Margaret Josephine Lawler
Wednesday, September 17, 1919
Date of Death:
Wednesday, April 14, 2021
101 years old
Margaret Josephine Lawler
Margaret Josephine (Charlebois) Lawler, 101, passed away peacefully at Madonna Summit of Byron on April 14, 2021. Margaret was born in Redwood Falls, Minnesota on September 17th, 1919 to Andrew and Anne (Macholda) Charlebois.
She attended the University of Minnesota and earned degrees in Nursing and Public Health, graduating in July of 1944.
Margaret researched the health benefits of pasteurization of milk and began her career promoting this practice. Her professional career was in Olmsted County as a Public Health Nurse. She married Richard W. Lawler on June 5th, 1948. She became his confidante, his business partner in the Lawler Family Farm, and raised three sons while maintaining her career as an Olmsted County Public Health Nurse. As an active member of the St. Francis Catholic Faith Community, she served as the President of the St. Francis Rosary Society and was a life-long member of the St Joseph’s Rosary Society. Margaret baked countless cakes, brownies and cookies for funerals and gatherings held at the parish. She enjoyed walking, gardening and growing flowers in concert with raising her family. At times she would say the latter two had remarkable similarities, the goal was to help them both to blossom.
She is survived by her three sons, Timothy R. (Patricia), Patrick A. (Carlene) and Stephan E. (Brenda) Lawler; nine grandchildren, Andy (Danielle), Joe (Tiffany), Tony (Brianna), Dan, Molly, Katie, Sarah, Bridget and Michael Lawler; nine great grandchildren Sutton, Blair, Aubrey, Ava, Lyvia, Luke, Brielle, Landen and Declan Lawler as well as several nieces and nephews in the Charlebois and Lawler families.
Margaret was preceded in death by her husband Richard; infant daughter Mary Josephine; brother Eugene, and her parents Andrew and Anne (Macholda) Charlebois.
Margaret was an example of Commitment, Perseverance, and Tenacity as a mother, a partner with her husband Richard, to her family, friends and as a public health nurse. She was truly the matriarch of the family and will be missed. God bless her memory.
The family would like to thank all her caregivers including the staff at Madonna Summit for their dedicated care and kindness shown to Margaret.
A Memorial Mass for Margaret is planned for a later date.
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Tim, Pat, and Steve,
Mark Bowman told me of your mother's passing recently. Sorry I didn't see the notice earlier. I only have warm and treasured memories about my time on your parent's farm--baling hay, shooting gophers, listening to the Twins, and making our annual futile excursion to West Newton. And your mother! What meals she prepared. I just loved her cooking, especially her beef stew. Thankfully she knew that and appreciated my appreciation.
Please accept my condolences for your loss. Your folks were good people and made the world a better place for being in it. Take care.
Dear Tim, Pat and the Lawler families,
Our heartfelt sympathy in your mom's passing. You are in our thoughts and prayers. You have a lifetime of very special memories that will help you through the sad times. Thank you so much for sharing this lovely lady, your mom, with us at Madonna Summit in Byron.
Sandy Molenda; Foundation
Dear Lawler family,
Our heartfelt sympathy to each of you on the loss of your mother and grandmother. She was a lovely lady with whom we enjoyed visiting. She will be remembered for her warm smile and gentle nature. A long life so very well lived.
Dick and Sharon Bjerkaas
We were sorry to hear of your Moms passing. My brothers and I had many good suppers with your family after baling hay. We are thinking of you guys.
Mike, Tom and Jim Peterson
My deepest sympathies and prayers for your families. What a wonderful life for a wonderful lady.
Mary Bruns Pyfferoen
Dear Pat, Tim and Steve:
My condolences to you and your families on the loss of your mother. Your parents were always so generous in sharing their home and farm with so many of us.
Warm wishes and love, Bill Wentink
Margaret and I worked together for many years at the Health Department. A wonderful woman. I always enjoyed special treats from her, however more so I love the memories of her as shared stories of her family. You were so special to her. As you miss her take comfort in your special memories of her and the times you shared. My sympathy and prayers to her family. mary wilson
Dear Tim, Pat and Steve,
Thinking of you all at this time. You were blessed to have your Mom with you all these many years. She was always such a hard worker and I can see her working in her garden as I write this. You all have your wonderful memories to treasure of her years with your Dad and all of you at the farm. She joins all of our family in our eternal home. May she rest in God's mercy and peace.
Patty and Dick Lohner
Margaret was an incredible mentor in public health and in life. My condolences, thoughts and prayers are with all of you, the Lawler family.
Dear Tim, Pat & family. What a remarkable life your mom experienced! Remember the stories and don't forget to laugh at some of them between the tears of missing her. God has taken her home to peace & love. Love & hugs from us.
We are so sorry for your loss. Margaret was a great lady. Your family will be in our thoughts and prayers.