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Margaret Emily (McCuskey) Nikstad 1921 - 2014

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Margaret E. Nikstad, 92, of Carlton and formerly of Foxboro, Wis., passed away Thursday, July 31, 2014, at Community Memorial Hospital in Cloquet. She was born Nov. 25, 1921, in Clear Creek Township of Carlton County to Homer and Anna (Oltmanns) McCuskey. While attending high school, Margaret held a work study job in the Wrenshall School office under the National Youth Administration (NYA). Music was very important to Margaret and she learned to play the organ and piano by ear at a young age. During and after high school years, Margaret played piano in a local dance band. Margaret enlisted with the United States Army Air Corps and graduated from basic training on D-Day. She served during World War II and was assigned to Tinker Field, Okla.

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Margaret was united in marriage to Orville E. Nikstad on April 20, 1945, in Carlton. During Margaret's Foxboro years, she was president of the Patzau PTA and the Patzau-Nemadji PTA. She was a longtime member of Bethel Lutheran Church in Superior. She worked for the Wisconsin DNR at Pattison Park for 12 years and retired in 1980. During Margaret's retirement years, she volunteered for the School District of Superior in the "Right to Read" and the "Teacher Mom" programs.

Margaret loved to travel and throughout her life has traveled to all the states except Alaska. In 1994, she traveled with her son and daughter-in-law to Hawaii, Australia and Tasmania. Besides music and traveling, Margaret loved reading, puzzles, crocheting, knitting, long stitch pictures, sewing baby quilts and crafts. She discovered long stitch while in Australia. After surgery in Aug. of 2003, Margaret became the first "swing-bed" patient at St. Mary's Hospital in Superior, and was visited by then Governor of Wisconsin, Jim Doyle and Senator Robert Jauch. Margaret loved living at Pine View Apartments, where she enjoyed a busy social life including church services, sing-a-longs; coffee clubs, jig saw puzzles and birthday parties.

Margaret was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Orville Nikstad; daughter, Barbara Obester; son, Edward Nikstad; and a brother, Albert McCuskey. She is survived by her children, Richard (Bonnie) Nikstad, James (Emalyn) Nikstad, Jane (James) Olson, Ronald (Tracy) Nikstad, Gerald (Debbie) Nikstad, and Sandra Rutheford; daughter-in-law, Judy Nikstad; brothers, Donald (Barbara) McCuskey, Harry (Carol) McCuskey; sister, Anna Strand; sisters-in-law, Audrey McCuskey, Joan Nikstad and Carole Strohman; 15 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; one anxiously expected great-grandson; and numerous nieces and nephews. The family would like to thank the staff and residents at Pine View Apartments for their friendship; and also to the staff at Community Memorial Hospital for the wonderful care given to Margaret and her family.

Visitation will be 5-7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 4, 2014, at Nelson Funeral Care in Cloquet. The visitation will resume on Tuesday, Aug. 5, from 10 a.m. until the 11 a.m. funeral service also at Nelson Funeral Care, with Military Honors presented by the Cloquet Combined Honor Guard. Luncheon will follow in the fellowship room. Interment services will be at Holyoke Cemetery. See the family online guest book at www.nelsonfuneralcare.net.

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