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Margaret Cartwright - Departed on May 12, 2018 - Green Bay, WI
Margaret Cartwright - Departed on May 12, 2018 - Green Bay, WI

Margaret Cartwright

Born in Big Spring, WI on Dec 14, 1926

Died on May 12, 2018 and resided in Green Bay, WI

Margaret Cartwright, 91, Green Bay, passed away peacefully on Saturday, May 12, 2018, at Angel’s Touch Assisted Living in De Pere.  She was surrounded by the love and prayers of her family.  Margaret was born to John Irving and Martha Griffin on December 14, 1926 in Big Spring, WI.  She graduated from Wisconsin Dells High School.  Margaret married the love of her life, Ted Cartwright, on December 12, 1945.  They lived most of their seventy years of married life in Fond du Lac, WI.  They moved to Green Bay in 2004.

As the third oldest of sixteen children raised on a central Wisconsin farm, Margaret grew up loving fresh air, flowers, children and animals.  She was forever a farm girl at heart, always working hard with a smile.  She was often out in the barn with her father and in the fields with her brothers, and she loved to work with the horses.  Margaret helped raise many of her younger siblings and was beloved by all.  Her first job during WWII was at Badger Ordinance, a producer of rocket powder in Merrimac, WI.

An avid gardener throughout her life, Margaret grew impressive floral arrays and an abundance of produce to feed her family.  Margaret’s legendary cooking and baking skills brought both warmth and togetherness to the many large family gatherings.  She actively supported many school activities. Her children’s fellow band members, sports teams, and family hoped to see Margaret in attendance, knowing that they could look forward to her baked goods.

Margaret was an active member of St. Patrick’s and St. Joseph’s Parishes in Fond du Lac.   She was a life-long volunteer on behalf of the Red Cross, Easter Seals and Veterans of Foreign Wars organizations.  Margaret participated in the opening of the Intensive Care Unit at St. Agnes Hospital in 1968 where she worked to care for and comfort many patients and their families for 21 years until her retirement on January 30, 1990.  Many of the ICU Unit summer family picnics were hosted at their house on Hickory Street in Fond du Lac.

More than anything, both Margaret and Ted lived family-centered lives.  They lived for the benefit of others, first and foremost.  Margaret was the driving force of the Cartwright household. She was a loving, nurturing soul with a mighty strong will.  They raised five children in the Catholic faith.  Margaret was a living example of service to others in Girl Scouting and Catholic schools.  She and Ted were awarded the St. Joseph The Worker Award by the St. Mary’s Springs High School Community. 

Survivors include her five children: Rita (Bob Last), Marion (Craig Smith), Norine (Russ Olson), Dave (Laura) Cartwright and Ann (Tom Simon); ten grandchildren: Chris (Cynthia) Last, Mike (Aimee) Last, Eric (Becky) Smith, Arleigh Smith, Halsey Smith, Veronica Olson, Kaelyn Olson, Graham (Haley) Simon, Hope Simon and Andrew Simon; seven great-grandchildren: Elijah Last, Eden Last, Trinity Last, Malachi Last, Samuel Last, Griffin Last and Murphy Last. Her nine surviving siblings include: John (Phyllis) Griffin, Esther Griffin Bingham, Deloris (Tom) Hilgendorf, Mike (Evelyn) Griffin, Pat (Mary Kewitz) Griffin, Dennis (Guadalupe) Griffin, Barbara Griffin Buye, Thomas (Karen) Griffin, and Jeannette (Wayne) Phillips; numerous nieces, nephews, and other relatives.  She is preceded in death by her husband, Ted, her parents, four sisters, Geraldine Griffin, Mary Griffin Schwanz, Delia Griffin Nelson Wenkman, and Catherine Helen Griffin Cox; two brothers, Robert Griffin and James Griffin, and one grandson, Jesse Olson. 

Family and friends may visit at St. Mary Help of Christians Church, N565 County Road A, Briggsville, WI on Friday, May 18, 2018, from 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., followed at 11:00am by a Catholic Mass officiated by Fr. Gary Krahenbuhl. Burial and luncheon will follow at the church.  Funeral arrangements are thanks to Proko-Wall Funeral Home, Green Bay, WI. 

Memorials in Margaret’s name can be directed to St. Mary’s Springs Academy, 255 County Rd. K, Fond du Lac, WI 54935 or to a charity of your choice. 

The family is very grateful for the loving care and respect provided by the Angel’s Touch staff.  We are ever grateful for their dedication to our parents.


Funeral Mass: Friday May 18, 2018, 11:00 A.M. at St. Mary Help of Christians Catholic Church

Visitation: Friday May 18, 2018, 9:00 to 10:30 a.m. at St. Mary Help of Christians Catholic Church

Served by Proko-Wall Funeral Director: Jeane Smits

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