Margaret A. Decker, 92
July 3, 1923 — Nov. 18, 2015
Margaret Decker (nee Gutmann) formerly of Cedarburg and Saukville,
passed away at Hamburg Home in Grafton on Wednesday evening, Nov. 18,
2015, at the age of 92.
Margaret was born in Milwaukee on July 3, 1923,
daughter of George and Agnes Gutmann. She graduated from Washington High
School in Milwaukee and attended the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse,
where she met Thomas Decker. They were married on July 22, 1944, at St.
Sebastian’s Catholic Church in Milwaukee. The couple and their family of
11 children eventually settled in Cedarburg in 1964. Margaret later
moved to Saukville in 1998. Her husband preceded her in death in 2003.
Margaret was a member of St. Francis Borgia Catholic Church in
Cedarburg, and proudly sang in the choir for 30 years. She was a
wonderful baker and made wedding cakes for others. Margaret also sang in
the German choir – DANK – and enjoyed genealogy. She taught 4-H sewing
for over 15 years and enjoyed crafts including knitting, crocheting and
cross-stitch. Margaret loved animals, especially horses.
Margaret is survived by her 11 children: Mary (Donald) Olsen of Sun
City, Ariz., Ann Wilson of San Antonio, Texas, Grace (Earl) Tillman of
Milwaukee, Jane (Greg) Elflein of Cedarburg, Susan (Jerre) Eckes of
Chippewa Falls, Peg (William) Bors of Sarasota, Fla., Thomas Decker Jr.
of Port Washington, Christine (Marty) Schubring of Menomonee Falls,
Robert (Melanie) Decker of Plattsburgh, N.Y., Nancy Decker of Cedarburg
and David (Ann) Decker of Edina, Minn. She is further survived by 14
grandchildren, 6 great-grandchildren, her sister Grace (the late
Everett) Liesch of Round Lake, Ill., nieces, nephews, other relatives
and friends. She is preceded in death by her husband, Thomas, and sister
Jane (the late Joseph) Knofcynski.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov.
25 at St. Francis Borgia Catholic Church North, 1375 Covered Bridge
Road, Cedarburg. Father Justin Lopina will preside. Margaret will be
laid to rest beside her husband at Holy Cross Cemetery, Milwaukee, later
that day. The family will receive visitors at the CHURCH on Wednesday
from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. At the request of the family, memorials are
suggested in lieu of flowers.
The family wishes to express their sincere gratitude to the dedicated
and caring staff at Hamburg Home for the last six years of loving care.
The Eernisse Funeral Home in Cedarburg is assisting the family with
arrangements. Online condolences may be left at