Margaret Streightiff, 82, mother of Grand Meadow woman


Margaret Streightiff

Margaret Kathryn (Hickey) Streightiff, 82, of Austin, died on Saturday, Jan. 26, 2019, at Field Crest Nursing Home in Hayfield.

She was born on a farm on Dec. 3, 1936, in Mason City, Iowa, to Sylvester and Kathryn (Cahalan) Hickey.

She received her education by attending country schools, Adams Catholic School in Adams and graduated high school in LeRoy.

On Aug. 9, 1958, she was united in marriage to Louis Streightiff at St. Finbarr’s Catholic Church in Grand Meadow. Their marriage was blessed with five children.

They made their home in Brownsdale until 2016 when she moved to Austin.

As a young lady, she was a telephone operator in Mason City, Iowa, and Austin. While raising her children, she worked alongside her husband at Countryside Farm Supply as a bookkeeper. Later in life, she started a second career at Shopko in Austin.

She was a devoted Catholic belonging to the Lady of Loretta in Brownsdale for numerous years and then Sacred Heart in Hayfield. She always had a love for reading and prior to moving to Austin volunteered at the Brownsdale library. She was a member of the Eagles Auxiliary, a Red Hatter and was on a bowling league for numerous years. She had several hobbies including ceramics, cross-stitching, crocheting, gardening and cooking.

She is survived by her five children, Dan Streightiff of Dodge Center, Deb (Larry) Sherman of Grand Rapids, David Streightiff of White Bear Lake, Doug (Kris) Streightiff of Sargent and Darcy (Jim) Richardson of Grand Meadow; eight grandchildren, Zach (Kari) Sherman, Brandon (Sara) Sherman, Koby (Pat) Broking, Molly (Alex) Hohenstein, Sydney Richardson, Drew Streightiff, Wyatt Richardson and Maggie Streightiff; four great-grandchildren, Erika and Kemper Sherman, Bryson and Baya Broking and baby Hohenstein on the way; two brothers, James (Donna) Hickey and Charles (Tracey) Hickey and three sisters-in-law, Alma Hickey, Rosie Hickey and Ione Streightiff.

She was preceded in death by a brother, Gene Hickey; two brothers-in-law, Frank and Vernon Streightiff; sister-in-law, Arlene Streightiff and a niece, Becky Snow.

The funeral mass for her was held on Wednesday, Jan. 30, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Hayfield with the Rev. Thomas Niehaus officiating. Interment followed at Fairview Cemetery in Hayfield.

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