Lake Andes - Margaret Helen Birger, 91, died at Avera St. Benedict Hospital in Parkston on Wednesday, August 13, 2014. Funeral service will be Saturday, August 16, 2014 at 1:00 PM at First Presbyterian Church in Lake Andes with burial following in Lakeview Cemetery in Lake Andes. Visitation will be Friday, August 15, 2014 from 6 - 8 PM at Koehn Bros. Funeral Home in Lake Andes with a prayer service at 7:00 PM.
Margaret Helen Birger was born on June 8, 1923 at her home in Tabor, SD to Joseph and Rose (Kotalik) Matuska. She attended White Swan Country School and public school for a while. Her family then moved to a farm east of Tabor. He parents died six months apart when she was 13 years old. Marge stayed home to help her brothers and sisters on the farm and they later moved to Tabor. She married Raymond Birger on September 7, 1943. To this union four children were born, Charles, twins, Jane and Janet, and Linda. They farmed near Lake Andes until 1958 when they moved to Lake Andes. Ray worked construction building bridges in different areas of South Dakota. Ray passed away on November 1, 1968. Marge did a lot of house cleaning, painting, and baby sitting for people in Lake Andes. She worked at Pete's Caf and at Andes Central School as custodian and food server for 28 years retiring in 1997. Marge was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Lake Andes and VFW Auxiliary.
She is survived by her four children, Charles Ray (Normandy) Birger of Colorado Springs, CO, Jane (Jerry) Evans of Lake Andes, SD, Janet Anderson of Bassett, NE, and Linda (David) Shelton of Sioux Falls, SD, two sisters, Marcella Kirchhevel of Vermillion, SD and Norma Myers of Lennox, SD, two sisters-in-law, Lorraine Matuska of Delmont, SD and LaValle Matuska of Armour, SD, 16 grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren, and 5 great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, son-in-law, Joe Anderson, and seven brothers and sisters, Emil Matuska, Dean Matuska, Willard Matuska, Joe Matuska, Jim Matuska, Viola Pesicka, and Leonard Matuska.