Margaret Erol (Hayden) Buzza

May 29, 1921 - Aug. 17, 2006

Margaret E. Buzza, 85, of Decorah, Iowa, and formerly of Waukesha, died Thursday, Aug. 17, 2006, at Aase Haugen Home in Decorah, Iowa.

Margaret was born May 29, 1921, in San Francisco, where she grew up with her mother, Florence (Oliphant) Mowbray, and stepfather, Melton Mowbray. She earned a bachelorís degree in English and anthropology from the University of California at Berkeley and a masterís degree in Christian education from San Francisco Theological Seminary in San Anselmo, Calif.

Margaret married the Rev. Robert E. E. Buzza on May 18, 1945, in San Anselmo. They had two sons, Robert and James, and spent their married life in Escalon, Calif., Hastings, Neb., and Waukesha. Along with caring for her family, Margaret devoted much of her life to working for the church. She also was employed at Carroll College in Waukesha and at the Waukesha State Bank. She had been a member of Southminster Presbyterian Church in Waukesha and was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Waukesha at the time of her death. She moved to Decorah in October 2005 to be closer to her family.

Survivors include her two sons, Robert Buzza (wife Karen Malfy) of St. Augustine, Fla., and James (wife Kathy) Buzza of Decorah, and two grandsons, Aaron (Crystal) Buzza and Colin Buzza. Her parents and her husband, Robert, preceded her in death.

At Margaretís request, there will be no public service.

Memorials may be directed to the Aase Haugen Home, 4 Ohio St., Decorah, IA 52101, or to Habitat for Humanity at either P.O. Box 457, Decorah, IA 52101, or 7 Hopkins St., St. Augustine, FL 32084.

Fjelstul Funeral Home, (563) 382-5210, is serving the family. Friends may sign Margaretís guest book or send condolences online at