Margaret M. McGurk, 89
Jan. 20, 1928 ó Nov. 18, 2017
Margaret M. McGurk (nee Gall, nee Fechter) passed away Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017, at the age of 89 surrounded by her family. She was born to Alois and Susan (Fleissner) Fechter Sr. in the town of Saukville on Jan. 20, 1928, and was a graduate of Holy Trinity Catholic grade school in Newburg.
On May 7, 1949, she married Oliver Gall of Cedarburg and began raising her sons John, Tom and Michael. Less than five weeks after Michaelís birth, Oliver was killed in a traffic accident on Aug. 23, 1954. She moved her family to her fatherís farm until August 1956, when she relocated to Cedarburg. While raising her sons over the next 15 years, she worked as a cashier at Paulus Supermarket.
In 1971, she married James Patrick McGurk. Together they created a blended family of 10 siblings ages 9 to 21. Now living in Fox Point, she not only managed this large family but later returned to work at Sendikís, where she remained until retiring and moving to Las Vegas with Jim in 1996.
Jimís poor health in 2002 caused them to return to Wisconsin in late 2002, when they moved to Brookfield Highlands in Waukesha. With Jimís passing in 2005, Margaret remained at Brookfield Highlands until December 2015, when she moved to HarborChase of Shorewood, where she resided until her death.
Margaretís love of life was evident in everything she did. Whether cooking meals for 20 or more, tending her gardens, playing with her dogs, playing cards, especially sheepshead; reading books; doing jigsaw puzzles or donating to the ďone-arm banditsĒ at the casino, she never seemed to run out of energy. Additionally, she loved spending time with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She especially enjoyed the annual family campout weekend which she still participated in this last June. Over the years Margaret became the glue that held this large family together. She is survived by John (Cathy) Gall, Michael (Cheryl Wyant) Gall, Mary Pat (Jack Erdman) McGurk, Dennis (Kate) McGurk, Daniel (Roxanne) McGurk, Nancy (Gordon) Haak, Jim (Roxanne) McGurk, Judith (Craig) Papajohn, Kevin (Christine) McGurk and Laureen (David Cohen) Seeger.
She is further survived by 20 grandchildren, Nick, Chris, Melissa, Matthew, Meaghan, Michael, Mallory, Marshal, Dan, Kelly, Kara, Andrea, Jessica, Tom, Molly, George, Kathy, Kyle, Angela, Grace; 13 great-grandchildren, Vanessa, Damian, Nico, Tristan, Maile, Jack, Ben, Lars, Lena, Leonard, Nolan, Grady, Magnus; sister Barbara (Don) Brickheimer, brother Robert Fechter, sisters- in-law Frances (Bob) Kissinger, Marion (Biever) Paklasny and numerous cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends.
In addition to her husbands and parents, Margaret was preceded in death by her son Tom, step-mother Rose Fechter, brother George Fechter, brother Alois Fechter Jr., sister Rosemary Wolf and sister Marie Schwinn.
A Mass of Christian Burial will take place at 1 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 24, 2017, at St. Francis Borgia Catholic Church North (1375 Covered Bridge Road, Cedarburg, WI) with Father Thomas Eichenberger presiding. Visitation will be at the CHURCH from 11 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Interment will take place at St. Francis Borgia Catholic Cemetery.
A special thanks to the caring staff at HarborChase and Heartland Hospice.
The Eernisse Funeral Home of Cedarburg is honored to assist the family. Online condolences may be left at www.eernissefuneralhome.com.