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Margaret Nodland, 86

Margaret Theresa Nodland, 86, Alexandria, died March 11, 2009 at her home.

Margaret was born October 20, 1922 in Starbuck to Andrew and Rosa (Haack) Sanvik. She graduated from Starbuck High School in 1940 and then attended St. Catherine's College in St. Paul. In 1944, she graduated from the St. Cloud School of Nursing as a registered nurse. On July 3, 1944, Margaret was united in marriage to Henry G. Nodland at St. Kevin's Catholic Church in Minneapolis. For the first three years of their marriage, Henry served in the U.S. Army and Margaret traveled with him to his various assignments. After Henry's military service, the young couple returned to their hometown of Starbuck. In 1949, Henry and Margaret built their home overlooking Noonan's Park in Alexandria, where they have lived for 60 years.

Henry and Margaret shared 65 years of marriage. Their love and support for each other was an inspiration to everyone. Most important to Margaret were her family and friends. Her home was always the center for any family gathering. Holidays, birthdays, weddings - parties too numerous to mention - all found their way to 915 Lake Street. Love, laughter and good food were always in abundance.

Margaret is survived by her loving husband, Henry G. Nodland of Alexandria; her daughters, Barbara Childs of Littleton, Colorado, Mary Hegg of Boise, Idaho; son, Richard (Colleen) of Alexandria; brother, Paul Sanvik of Aurora; sisters, Pat Kittelson of Phoenix, Arizona, and Rose Schneiderhan of Alexandria. Also surviving are nine grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

Margaret was preceded in death by her parents; her brother, Theodore; and her youngest daughter, Ann Marie Ledman.

Margaret cared for those around her. She was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church for 60 years, serving on the St. Mary's Funeral Committee for much of that time. She was one of the charter founders of the Meals on Wheels program in Alexandria and helped organize Red Cross blood drives. She was a member of the Hospital Auxiliary, Knute Nelson Memorial Home Volunteers, and the Alexandria Women's Club. Her interests included playing bridge, needlepoint and golf.

A Memorial Mass will be held Saturday, March 14 at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Alexandria on Saturday, March 14 with the Rev. Steven Binsfeld and the Rev. Al Ludwig officiating. Thomas Mulder and Jane Herth provided the music. Honorary pallbearers were her grandchildren, Christine (Hegg) Ivie, Melissa Hegg, Lisa Childs-D'Aurio, Bill Henry Childs, Jenny (Nodland) Odland, R.J. Nodland, Ryan Nodland, Elizabeth Ledman-Hattier and Jonathan Ledman.

Arrangements are with Anderson Funeral Home in Alexandria;