January 3, 2023 at 2:30 p.m.
Margaret L. Scherer, 92, of Freeport, passed away peacefully Dec. 27, 2022, surrounded by family at the beautiful Quiet Oaks Hospice House in St. Augusta.
A Mass of Christian Burial was Dec. 31 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Freeport with the Rev. Daniel Walz officiating. Interment was in the parish cemetery.
Margaret Lorraine Scherer was born March 12, 1930, in St. Martin, to Joseph and Catherine (Heinen) Rausch. She married Cyril George Scherer June 4, 1957, at St. Martin Catholic Church in St. Martin. They farmed together in St. Joseph until 1973, when they moved the family farm to Freeport where she lived until recently moving to Park View Senior Assisted Living in Melrose.
Throughout her life, Margaret was a loving wife, caring mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, as well as a devoted sister. Faith, family and farm meant everything to her. Her strong work ethic and independent nature were evident as a homemaker and business partner on the farm. She enjoyed being informed about current events and discussing topics of importance to her, as well as baseball games, gardening, cooking, baking and playing card games.
Margaret graduated as valedictorian from Melrose High School in 1949. She then cared for her aging grandmother in St. Martin before attending St. Cloud Business College and working as a bank teller, bowling and attending Rox games.
She attended the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Freeport, where she volunteered in the Christian Women’s Group and served for many years providing leadership in the Freeport MCCL chapter. She was also very actively involved in 4-H while her children were young.
Survivors include her children, Jim Scherer of Freeport, Diane Scherer of St. Joseph, Lorna (Rob) Hammer of Coon Rapids, Theresa (Mark) Pearson of San Diego, California, Tom (Jenni) Scherer of Paynesville, Sandy (John) Von Wahlde of St. Rosa, Linda Scherer (Andy Opatz) of Sauk Rapids, and Karen Scherer of St. Joseph; 14 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren; and sisters and brother Dorothy (Tom) Koshiol of St. Cloud, Jeanette Steichen of St. Joseph, Donald (Maggie) Rausch of St. Martin, and Catherine Meierhofer of Eden Valley.
Margaret was preceded in death by her parents, Joseph and Catherine Rausch; husband Cyril Scherer Feb. 24, 2007; infant daughter Barbara Scherer; sisters Mildred Meierhofer and Arlene Meyer; and brothers-in-law, John Steichen, Harold Meierhofer and Aloys “Red” Meyer.
Arrangements were made with Patton-Schad Funeral & Cremation Services of Freeport.