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Margaret Courneya

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Aug. 13, 1923-March 6, 2011

Margaret Courneya, 87, of Frazee, passed away at her home on Sunday, March 6, 2011, under the care of Hospice of the Red River Valley.

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Visitation was set from 4 to 7 p.m. today (Wednesday) at the Furey Funeral Home in Frazee, with a prayer service at 6 p.m. Visitation will also be held one hour prior to the service at the Frazee Event Center on Thursday.

Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Thursday, March 10, at the Frazee Event Center, with Pastor Gary Klempke officiating. Interment will be made next to her husband, Gerald, at the Lakeside Cemetery in Frazee.

Lunch will be hosted at the Event Center following the service for all to attend. To leave online condolences, please visit www.fureyfh.com.

Margaret was born to Albert and Marie (Rogstad) Bjorge on August 13, 1923 in Fargo. She was the eldest of three children, having a younger sister, Marie and a younger brother, Robert. When she was in grade 6, Margaret's family moved to the Tamarack Refuge, where she lived until her graduation from Frazee High School in 1941.

Following her graduation, Margaret worked at the Dime Store in Detroit Lakes, before her marriage to Gerald Courneya in 1943.

The young couple made their home near Rose Lake in Frazee, where they raised their 6 children: Judy, Steve, Cathy, Dennis, Tim and Julie. They bought the Courneya farm in 1950 and continued to farm until 1991.

Margaret was very active in community service. She served as president of the Frazee PTA, Garden Club, Home-makers Club, Knitting Club, and was also an avid sports fan. She loved spending time with her family, traveling and politics.

Margaret's survivors include her 6 children: Judy Zak and husband, David of Hopkins, Minn., Steve Courneya and wife, Carole Lee of Frazee, Cathy Scott and husband, John of San Diego, Calif., Dennis Courneya of Frazee, Tim Courneya and wife Faye of Frazee, and Julie Zieman and husband Bryce of Alexandria; 19 grandchildren; 29 great grandchildren; and her sister, Marie Crozier.

Preceding her in death were her parents; her husband Gerald; and her brother Robert, who was a Korean War Veteran, MIA.

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