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WASHBURN – Margaret J. Weygand, 93, of Washburn, passed away Friday, August 19, 2022, at OSF Richard L. Owens Hospice Home in Peoria.
She was born on August 31, 1928, in Terre Haute, IN, to Edwin and L. Blanche (Downs) Arnett. She married John Weygand on May 9, 1953, in Morton. He preceded her in death on November 18, 2002.
She was also preceded in death by two brothers, Edwin Davis Arnett and Chalmer Edwin Arnett.
Surviving are her children, Dawn (Clyde) Mishler of East Peoria and Scott (Esther) Weygand of Washburn; two grandchildren, Kourtney (Brett) Burton of Washington and Jonathan (Julie) Phelps of Washington; five great grandchildren, John Phelps, Carter and Cole Burton, Bryson Phelps Burgess, and Ashlynn Phelps, all of Washington; three step grandchildren, Charles (Marissa) Golden, Samantha (Carlos Gonzalez)Golden and Sarah (Dolan) Kasnick; and five step great grandchildren, Hunter and Aubrey Golden, William Gonzalez and Allie and Wilson Kasnick.
Margaret owned and worked at J & M Tots and Teens Children’s Clothing and Retail in Morton for 10 years, retiring in 1966. She also worked at the Morton Village Pharmacy.
In 1947, Margaret was a charter member of the Morton United Methodist Church, where she was involved with Hannah’s Circle, the adult choir and was program director for the Golden Ages Club. She and her husband, John, were the second couple to be married at Morton United Methodist Church. Margaret was a former church financial secretary from 1949 to early 1950’s.
In 1973, she and John moved to Mequon, Wisc., where she became a member of the Mequon United Methodist Church and served as a choir director from 1979 to 1989. After another move in 1989 to Lakeland, FL, Margaret became a member and founding director of the Schalamar Singer’s from 1990 to 2003 and was a member of St. John’s United Methodist Church in Winter Haven, FL. She attended both Morton United Methodist Church and Sunnyland Christian Church as long as she was able.
Margaret volunteered with Community Hospice of America and RSVP, both located in Peoria. She was active with the Fondulac Park District senior program.
Cremation rites will be accorded. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, August 27, 2022, at Morton United Methodist Church in Morton, with Pastor Bill Novak and Pastor Adam Penn officiating. Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m., at the church prior to the service. Burial will be in Hillcrest Memory Gardens in Morton.
Memorials may be made to Morton United Methodist Church Building Fund or Sunnyland Christian Church Choir and Bus Ministry.
Knapp-Johnson Funeral Home and Cremation Center in Morton is handling arrangements.
To leave an online condolence for the family, visit www.knappjohnson.com.
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