Margaret Bradbury, 79, formerly of Spring Valley

Margaret (Koebke) Bradbury, 79, of Rochester, died on Friday, May 3, 2019, due to kidney failure, at Saint Marys Hospital in Rochester.

Margaret Marie Affeldt was born on April 30, 1940, in Fillmore County to Edwin and Sophia (Horstman) Affeldt.

She grew up on the family farm in rural Wykoff.

She attended school and graduated from Wykoff High School in 1958.

She was married to John Koebke on March 1, 1960, at the Little Brown Church in Nashua, Iowa.

Following their marriage the couple lived in Spring Valley, where they raised their family and lived for many years. She was a homemaker and was employed as a cook at the Spring Valley Hospital and Spring Valley Care Center for 14 years. As her husband’s health began to fail, she stayed at home to care for him. He died on June 27, 1990.

She was a past member of First English Lutheran Church in Spring Valley.

She was married to Samuel Bradbury for two months until his death on Jan. 3, 1992.

She moved to Rochester in 2002 to live with her daughter. She was employed at Samaritan Bethany Home in Rochester for 12 years.

She was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Rochester for a number of years. She loved to cook and followed the Twins and Vikings. She got interested in hockey when her grandson began playing. While watching sports she would knit and always had many projects going at once. She enjoyed visiting with friends and spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She is survived by two sons, Michael of Rapid City, S.D., and Steven (Barb) of rural Spring Valley; one daughter, Luann Therneau of Rochester; daughter-in-law, Amy Koebke of Bemidji, Minn.; six grandchildren, Cody (Missi) Koebke, Blake (Amanda) Koebke, Cole Koebke and Alyssa Koebke, Walter Therneau and David (Anna) Therneau; eight great-grandchildren; one sister, Marion (Vince) Olson of Spring Valley; one sister-in-law, Maggie Affeldt of Wykoff and nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husbands; her son, Ron Koebke and one brother, Marlin Affeldt. 

A memorial service for her will be held at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, May 8, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Rochester with the Rev. Nathaniel Schwartz officiating. Burial will follow in Racine-Salem Cemetery in rural Racine. A time of visitation for family and friends will take place from 5 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, May 7, at Griffin-Gray Funeral Home in Stewartville and one hour prior to the service at the church on Wednesday morning.

Arrangements are with Griffin-Gray Funeral Home in Stewartville.

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