Margaret was born Nov. 25, 1924 in Winner, S.D. She moved with her parents and family to Sioux City, as a child. She graduated from Cathedral High School.
Margaret met an Army Air Corps soldier during World War II while she was a Red Cross volunteer, then later married him. The couple lived in Philadelphia, Pa., and Elkton, Md., before settling into Le Mars, in 1960.
Her lasting legacy is the sheer will and immeasurable courage to obtain a divorce in order to secure a better future for her children. Thanks to the support of her father and brothers, and against the incredible odds as a single mother in the late 1960s with meager income, Margaret earned a baccalaureate degree from Westmar College in Le Mars in 1972.
She moved to Dubuque, in the summer of 1973 and worked for the United States government in the Social Security Administration for more than 25 years.
Margaret had 10 children. Three died in early childhood: twin daughters Mary Ann and Mary Margaret in 1953 and another daughter Susan in 1959. Three sons have died recently: Donald in 2004, Kevin in 2009, and Michael in 2010.
Margaret had four brothers. Her brother James died in 1984 and her brother Bob died in 2003.
Margaret is survived by her sons, Buddy of Cape Coral, Fla., Thomas of the Village of Lake Orion, Mich., and Robert of Bloomfield Township, Mich., and her daughter, Patricia Markevicius of Westmont, Ill. Margaret is also survived by her brothers, the Rev. Patrick Waite of San Diego, Calif., and Donald Waite of Saratoga, Calif.
Margaret donated her body for scientific research to the University of Michigan Whole Body Donor program.
A memorial mass will be celebrated Saturday, June 16 at 10 a.m. in the Saint Hugo of the Hills Chapel.
May she rest in peace.