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Margaret H. Staats

February 4, 1916 September 1, 2011
Margaret H. Staats
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Peoria-Margaret H. Staats, 95, of Roanoke, formerly of Peoria, passed away peacefully with family at 2:20 p.m. Thursday, September 1, 2011 at Apostolic Christian Home in Roanoke, IL. Born on February 4, 1916 in Clinton County, Iowa to William Gustav and Bernadine (Brass) Kaeferstein, she married H.W. Staats on February 1, 1941 in Davenport, Iowa. He preceded her in death on January 19, 1975. Surviving are three sons, Stephen Staats of Port St. Joe, FL, Michael (Patricia) Staats of Peoria and Timothy (Mary Ellen) Staats of Downers Grove, IL; one sister, Sister Mary Vincentia Kaeferstein, BVM of Mt. Carmel in Dubuque, IA; seven grandchildren, Eric Staats of Naples FL, Michele (Terry) Feldmann of Metamora, IL, Anji (Trent) Monge of Roanoke, IL, Teresa (Mark) Sager of Peoria, and Allyson, Timothy and Jeffrey Staats of Downers Grove, IL; eight great-grandchildren, Ryan, Meghan and Natalie Feldmann, Ben and Clare Monge and Jack, Mitch and Charlie Sager; and many nieces and nephews, other relatives and friends, including a dear friend, Dorothy Livengood of Peoria Heights. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; one grandson Steve Staats; two sisters Ursula Hahn and Jeanne Green Bloom; three brothers William, Hugh, and Carl Kaeferstein. Margaret was an office manager and so much more as a partner with her husband and sons in the operation of several businesses in the Peoria area including Staats Appliance, Inc., Staats Frozen Food Company and Staats Service Today, Inc. She was a loving Mother rooted in a strong Catholic faith and was especially proud of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was a longtime, active member of St. Thomas the Apostle Church in Peoria Heights. A fishing expert, Margaret enjoyed time spent vacationing and relaxing in Canada with family and friends. In addition to lots of fishing time, she might be found reading, picking blueberries, searching for wild plums or pickling fish. Her mastery of a Scrabble board was a source of envy for her frequent opponents. Her family will forever cherish those memories and more. Residing at St. Augustine Manor for over 21 years, Margaret attended daily Mass and volunteered countless hours in their library and chapel. A funeral Mass will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, September 7, 2011 at St. Thomas the Apostle Church in Peoria Heights with Monsignor William Watson officiating. Visitation will be from 9 – 11 a.m. at the church. Burial will be in Resurrection Cemetery in Peoria. Wright & Salmon Mortuary is in charge of arrangements. Tributes and condolences may be submitted to In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to St. Augustine Manor, Peoria and the Apostolic Christian Home in Roanoke, IL.


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