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Margaret Burns’ strong heart stopped beating on March 24, 2018, in Arizona. She was born in 1910 on an Alberta, Canada homestead, the next to the youngest of 12 children of Joe and Margaret Schupfer. She lived most of her life in northern Iowa, was schooled at Rodman and Mallard.

She farmed with her handicapped husband, Thomas Burns, in the West Bend/Rolfe area. They had four children who ate some of the best garden vegetables from her clean garden. She cooked delicious meals (great chicken and noodles and oh, those pies). After becoming a widow, she farmed by herself for two years before retiring to Arizona, first Phoenix and then Cottonwood.

She is survived by her four children, all of Arizona – Bob Burns (Gayle), Anita Jackson, Mary Smith (Richard) and Linda Burns, who is a former Garden City resident; her four grandchildren – Mark Burns (Kelly), Michael Burns (Gina), John Jackson (Sandy) and Cynthia Blake (Justin); her nine great-grandchildren – Kyle Burns (Samantha), Britney Burns-Jones (Shayne), Sean Burns (Tiffany), Erica Abernathy (Patrick), Michaela Burns, Jake Jackson, Christian Blake, Michael Blake and Anne Blake; and her seven great-great-grandchildren – Teaghen Burns, Pylot Burns, Brekyn Jones, Elena Burns, Gunner Burns, Rylar Abernathy and Edge Jones.

Margaret was a beautiful person, a loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and great-great-grandmother. She was kind, compassionate, wise, understanding and had a great sense of humor.

Arrangements were made and services were held in Arizona.

Local services were held at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, 206 1st Ave, NW in West Bend. Visitation with Rosary was Tuesday, April 10, with the Rosary starting at 4:00 p.m. and visitation following from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Mass was held on Wednesday, April 11, with Rosary starting at 12:30 p.m. and Mass following at 1:00 p.m. Margaret was laid to rest next to her husband at West Bend Cemetery following Mass.

Contributions in Margaret’s name can be made to the Old Town Mission at or the Catholic Charities USA at

An online guestbook is available to sign at