Margarette Brooker

Margarette Brooker, 90, of Staples passed away August 28, 2020 at the Lakewood Care Center, Staples. 

A private family funeral was held September 10 at the Olson Funeral Chapel, Rush City officiated by Father Gabriel Walz of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Staples and Father Shane Stoppel-Wasinger, Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Rush City.

Interment was at Fort Snelling National Cemetery, Minneapolis.

Margarette was born February 8, 1930 to Guy and Margarette (Hatcher)  Poole in Washington Park, Illinois. She graduated from North Branch High School and attended the University of Minnesota. She married Donald Brooker on May 20, 1950 in North Branch. She was a telephone operator and owner, along with her husband, of Don’s Village Bakery in Rush City. She baked pies at the Historic Grant House, Rush City. 

Margarette was involved in many community and church activities including the Rush City Food Shelf and the Friends of the Rush City Library. She moved to Staples in 2019.

Survivors include four daughters, Lisa (Tom) Kajer of Staples; Kim (Dan) Hinrichs of Grantsburg, WI; Jana (Mark) Bauer of White Bear Lake and Erin (Bob) Waters of Rush City; one son, Greg Brooker (Valerie Marquardt) of Minneapolis; one sister, Joyce (Dick) Koenig of Oak Park Heights; 13 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.

She was peceded in death by her parents and her husband in 1994.

Memorials may be made to the Rush CIty Food Shelf.

Arrangements were by Olson Funeral Chapel, Rush City.

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