Margaret Peterson Rubenthaler, 90, of Gothenburg, died Sept. 22, 2020, in Gothenburg. She was born April 28, 1930, in Gothenburg, daughter of Jim Sherman and Helen Grace (Fiddock) Sherman.
She attended school in Gothenburg and Brady. While living in Brady and working at her parents cafe she met Don Peterson. Margaret married Donald Douglas Peterson on Nov. 10, 1945. To this union three daughters were born: Connie, Linda and Teri.
Don worked for Peckhams while they lived in Brady, they then moved to Lexington for a couple of years and then to North Platte, where they lived until 1967 when they transferred to Denver, Colorado with Armour & Company. They lived in Denver for 22 years becoming Broncos fans. They loved playing cards, square dancing and entertaining friends and family for the holidays.
Margaret was known for making wonderful angel food cakes....everyone has put in a request at one time or another. In 1987 she moved back to Gothenburg. Don preceded her in death on June 23, 1995.
Margaret married her good friend and neighbor, William Joseph Rubenthaler on Feb. 1, 1997. She became a loving stepmother to Bill's eight children: Kathy, Dave, Karen, Pat, Randy, Tom, Terry and Janet. Margaret and Bill were involved with the Gothenburg Senior Center and card playing, and they loved to travel. Bill preceded her in death on June 8, 2004.
Margaret moved to Stone Hearth in January of 2016 and loved living there until her health failed and she moved to Hilltop Estates in Gothenburg. While living at Stone Hearth she loved playing Rummikub and going to Dairy Queen.
Survivors include three daughters, Connie (Denny) Bockus, Linda Frickson and Teri Jordan, all of Gothenburg; brother, Don (Mary) Sherman of Sterling,Colorado; sister-in-law, Rosemary Alberts of Gothenburg; seven grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren, and 12 great-great-grandchildren
Margaret was preceded in death by husband, Donald Douglas Peterson; parents, Jim and Helen Sherman; second husband, William Joseph Rubenthaler; sisters, Marjorie Lindekugel, DeDe Diehl and twin sister, Mimi Dodge; granddaughter, Lorie Borron, and son-in-law, David Frickson.
Register book signing will be held Saturday, Sept. 26 from 12 - 2 p.m. at Blase-Strauser Memorial Chapel in Gothenburg with the family present. Graveside services will be held at Gothenburg Cemetery on Sept. 26 at 2:30 pm with the Rev. Grace Gichuru officiating. Inurnment will be in the Gothenburg Cemetery. Memorials may be given to the Gothenburg Senior Center.
To sign the online guest book, go to www.blasestrauser.com.