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Margaret Louise Leppi

Margaret Louise Leppi

Margaret Louise Leppi, 71, of Moose Lake, Minn., died Monday, July 21, 2014 in Inter-Faith Care Center in Carlton, Minn., after a short courageous battle with pancreatic cancer. She was born in 1943 in Cloquet, Minn., the daughter of Art and Ruth Pettit. Margaret was a 1961 graduate of Carlton High School.

Margaret married Willard Leppi on Dec. 2, 1961, in Cloquet. After Willards death in 1995, Margaret and Ron Hillstrom were united in a commitment service on April 4, 1999.

Margaret was employed as a bakery department clerk at Spies Grocery Store in the 1970s to early '80s. Margaret was then employed as a custodian for Stearn's Manufacturing from 1987-1997. After leaving Stearn's, she worked as a beverage server at Black Bear Casino. She enjoyed her time with family and friends and her granddog, Max. Margaret was an outdoor enthusiast. She enjoyed swimming, walking, cross country skiing, and working in her flower garden. Margaret loved music and going to the theater. She had season tickets to many theaters throughout Minnesota.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Art and Ruth; husband, Willard; brothers-in-law, Alvin Aho, Clifford Leppi and Bud Shipley; sisters-in-law, Anita Shipley and Ruth Leppi; nieces, Wendy Shipley and Gail Leafe; and mother- and father-in-law, Alfred and Olga Leppi.

Margaret is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Susan and David Manisto of Cloquet; granddog, Max; her loving partner of 16 years, Ron Hillstrom of Moose Lake; sisters, Hilde (Darold) Powers of Carlton and Katha Aho of Moose Lake; brother-in-law, Archie (Doris) Leppi of Carlton; step-children, Maury (Mandy) Hillstrom of Lomita, Calif., and Michael Hillstrom of Woodstock, Ill.; many nieces and nephews; and three step-grandchildren, James, Allen and Aileen Hillstrom.

Margarets family wishes to thank Inter-Faith Care Center of Carlton and Essentia Hospice of Duluth for their wonderful care and kindness. Gods peace.

Visitation: Friday, Aug. 8, from 3 p.m. until the 4 p.m. memorial service in Our Savior's Lutheran Church, Cloquet, followed by a dinner.

Arrangements entrusted to Atkins-Northland Funeral Home, Cloquet. To leave an online tribute, see

July 31, 2014 ~ Pine Journal, Cloquet, Minn.