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Obituary for Margaret J. Molnar
Margaret J. Molnar July 31, 1913 - May 2, 2010 Margaret J. Molnar passed away at a local care facility in Brookings on Sun., May 2, 2010. She was 96. Margaret was born July 31, 1913 in Chicago, IL to John and Elizabeth (Knapp) Mettro. She grew up there. Margaret married Alexander Molnar on Jun 29, 1935 in Chicago. They moved to South Haven, MI in 1953. Margaret worked in the baking industry there and did catering for McKenzie's Bakery. Alexander preceded her in death in 1969; she moved to California in 1977 to be near her daughter. She would later follow her daughter and son-in-law to Brookings in 1998. Margaret loved to bake and to cook. Her Hungarian and German background meant that there was always something wonderful coming from her kitchen -- including her signature Apple Strudel. Cooking was her passion so much so that even after she went into the nursing home and could no longer cook, she spent her days reading recipe books. She was a loving and caring mother, grandmother and great grandmother. Margaret was also a member of Star of the Sea Catholic Church in Brookings and was active with the senior centers in the communities she lived. Survivors include her daughter and son-in-law, Marguerite and Harry Roberts of Brookings, grandson, Richard Roberts and his wife, Cathy of Brookings, Theresa Vander Poel and her husband, Dr. Hank Vander Poel of Los Banos, CA, great grandchildren, Sean, Arik, Collin and Dylan Roberts, Andrew, Matthew, Victoria, Nathan, Jerome, Samuel, Anthony, John Paul and Phillip Vander Poel. In addition to her husband, Margaret was preceded in death by an infant son, Alexander, and sisters, Mary Kovacs and Elizabeth Kovacs. Memorial contributions may be made to Star of the Sea Catholic Church or to the American Heart Association. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at Star of the Sea Catholic Church on Thursday, May 6, 2010 at 11:00am with Father Joseph Bosch officiating. Recitation of the Holy Rosary will precede the Mass at 10:30am. A luncheon reception will follow the Mass in the Parish Hall. Margaret will be laid to rest next to her husband at Arlington Hill Cemetery in Bangor, MI.