Margaret Peterson Rubenthaler, 90, of Gothenburg, NE, died September 22, 2020 in Gothenburg, NE.

She was born April 28, 1930 in Gothenburg, NE, daughter of Jim Sherman and Helen Grace (Fiddock) Sherman.

She attended school in Gothenburg and Brady. While living in Brady and working at her parents Cafe she met Don Peterson.

Margaret married Donald Douglas Peterson on November 10, 1945. To this union three daughters were born, Connie, Linda and Teri.

Her husband Don worked for Peckhams while they live in Brady, they then moved to Lexington for a couple of years and then to North Platte, NE where they lived until 1967 when they transferred to Denver, CO with Armour & Company. They lived in Denver for 22 years becoming a Bronco Fan. They loved playing cards, square dancing and entertaining friends & family for the holidays.

Margaret was known for making wonderful Angel Food Cakes....everyone has put in a request at one time or another. In 1987 she moved back to Gothenburg. Don preceded her in death on June 23, 1995.

Margaret married her good friend and neighbor, William Joseph Rubenthaler on February 1, 1997. She became a loving stepmother to Bill’s eight children: Kathy, Dave, Karen, Pat, Randy, Tom, Terry, Janet. Margaret and Bill were involved with the Senior Center, card playing and they loved to travel. Bill preceeded her in death on June 8, 2004.

Margaret moved to Stone Hearth in January of 2016 and loved living there until her health failed and moved to Hilltop Estates in Gothenburg. While living at Stone Hearth she loved playing Rummikub and going to Dairy Queen.

Survivors include three daughters, Connie (Denny) Bockus of Gothenburg, Linda Frickson of Gothenburg, Teri Jordan of Gothenburg, Brother Don (Mary) Sherman of Sterling,CO. and sister in law Rosemary Alberts of Gothenburg. Seven grandchildren, 17 - Great grandchildren, 12 - Great Great Grandchildren

Margaret was preceded in death by husband, Donald Douglas Peterson, father, Jim Sherman, mother, Helen Sherman, 2nd husband, William Joseph Rubenthaler, sister, Marjorie Lindekugel, twin sister, Mimi Dodge, sister, DeDe Diehl, granddaughter, Lorie Borron and son in law, David Frickson.

Register Book signing was held Saturday, September 26, 2020 at p.m. at Blase-Strauser Memorial Chapel, Gothenburg, NE with the family present.

Graveside Services were held at Gothenburg Cemetery, September 26, 2020 with Rev. Grace Gichuru officiating.

Inurnment was in the Gothenburg Cemetery, Gothenburg, NE.

Memorials may be given to the Gothenburg Senior Center, Gothenburg, NE.

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