hawkinson Rosenberg was ushered into the arms of her Savior, Jesus Christ, on January 8, 2021. She was born Margaret Agnes Learmonth on September 24, 1930, in a log cabin near Belbutte, Saskatchewan, Canada, to Sid and Aileen (Thompson) Learmonth. She grew up there and loved riding their horses, and often told of taking a horse and buggy to school, which she attended through 8th grade. She told us about the native people appearing across the road from their home at the same time each year, in their native dress and with their horses, to collect the roots of a certain plant. Her family never communicated with the natives, but never felt threatened by them. They would disappear as they had appeared and not leave a trace behind to show that they had been there.
Margaret gave her heart to the Lord as a girl and attended Sharon Bible School in North Battleford, Saskatchewan, where she met her husband, Russell Hawkinson. They were united in marriage on November 15, 1952 and made their home on his family farm southwest of Clarkfield, MN, where they farmed and raised their 3 children. They moved to Clarkfield in 1973, and Russell worked at A.M.P.I. After Russell’s retirement, they began working at Valhalla Assisted Living in Clarkfield, where he was a maintenance man and she cleaned the common areas and visited with the residents, which she enjoyed very much. After their retirement from Valhalla, they made many trips to Canada to visit family and friends and traveled to various places throughout the United States. Russell and Margaret always had an ‘open door’ policy, taking in any number of people from all over the world, friend or family, at any time and for any reason. Margaret was known for her hospitality, and as one friend put it, “made cooking for 30 people look easy”. If you left their house hungry, it was your own fault.
Following Russell’s death in 2003, Margaret lived in their home in Clarkfield until her move to Brookside Manor Assisted Living in Montevideo, MN. She enjoyed the community there, and after some time met and married her second husband, Dick Rosenberg. They traveled to Florida in 2015 and 2017. She was 84 the first time she flew on a commercial airliner and she enjoyed these trips so much. They moved together to Luther Haven Nursing Home in Montevideo and were a blessing to each other until his passing in January of 2019. She struggled with Alzheimer’s disease for many years and was given wonderful care by the staff at Luther Haven, many of whom expressed to us their love for her at the time of her passing. She is dearly missed, but we know that we will meet again “on that beautiful shore”.
Left to cherish her memory are her children, Aileen Leasure of Minneapolis, Marty Hawkinson of Racine, WI, and Karen Winters (Harley) of Montevideo; step-daughters, Vickie Peterson (Roger), Wendy Rodke, Kathy Michaels (Robert) Cindy Johnson (Steve), and Susan Stauffer (Doug); grandchildren, William Livingston (wife Melaine and children David and Hannah), Aimee Livingston (children Ash and Kavin), Matthew Hawkinson (wife Jacquie and children Milo and Levi), Ryan Hawkinson (son MaKoy), Marissa Farrar (husband Josh, step-son Aidan and sons Peyton, Carter, Maddox, and Hudson), Collin Hawkinson (daughter Lacey), Hesston Winters, Heath Winters, and Hank Winters, many step-grandchildren and step-great grandchildren, many nieces and nephews, and her Global Missions Church family.
“Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His saints. ~ Ps. 116:15”
Visitation will be held on Wednesday, January 13th, 2021 at 12 PM at the J.H. Lynner Funeral Home in Clarkfield, followed by the funeral service at 1 PM. Due to COVID-19, masks and social distancing are required in the funeral home. Interment to follow in the Clarkfield City Cemetery.