June 5, 1922-Sept. 15, 2013
MARSHALL – Services for Margaret Racette, 91, of Marshall, will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at First Lutheran Church. Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. today with a 7 p.m. prayer service at the Hamilton Funeral Home and continue at the church on Thursday, one hour prior to the service. Burial will be in the Terrace Lawn Memory Gardens in Montevideo.
She died Sunday, Sept. 15, 2013, at Minneota Manor.
Margaret Alvina was born June 5, 1922, to Enock and Anna (Nyquist) Swenson in Bowbells, N.D. She was baptized as an infant and later moved with her family to Canby where she was confirmed in the Lutheran faith. On Nov. 3, 1941, Margaret was united in marriage to Walter Heise. To this union five children were born, namely, Shari, Carol, Dennis, Doug and Mike. They farmed near Canby until they moved to Marshall in 1958. When Walter died in 1964, Margaret began to raise her young family alone. In 1966, Margaret met and married Henry Racette. Margaret was a wonderful homemaker and loved doing things for her family, especially her grandchildren and great grandchildren. Her enjoyments included delivering Meals on Wheels, baking and embroidering. Margaret was widowed again when Henry died in 1989.
Margaret was a faithful member of First Lutheran Church at the time of her death.
Survivors include four of her children, Shari (and Mike) Verdeck of Marshall, Carol (and Bill) Merritt of North Mankato, Doug (and Rosemary) Heise of Marshall and Mike (and Marsha) Heise of West Allis, Wis.; grandchildren, Matt (and Julie), Quinn, and Merissa Merritt, Mick (and Roshelle), Jesse, and Ashley Verdeck, Michael Jr. and Corey Heise, Lexi Lorbach, Stacey Vanderostyne and Heather Hurt; great- grandchildren, Derek and Logan Porter, Sullivan Verdeck, Michael and Makenzie Elgren, Chelsea, Brandon, Brooks, Taylor, Jade, Ashlynn and Kyler Hurt, and Derek and Brent Heise; great-great grandchildren, Hunter, Landyn and Mason; sister-in-law, Alta Heise of Canby; brother-in-law, Sonny (and Vicki) Heise of MI; also many other relatives and friends.
Margaret was preceded in death by her parents; her husbands, Walter and Henry; son, Dennis (Dec. 19, 2008); grandson, Todd Heise; seven siblings, Lillian Christensen, Walter Swenson, Ruth Hacker, Mildred Holmlund, Evelyn Christensen, Milton Swenson and Gloria Pioritti.
Blessed be the memory of Margaret A. Heise Racette.
Hamilton Funeral Home