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Margaret C. Schliesman, 84, Columbus

September 26, 2018

Margaret C. Schliesman, 84, of Columbus, passed away Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018, at Columbus Community Hospital.

She was born Oct. 5, 1933, in the town of Fountain Prairie, the daughter of Mark and Adeline (Warmke) Schliesman. She graduated from Columbus High School in 1951. She was an accounting and data processing manager for several businesses including 52 years at the Fall River Canning Company, Friday Canning Company, Chiquita Processed Foods and Seneca Foods. Margaret was an active member of St. Jerome Catholic Church in Columbus and St. Joseph Catholic Church in Rio, where she was a trustee for 14 years and served on the parish council for two years. She served on many women’s business and professional organizations such as the Madison and Columbus Business and Professional Women’s Clubs, the Southern Region where she was region district president, and also the Rio Women’s Club. Margaret volunteered at the Columbus-Fall River Food Pantry, the Red Cross Blood Drives, St. Vincent de Paul Store, and the Elder Peer Support group. She had a passion for traveling including trips to Alaska, Russia and Europe. She also had an interest in family genealogy.

Survivors include two brothers, Francis Schliesman of Beaver Dam and Eugene Michael (Kathleen) Schliesman of Rio; one sister, Rose (Leonard) Hein of Pardeeville; nieces and nephews, Tammy Westphal, Todd Schliesman, Troy (Michelle) Schliesman, Ann (Michael) Saunders, Suzanne Hein, Joseph (Jennifer) Hein, Elizabeth (David) Frederick and Leonard Jr. (Paula) Hein.

She was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Jerrold Schliesman; sister, Mary Belcher; brother-in-law, Cy Belcher; sister-in-law, Virginia Schliesman; and niece, Regina Hein.

A memorial mass will be held at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 3, at St. Jerome Catholic Church, 1515 Farnham St., Columbus, with Father Garrett Kau presiding. Inurnment will follow at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery in Rio. Visitation will be held from 10:30 a.m. until the time of service at the church. Online condolences may be made at www.grassefs.com. Grasse Funeral Service in Rio is serving the family.

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