Margaret S. Ahlqvist

July 9, 1929March 10, 2021

Margaret S. Ahlqvist, 91, died Wednesday March 10 at her home, surrounded by family, after a brief fight with leukemia.

Margaret Sahlke was born on July 9, 1929, in Staten Island, New York, to Rudolf, a baker, and Lillian, a schoolteacher. Margaret and her younger brother, Rudy, both worked in the bakery during their formative years.

Margaret graduated from New Dorp High School in 1947 and a few years later met the love of her life, Bertel Ahlqvist, who had recently moved to the United States from Finland.

``He took me to a dance one night and we were pretty much inseparable after that,’’ Margaret relayed to her children shortly before her death.

The pair enjoyed 51 years of marriage and partnership before Bert’s death in 2004.

They are survived by 4 children: Bob Ahlqvist; Linda (Jeff) Walsh; Karen (Robert) Mann and Eric (Kelly) Ahlqvist. They also had eight grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren with another due in June.

The family moved from Staten Island to Laurens, New York, in 1975 and Bert and Margaret moved to Mt. Vision in 1985. Margaret was a homemaker for many years, and landlord after the move upstate. She also was an Administrative Assistant at Hartwick College for many years.

Margaret was a voracious reader, enjoyed crossword and jigsaw puzzles and, later in life, Tuesday night competitive Canasta games with her family. She was a longtime member of St. Matthews in Laurens and then the Lutheran Church of the Atonement where she enjoyed her cherished friendships. She had a green thumb and loved to give gifts of plants to her family.

Besides her parents, Margaret was predeceased by her brother Rudy, whom she adored. She also had a special place in her heart for Rudy’s daughter, Tina.

The family is grateful for Margaret’s last month at home, sharing memories, looking at old photo albums and videos, and getting a chance to say goodbye to a life well lived. Her grace and dignity in her final days were an inspiration to us all.

Donations may be made in Margaret’s name to the Lutheran Church of the Atonement in Oneonta or the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

A service will be held Saturday, May 22, at 10 AM, at the Lutheran Church of the Atonement with burial and reception to follow.

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Her family has entrusted her care to the Grummon’s Funeral Home, Oneonta.


22 May

Funeral Service

10:00 am

Lutheran Church of the Atonement

1 Center Street
Oneonta, New York 13820


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Wendy (Anderson) Tarantola

March 22, 2021

Ahlqvist family,
I am so sorry for the loss of your mom.. I have fond memories of her and your entire family from when I was a kid. You are all in my prayers. Sending hugs and my sincere condolences to you all.
Love, Wendy

Peter Gould

March 21, 2021

Eric, I am sorry for the passing of your mother. It is a hard thing to go through. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

James Miller

March 17, 2021

A better neighbor would be hard to find.
One funny story:
A while back, Margaret was recovering from a spill in a local rehab. One day I visited bringing along pizza sized chocolate chip cookie. She smiled as she said “ I can’t eat it...I’m diabetic “ I never knew. She fielded this well by offering it up to a room full of patients who were so happy to share.
Christie and I will miss her.

Verna carter

March 16, 2021

Jim and I spent many years in the house that Bert and Margaret built. We enjoyed knowing them and hope the family will always think of the many wonderful things they did for them.