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Obituary for Marguerite C. Walsten
Marguerite Constance Everson Johnson Walsten was born July 23, 1922 in Stoughton, WI. She was the daughter of Rev. James Christian Everson and Olga Sophia (Thorpe) Everson. She attended schools in Minnesota and Wisconsin and graduated from Luck High School in 1939. She got her first job at the age of 16 in Madison as a nanny and then as a secretary in a real estate office. She was married to Maxwell Arnold Johnson for 37 years and was the vice president of Maxwells restaurant supply business for many years. She had one daughter, Maxine Louise Johnson, and went to work as a key punch at Giesholt Machine Factory and later for IBM after Maxine started school.
After Maxwells death, Marguerite moved back to Luck to be near family. She was married to C. Gorden Walsten of Cushing for 23 years and they enjoyed many trips across the U.S., Canada, and Mexico together.
Marguerite was a talented artist who won several county and state fair ribbons for her paintings, quilts, ceramics, knitting and sewing items. Her favorite submission was an authentic, Norwegian costume which she sewed by hand and which included a beaded cap, inset and an embroidered vest. She was also a musician and spent many years singing in the church choir, on the radio and acting in several plays.
She loved to help people and was a supporter of many ministries. An avid reader, Marguerite committed to reading through the Bible yearly and had many scripture passages memorized.
She was preceded in death by parents, Rev. James Everson and Olga Everson; brother, James Christian Everson; brother, Everett A. Everson; sister-in-law, Marjorie Hermstad Everson; brother-in-law, Edward Phillips; husband, Maxwell A Johnson; husband, C. Gorden Walsten; daughter, Maxine L. Johnson; and step-son, James C. Walsten.
She is survived by her brother, Ronald (Betty) Everson; sister, Joan Phillips; step-daughter, Jacquie Nordby; step-daughter-in-law, Merle Walsten; son-in-law, John C. Johnson Jr.; grandchildren, Lori Johnson, Candice (Charles) Brewster, J. Clifford (Angela) Johnson III, David (Jane) Nordby, Kurt (Carolyn) Nordby, Britt (Duncan) Nordby, Renee (Mark) Walsten, Patti (Tim) Walsten, Mark (Amy) Walsten, and 11 great-grandchildren.
The Memorial Service will be held at 11:00 am on Saturday, January 23, 2016 at the Atlas United Methodist Church, 2110 295th Ave, Luck, WI. Visitation will be at the church at 10:00 a.m.
An online guestbook is available at www.rowefh.com or www.wicremationcenter.com . Arrangements are entrusted to Rowe Funeral Home in Luck, 715-472-2444 and the Northwest Wisconsin Cremation Center in Milltown, 715-825-5550.