Margaret Appolonia Diestler, 98
Margaret Appolonia Munhall DeRoos Diestler passed away on July 14, 2019, under the care of LeRoyer Hospice at Homme Home in Wittenberg. She was born May 25th, 1921 to James and Rose (Mares) Munhall in the town of Aniwa. Margaret graduated from Birnamwood High School in 1938. She married Theodore (Dick) DeRoos in Birnamwood on October 16, 1948. They farmed in Birnamwood and had six children together. He preceded her in death on April 16, 1972. On August 24, 1974, she was united in marriage to Arthur Diestler. He preceded her in death on January 23, 1997.
She is survived by 5 of her 6 children and 4 step-children: Marie Freitag, Birnamwood, John DeRoos, Wittenberg, Alyce (Marty) Hartleben, Clintonville, Ted DeRoos (Glenda Peterson), Birnamwood, Tom DeRoos, Bowler, Darrell Diestler, Douglas Diestler, James (Sharon) Diestler, and Rosie Hagen. She was blessed with 14 grandchildren: Peggy (Brian) Ranney, Bob Wincentsen, Janelle (Steve) Quade, James DeRoos Jr, Joseph DeRoos, Henry Hartleben, Samantha Hartleben, Bud (Tasha) Krause, Brittney (Justin) Paiser, Cassandra Perez, Theresa DeRoos, Thomas DeRoos Jr, Montana (Steve) Rickert, Winter DeRoos, and Ireland DeRoos. Margaret also had 15 great grandchildren and 1 great-great grandchild along with step-grandchildren and step-great grandchildren; and daughter-in-law Jackie DeRoos of Birnamwood. She was preceded in death by her parents, husbands, and one son James DeRoos.
Margaret and her husband, Dick DeRoos, farmed in Birnamwood until his death in 1972. While farming, they also had a mail route in earlier years. Margaret and Dick also opened their home to a number of foster children while raising their own family. Margaret always said there was room for one more at the table. After her marriage to Arthur Diestler, they owned and operated Diestler Forest Products running a saw mill and lathe mill. Margaret also was an assessor for local townships for a number of years. Margaret had many interests including gardening, knitting, fishing, reading, quilting, sewing, going to rummage sales and loved horses. She loved to travel and one of her favorite trips was to Ireland. Margaret was a hard worker, very proud of her Irish heritage, and was happiest when she had something to do.
A mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11AM on Friday, July 19, 2019 at St. Philomena Catholic Parish, Birnamwood. Rev. Vicente Llagas will officiate. Visitation will be on Friday from 9AM until the time of Mass at the church. Burial will be in the Parish Cemetery. There will be a Rosary recited at 9AM at the Church.
Schmidt & Schulta Funeral Home, Birnamwood is assisting the family with funeral arrangements. Memories and condolences may be shared at schmidtschulta.com.
An Irish Blessing:
May there always be work for your hands to do .
May your purse always hold a coin or two.
May the sun always shine on your windowpane.
May a rainbow be certain to follow each rain.
May the hand of a friend always be near you.
May god fill your heart with gladness to cheer you and until we meet again, May God hold you in the Palm of His hand.