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Margaret Hunhoff

Margaret J. Hunhoff, 94, of Yankton, passed away Thursday, January 10, 2019, at Avera Sister James Care Center in Yankton.

Services were held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, January 16 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Yankton, with the Rev. Larry Regynski as Celebrant. Graveside services were held at 1 p.m. Wednesday in St. Agnes Catholic Cemetery (Sigel Parish) in rural Utica, South Dakota.

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Margaret Modde was born on Jan. 17, 1924, to Frank and Emma (Phillips) Modde, of Oto, Iowa. She graduated in 1941 from Oto High School.

She moved to Yankton in 1944 to attend Sacred Heart School of Nursing. She served as a nurse with local hospitals and nursing homes.

She married Bernard Hunhoff on August 20, 1946. They farmed near Utica and had eight sons. All through life, she tended to the needs of the sick and the poor.

After Bernard died in 1982, she moved to Yankton. She wrote Grandma’s Scrapbook for The Yankton County Observer for 20 years.

Her poems and essays were published in many newspapers and magazines. A collection of her poetry and essays, “Seventh Son,” was published in 2001.

Margaret treasured her family, her Catholic faith and the written word.

Those values sustained her through difficult times, especially after the death of her young son Steven in a farm accident in 1952.

Margaret is survived by seven sons, Mark (Patty) of Volin, S.D.; Dave (Arlis) of Sioux Falls, S.D.; Randal (Mary Anne) of Little Rock, Arkansas; Bernie (Myrna), Dan (Jean), Pat and Brian (Roxann), all of Yankton; 15 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; a sister, Annette Menig, of Lake Stevens, Washington; and two brothers, Charles Modde, of Washington, D.C. and Peter.

Margaret was preceded in death by her husband, Bernard Sr.; their son, Steven; her parents; and seven siblings: Harold, Frank, John, James, Andrew, Rose and Mary.

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