Margaret I. Lalk

Margaret I. Lalk, 86, of Hawkeye, died Wednesday, May 21, 2014, at the Hillcrest Home in Sumner.

Funeral services will be held 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, May 27, 2014, at the First Baptist Church in Sumner with Rev. Robert Burchfield officiating. Interment will be in Wilson Grove Cemetery, rural Sumner. Friends may call from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Monday, May 26, 2014, at Becker-Milnes Funeral Home in Sumner and for one hour preceding services at the church on Tuesday. A memorial fund will be established in her name. 

Margaret Ilene, daughter of Wilfred and Hazel (Moser) Potratz, was born December 19, 1927, at home in Sumner, Iowa. She was baptized after accepting Christ as her personal savior and joined the Elgin Baptist Church at the age of eleven. In 1944, she became a charter member of the First Baptist Church of Sumner, where she remained and served faithfully as long as her health permitted. Margaret attended rural school and graduated from Sumner High School in 1945. She attended college at Upper Iowa in Fayette, and taught country school at Banks #3 for three years.

On August 12, 1947, Margaret was united in marriage with Herman Lalk at the Little Brown Church in Nashua, Iowa. Margaret’s first love was her family, then her church. She sang many solos for Ladies Retreat, weddings, funerals, anniversaries and school functions. She also had a big garden, loved flowers, and raised chickens, ducks, and kittens. She taught Sunday School and organized the Sunday School Christmas Eve Program for many years. She also led Bible School and was the leader of the Sunday School for the first eight grades.

Margaret is survived by three sons, David (Debrah) Lalk of Westgate, James (Nancy) Lalk of Sumner, and Steve (Sharon) Lalk of Richmond, Virginia; eleven grandchildren; and twenty-four great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Herman, who died October 22, 2012; a daughter, Norma Rieck; her parents; one brother, Lorimer Potratz; and one sister, Dorothy Settje.


Charline Schmitt on May 28, 2014 at 12:35 PM said:

I am so sorry to hear of your mother's passing. She was a lovely lady and I always enjoyed visiting with her. I will always remember when discovered we were neighbors and our talks about her dog. Prayers to you all and God bless you for being there for her. Take care.
Sandy Jaschen on May 28, 2014 at 9:37 AM said:

Hi David and Deb,
We are so sorry to hear about your Mother, David, we just found out about it. Our sympathy to all of the family, you will be in our prayers at this sad time for all.

Delbert and Toni Lee on May 26, 2014 at 12:50 PM said:

Condolences on your loss.
Anonymous on May 26, 2014 at 9:50 AM said:

Dave and Debbie-
We are praying and thinking of you during your time of loss.
David & Cheryl Hanson and boys
Fayette, Iowa
Ronald Floden on May 24, 2014 at 7:44 PM said:

Wanda and I are very sorry about the lost of your mother. Your mother played an essential part in my life and many others as a Sunday School teacher, Bible School teacher, friend and in my case as an adopted son. I will always be thankfull for what your parents did for me and yet I know I will never be able to repay them. To each of you rest assured that your mother has gone to that Mansion Just Over the Hilltop to be with your dad.
Marilyn Gonnerman on May 24, 2014 at 5:19 AM said:

My thoughts and prayers are with your family during these days. Praying for God's comfort for all!
Lawrence Greene on May 23, 2014 at 1:58 PM said:

Our deepest Sympathy to the family of Margaret. Margaret was my school teacher during my 7th and 8th grade in a one room school house in the rural Sumner area. Have fond memories.

May God Comfort and Bless Margaret's Family
Diane Weltner & Wendall Kueker on May 23, 2014 at 7:25 AM said:

Our deepest sympathy to the Lalk family; our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Joe & Diane Zabel on May 22, 2014 at 3:33 PM said:

We extend our thoughts and prayers to the entire Lalk-Potratz family.
Myrna and Donald Greene on May 22, 2014 at 12:24 PM said:

We are saddened for your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
Brad & Kim Bunce on May 22, 2014 at 12:00 PM said:

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family during this difficult time.

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