Margaret Lucile Kohlschmidt obituary photo
 
In Memory of

Margaret Lucile Kohlschmidt

December 25, 1916 - September 10, 2017

Obituary


My Life Story
By Margaret Kohlschmidt - put together for her 100th Birthday.


I was born December 25, 1916, in the country near O'Neill, Nebraska, to Roy and Georgia
VanEvery DeLong. I was fourth in line of six kids - the oldest Earl, followed by Viola, Freda,
me, Bud and May. In February when I was 4 or 5 years old, mom died and Pop had six kids to
raise. Pop placed an ad in the newspaper for somebody to help raise his children. My soon to
become stepmother, who lived in...

My Life Story
By Margaret Kohlschmidt - put together for her 100th Birthday.


I was born December 25, 1916, in the country near O'Neill, Nebraska, to Roy and Georgia
VanEvery DeLong. I was fourth in line of six kids - the oldest Earl, followed by Viola, Freda,
me, Bud and May. In February when I was 4 or 5 years old, mom died and Pop had six kids to
raise. Pop placed an ad in the newspaper for somebody to help raise his children. My soon to
become stepmother, who lived in Oklahoma, answered the ad and came to live with us for three
months. At that time, Pop decided that he would like Anna to help raise the kids and they married.
Anna brought a daughter, Katherine, with her and moved in permanently. All of us kids worked
on the farm - we grew rye, oats, corn and milked cows and hauled hay. One year dad said if we
were able to harvest the corn by Thanksgiving he would buy a radio. We were the first in our
neighborhood to have a radio and also the first to have a new car - a 1926 Ford.

I was the first one to graduate from high school - then May. May and I lived with an aunt and
did housekeeping for her while attending school. After graduating from school, I taught grades
1 - 8 in a country school for a year and then taught at Stuart the next year.

It was while I taught at Stuart that I met Bill Kohlschmidt. In less than a year we were married
and moved in with Bill's folks. It was here that our first born, William, Jr. arrived. Bill found a
job in Wewela, South Dakota, where we lived for almost a year then moved back to Stuart where
Bill was employed by the hospital and later found work at a lumber company.

1943 was the big move to Washington. We packed up everything we owned in a green suitcase -
I was pregnant with Sharon, Jr was 5, and we boarded the train to Battle Ground, Washington.
We lived in a one-room 12 x 16 house on Bill's brother's (Leonard) place. Sharon was born here.
My sister May came out to work in the shipyards for a couple of months and also lived with us -
there were now 5 people living in our one-room house. We all worked in the shipyards at this
time.

In 1945 Bill started work with the Vancouver School District - first as a janitor and worked his
way up to head of maintenance for the district. We also purchased our Ridgefield home that
year for $4500. Our third child, Judy, joined the family in 1949. I worked at Jantzen Knitting
Mills for a couple of years in the 50's, then went to work for Del Monte for 22 years.

In 1962 we sold the farm and built a new house in Felida where we had raspberry and blackberry
fields to harvest. We sold our berries to Robinson Cold Storage in Ridgefield.

Bill died on January 3, 1970, and I sold the house and bought a duplex in Vancouver. I retired
from Del Monte in 1979 and started bowling, dancing, playing bridge and golfing. Today I
continue to play bridge, take walks, and work in the yard. (2008)
*********************
In 2013, it was decided that mom could not safely live by herself so we moved her to a retirement
center. She lived at the center for a year until she became an 'exit seeker' and we moved the
'wanderer' to a home with 5 other ladies where she received loving care.

The following is Margaret's obituary:

Margaret L. Kohlschmidt, 100, of Vancouver passed away Sunday, September 10, 2017. She was born December 25, 1916 in O'Neill, Nebraska to Roy and Georgia DeLong.

Margaret is survived by her children, William (Mary) Kohlschmidt, Sharon (Dennis) Kytola and Judy (George) Kase; seven grandchildren; and twelve great grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her husband, William; and granddaughter, Wendi.

A funeral service for Margaret will be 1:00PM, Saturday, September 16th at the Vancouver Funeral Chapel, 110 E. 12th St., Vancouver, WA 98660. Interment will be at Park Hill Cemetery in Vancouver.

Memorial donations are appreciated to the Salvation Army or a veteran's charity of your choice.