Margaret Ann Hongerholt passed away March 30, 2023 at home surrounded by her family. Margaret (Maggie to her friends) was born October 27, 1965 in Minneapolis, MN to Harold & Patricia (Dunn) Waters. When she was in kindergarten the family moved to Albert Lea, MN.
She graduated with the ALHS class of 1984 and continued on to St. Teresa's College and Winona State University where she graduated in Mathematics. She returned to Winona and obtained her composite engineering degree and later her Master's of Education. She taught high school math in Baltimore, MD, West St. Paul, Wabasha/Kellogg and Findley, OH. The last 20 years she was teaching in the Rochester School District mostly at Century until health issues forced her to take leave.
Maggie was always hard working. She worked her way through high school and college while enjoying life and helping others. She began early by working bingo and dinners at the KC Hall, drug stores in Albert Lea and Winona, milked cows while in college and among other jobs kept house for her dad's bachelor cousins on the farm in Waumandee, WI. For many years Maggie could be found managing the bar at the annual Whalan ball tournament. Margaret was a faithful member of St. Charles Borromeo Church, Catholic Daughters of America and the Moose.
Her composite engineering classmate Derrick introduced her to his brother Doug Hongerholt and they were married July 6, 1996. Margaret soon won over all the Hongerholt's with her social nature, "Maggie's Milkshakes", and card playing ability. She was the main hostess for the annual Hongerholt Hoedown. They have two daughters Kathryn Ann and Erin Rose of whom she was very proud.
For the past year Margaret has been battling a brain tumor with faith, cheer and perseverance. She was able to take her girls on their grand tour of Ireland last summer visiting relatives. Maggie was very proud of the fact that she was 100% Irish celebrating it whenever possible.
Margaret is survived by her husband Doug; daughters, Katie & Erin; sister, Teresa Waters & Matt Dworschak; Mary & John Auer; Patty & Adrian Kanten and nephews Sean & Connor Kanten' mom, Darlys Storhoff; brothers Dean & Eva, Darrin & Norma, Derrick & Chris; step brothers, Troy, Steve, Eric & Brent Storhoff; nieces, Annie, Sophie, Clara; nephews, Aaron, Brandon and Charlie; and great nieces, Madison and Ciara. As well as many cousins, friends, and her Fat Club Family from Albert Lea.
Margaret's Irish wake will be held at Hoff Funeral Home in St. Charles, MN with Rosary and Prayers at 4:30 led by the Catholic Daughters. Visitation from 5:00 until 8:00 Sunday evening and Monday morning from 10:00 to time of service. The Funeral Mass will be held at St. Charles Borromeo Church at 11:00 with Fr. Tim Biren and Fr. Tom Loomis celebrating. Burial will be at a later date in the Whalan Lutheran Cemetery.
The family would like to thank Maggie's many friends who have supported her and her family over her life and especially during her health battle this last year.
"So, fill to me the parting glass, God bless, and joy be with you all."