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Margaret Brosnahan Creston

Published: Monday, Oct. 14, 2013 9:36 a.m. CST • Updated: Monday, Oct. 14, 2013 9:45 a.m. CST

Margaret Brosnahan, 86, formerly of Afton and Creston, died Oct. 10, 2013, at Afton Care Center.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 16, at Holy Spirit Catholic Church. The Rev. Ken Halbur will officiate. Burial will be in St. Edward Catholic Cemetery west of Afton. Open visitation will be 2 to 8 p.m. Tuesday with family present 6 to 7:30 p.m. with a 7:30 p.m. Rosary at Powers Funeral Home, junction of highways 34 and 25. Memorials may be given in her name to Holy Spirit Catholic Church. Online condolences may be left at www.powersfh.com.

Margaret Mary Brosnahan, daughter of Ella (Shope) and John Carroll, was born Dec. 21, 1926, in Des Moines.

Margaret graduated from St. Joseph Academy, then continued her education at Drake University. While attending Drake, Margaret worked for Northwest Bell in Des Moines.

On Dec. 27, 1951, Margaret married James “Jim” Brosnahan at St. John’s Chapel in Springfield, Mo.

The couple made their first home in Des Moines.

After starting a family, Jim and Margaret moved to Afton, where Margaret became a full-time homemaker.

Jim and Margaret moved to Creston in 1992.

After Jim’s death May 15, 1997, Margaret remained in Creston until January 2006, at which time she moved to the Bishop Drumm complex in Johnston.

In February 2013, she moved to Afton Care Center.

Margaret was a former member of Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Creston and St. Edward Catholic Church in Afton. While living in Creston, she volunteered at Rectory Rerun and with Greater Regional Auxiliary. She was a former member of Catholic Daughters, St. Edward Altar Society, Doll Club and several neighborhood clubs.

Margaret is survived by her children, Mary (Cal) Hultman of West Des Moines, Patricia (Warren) Meyer of Houston, Texas, Sheila (Keith) Brown of Afton, John (Barbara) Brosnahan of Arlington, Va., and Catherine (Mike) Huber of Omaha, Neb.; grandchildren, Christopher Hultman (fiancée Victoria Petrucco), Erin (William) Lopez, Rachel Meyer, Justin (Amber) Brown, Matthew Brown, Sarah Brosnahan, Anna Brosnahan and Noah Huber; step-grandchildren, Cal Hultman II and Dan (Emily) Hultman; seven great-grandchildren; sisters, Eleanor McLaughlin and Theresa (Larry) Contri, all of Des Moines and Rose (Joe) O’Reilly of Chariton; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her husband, Margaret was preceded in death by her parents; sisters, Mary Kalinowski, Frances Knight and Agnes Jolly; sister-in-law Ann Brosnahan; brothers-in-law, Chester Kalinowski, Richard Knight, Lee Jolly, Richard McLaughlin, and Fr. William Bresnahan and four nieces.

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