Margaret E. Balkman

Margaret E. Balkman (nee Jacobson) passed away at age 100 on October 6, 2015, at AngelsGrace Hospice.

She was the loving mother of R.J. (Claudia), Dr. David (Dr. Cheryl) and Tricia (Mark) Green; proud grandmother to Carah, Jovita, Dr. Eric, Daniel, Stacey, Dr. Debra, Jamie and Jake; and thankful great-grandmother to Alexandra, Elise, Eila, Hayley, Isabella, Jack, John, Joy, Morgan, Ethan, Miriam, Mary and Madison. She is further survived by cousin Naomi (Rev. Ole) Winter of Decorah, Iowa, and nieces, nephews and many special friends.

She was preceded in death by her loving husband, Del. Visitation will be at Our Saviorís Lutheran Church, 145 E. Lisbon Road, Oconomowoc, on Saturday, October 24, from 11:30 to 1:30 with a memorial service immediately following. On Sunday, October 25, at 1:30 there will be a memorial gathering at Three Pillars, 375 Highway 67, Dousman.

Margaret received a lifetime license from the Conservatory of Music and Dramatic Art, was a graduate of Gale Junior College and attended St. Olaf and Carroll colleges to further her education. She was always concerned about the welfare of children and taught kindergarten and was a day care coordinator for United Migrant Opportunity Services. She became a social worker for Day Care Services for Children until her retirement. Always having a passion for acting became associated with Schoolhouse Players and enjoyed many years of performing in plays. She was also a charter member volunteer for 50 years at Oconomowoc Memorial Hospital. Vibrant and sharp to the end, she was often asked the secret to her longevity and she was quick to respond: her faith, family and sense of humor.

The family wishes to thank the entire staff at AngelsGrace, ProHealth Home Care and Dr. Catherine Way for their compassionate care. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given in her honor to The Womenís Center, 505 N. East Ave., Waukesha, or AngelsGrace Hospice at N74 W35098 Servants Way, Oconomowoc.

Schmidt & Bartelt Notbohm-Kreutzmann Funeral and Cremation Services is serving the family. For more information, call 262567-4459 or visit online at www.schmidtandbartelt.com.