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Kapala-Glodek-Malone Funeral Home

7800 Bass Lake Road, New Hope, MN

OBITUARY

Margaret A. Ebel

September 16, 1917August 6, 2019
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Age 101 of Plymouth, MN, passed away on August 6, 2019.

Preceded in death by her husband Edward H. Ebel, Jr.; parents, Arthur and Alice Healy; brother, Bernard Healy; sister, Mary Alice Dease.

Survived by her children, Ed and Joan (Bill) Grunewald; grandchildren, Matthew, Justin and Ashley Grunewald; many nieces and nephews.

Service of Remembrance will take place at 4pm on Friday, August 16, 2019 at Kapala-Glodek-Malone Funeral Home, 7800 Bass Lake Road, New Hope, with visitation beginning one hour prior to service. Private inurnment at St. Vincent de Paul Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to the American Lung Association or the Brave Like Gabe Foundation for rare cancer research.

Services

  • Visitation Friday, August 16, 2019
  • Service of Remembrance Friday, August 16, 2019

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Julie Davis

August 15, 2019

Margie was our Mom, Alice Davis's best friend. We grew up with Margie. I remember how much she loved her husband Ed and her children Eddie and Joanie. She was so proud of them and we loved sharing stories. Margie invited me to be a baby sitter for the kids when they lived on the Drive in North Minneapolis. It was fun! In the last few years we got to talk with Margie more often which was so comforting to our mother who was living in Buffalo. We would call Margie from Alice's room and they would talk and talk and we also got to hear updates on her life and Eddie and Joanie. Margie told us the story of meeting their husbands at the Red Feather, a dance hall in Minneapolis. They liked to be glamorous, dress up and have fun. And they could dance! We love you Margie! And we love your family.

Jan Daniels

August 11, 2019

Margie was a best friend of our mother, Alice Davis. I recall best their times together from our New Hope days and on, though have some memories at our home in North Minneapolis. What I remember most was their smiles, which I saw often when they were together. Even in Alice’s last few years, her face and voice lit up when speaking to Margie by phone. I enjoyed listening to their conversations about the Mn Twins and other teams they followed. I Spoke often with Marge as well, especially when our mom was less able to converse. It is amazing that these two vibrant women both lived 101 years. And most of those they enjoyed together. We love you, Margie! And we share your pain, Ed, Joni, and family.

Jan Daniels


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Birth Certificate

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Brother Bernie, Margaret (center), sister Mary Alice

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Her mother (far right standing) taught school here. Her dad, (back row center) in dark jacket. Margaret (center, out front).

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With her father, Art

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Birth Certificate

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Brother Bernie, Margaret (center), sister Mary Alice

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Her mother (far right standing) taught school here. Her dad, (back row center) in dark jacket. Margaret (center, out front).

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With her father, Art

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Biography

Margaret Alice Ebel was born September 16th, 1917, in the Township of Forest, MN, the youngest of three children born to her Irish parents, Art and Alice Healy.

She grew up during the Great Depression, and eventually moved to Minneapolis prior to World War II. She enjoyed golf, tennis, swimming and dancing in the local ballrooms.

During the war Margaret supported the military effort working as a civilian in an ammunition plant.
After the war, she met her future husband, Edward H. Ebel, Jr., a WWII veteran who served in England. She had more than one suitor, but accepted the proposal of Ed. They were married on February 11th, 1950, and settled in north Mpls.

After only a few years of marriage, she lost her husband when he was just 46 years old. Although she probably could have remarried, she focused on raising her two young children. In 1970, the family moved from Mpls. to the suburb of New Hope. She was a "soccer mom" long before that term was commonplace, shuttling her kids, and attending dance recitals, baseball, football, and basketball games.

Margaret continued to work, holding various administrative and sales positions, working well into her 80's.


She was proud of her 100% Irish heritage. St. Patrick's Day was a big deal.

In her latter years, she spent time keeping up with the news in the paper and on TV, and usually talked with, or saw her family daily. She even took a couple major road trips with her son to see the country, where he learned mom could have a lead foot while driving through the desert. She was an avid and knowledgeable sports fan of the Twins, Vikings and Timberwolves, having attended numerous basketball games at the Target Center.

Margaret had major surgery after turning 90, but continued to live independently until February of this year.

When listening to others, she paid attention, asked questions, and really cared about the person, and topic, even if it was a mundane subject. She displayed wisdom, as only 101 years can.
Right up to the end, she genuinely enjoyed making people smile & laugh, as if it was her mission in life to do so.