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“In Memoriam” listings are expanded paid obituaries, phrased as the family requests, and may include enhanced information or photographs that might not fit within free death notices.

Margaret Franta

Margaret V. (Bossert) Franta gently passed away on Friday, Feb. 9, 2018, at Manor Care in Springfield, Missouri.

She was born June 16, 1934, on the family homestead near Karlsruhe, North Dakota.

Peggy was the ninth of 12 children of the late Mathias and Margaret (Klein) Bossert.

After high school in Minot, North Dakota, she was trained as a nurse at St. Joseph’s, also in Minot.

She married Arnold “Arnie” Franta on Dec. 31, 1955.

Peggy worked for more than 30 years as a registered nurse and was chosen to help care for former President Harry S Truman at Research Medical Center in Kansas City, Missouri, before his death. She retired from St. Luke’s Hospital in Kansas City.

Arnie and Peggy raised three daughters in Kansas City, Missouri. They retired to a lake home in Hermitage, Missouri, in 1995. There they enjoyed fishing on their pontoon boat and many fun visits from their daughters and grandchildren.

Peggy also enjoyed painting, reading, and quilting, leaving a library of books and quilts for her daughters.

Peggy was preceded in death by her husband; parents; four brothers, Adolph “Mickey,” Edward “Eddie”, and Aloyisious “Al” Bossert; and one sister, Regina Wyszkowski.

She is survived by her three daughters, Karla Wilson and husband Craig of Bolivar, Missouri; Margo Franta Abdalla of Humansville, Missouri; and Celeste Berry and husband Ken of Norris, Tennessee, as well as 10 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren.

Other survivors include one brother, Leo Bossert and wife Kathy of Junction City, Oregon, and five sisters, Mary Keller of Velva, North Dakota; Theresa Willey and husband Dar of Highlands Ranch, Colorado; and Katherine “Kay” Gefroh and husband Bud, Rose Ann “Rosie” Senger, and Beata “Bea” Berndt, all from Portland, Oregon

The funeral Mass will be 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018, at Holy Family Parish – St. John Nepomucene Catholic Church at Pilsen. A Rosary will be recited at 9:30 a.m. before Mass. Interment will follow at Pilsen Cemetery.

Memorials can be made to the National Kidney Foundation or the Father Kapaun fund.

Zeiner Funeral Home of Marion is in charge of arrangements.

Last modified Feb. 15, 2018