Cantrell Funeral Home

609 S. Walnut St., Kimball, NE


Margaret Ruth Koessel

October 26, 1939May 4, 2020

Margaret (Marge) Ruth Koessel was born October 26, 1939 to Herbert and Elsa (Goebel) Miller in Swift Current, Saskatchewan, Canada. She was called Home to be with her Savior on May 4, 2020 after a long battle with Alzheimers disease. She was very proud to be a naturalized citizen of the United States (even though she stood and sang along to Oh Canada whenever it was played). She graduated from Concordia High School in Seward, Nebraska and went on to get her Registered Nurse Degree from School of Nursing at Lutheran Hospital, St, Louis, Missouri. After receiving her RN degree Marge married Francis (Frank) Koessel (who had just been ordained a Lutheran Church Missouri Synod pastor) on August 20, 1961. The pastoral profession took Frank and Marge to many parishes around the country. There was Presho, South Dakota; Wilson, Dime Box, and Eden, Texas; Stanton and Kinde, Michigan; Otto, New York; Saratoga and Laramie, Wyoming; Kimball Nebraska; Brooksville, Florida; Deming, New Mexico; and Aurora, Colorado. Marge and Frank had four children, Kim, Karlee, Kevin and Keith. Marge used her nursing degree to raise their four children successfully. She was a full time Pastors wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother. She worked as a night nurse at the local nursing home in Saratoga, Wyoming once her children were raised. Marge had many interests including gardening, sewing, painting, crocheting, cross stitching, garage saling, and traveling. Marge had a beautiful voice and loved to sing. She was in many church and community choirs. She played piano and organ in many of the parishes and also taught Sunday School and VBS. Above all, Marges faith in her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ was first and foremost in her life. Marge is survived by her husband of 58 years Frank, daughter Kim (Dave) Starr of Saratoga, Wyoming, daughter Karlee (Dave) Shavlik of Littleton, Colorado, Kevin (Cheryl) Koessel of Pinedale, Wyoming, and Keith (Vicki) Koessel of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, grandchildren: Kandi Starr, Daniel (Kacey) Starr, Kristen Shavlik, Ryan (Jessenia) Shavlik, Andrew Shavlik, Cassie (Casey) Zaiko, Chelsea Koessel, Mandy Koessel, Kyle Koessel, Courtney Koessel, great grandchildren: JJ, Addison, Christopher, Bristol, Shane and Devann. Marge is preceded in death by her sister Marilyn Williams and son-in-law David Starr and survived by brother Donald M


  • Frank Koessel, Husband
  • Kim (Dave) Starr, Daughter
  • Karlee (Dave) Shavlik, Daughter
  • Kevin (Cheryl) Koessel, Son
  • Keith (Vicki) Koessel, Son
  • Kandi Starr, Grandchild
  • Daniel (Kacey) Starr, Grandchild
  • Kristen Shavlik, Grandchild
  • Ryan (Jessenia) Shavlik, Grandchild
  • Andrew Shavlik, Grandchild
  • Cassie (Casey) Zaiko, Grandchild
  • Chelsea Koessel, Grandchild
  • Mandy Koessel, Grandchild
  • Kyle Koessel, Grandchild
  • Courtney Koessel, Grandchild
  • JJ, Great Grandchild
  • Addison, Great Grandchild
  • Christopher, Great Grandchild
  • Bristol, Great Grandchild
  • Shane, Great Grandchild
  • Devann, Great Grandchild

  • Kevin Koessel, Bearer
  • Keith Koessel, Bearer
  • Dave Shavlik, Bearer
  • Daniel Starr, Bearer
  • Ryan Shavlik, Bearer
  • Andrew Shavlik, Bearer
  • Kyle Koessel, Bearer
  • JJ Allen, Bearer
  • Shane Starr, Bearer
  • Christopher Hanson, Bearer


  • Private Family Graveside


Margaret Ruth Koessel

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