Margaret Kozojed

margaret kozojed

Margaret Joyce Kozojed, 57, Hillsboro, passed away December 8, 2014 in her home surrounded by her family.  She lived a full and memorable life which ended too soon after a courageous battle with cancer. 

Margaret was born to Albert L and Lorraine M (Diemert) Elliott in Valley City, ND on January 1, 1957. She grew up in Galesburg, ND and graduated from Clifford-Galesburg High School in 1975.  She went on to marry her high school sweetheart, Michael Kozojed.

Margaret and Michael were united in marriage at St. James Catholic Church, Page, ND on November 28, 1975. They lived in Galesburg for 22 years then moved to Mayville, ND in 1999. In 2012, they moved to Hillsboro and currently live in rural Hillsboro.

Margaret began her bookkeeping career first at Midwest Bean starting in 1978 and worked there for 3 years. She then operated the family farm with her father in law Walt from 1981 until 1984. She moved into the accounting world at the Galesburg Elevator for 23 years.  She retired from the Elevator in 2007 to focus on the accounting for all the family businesses, Ihry Insurance, and her favorite job of all, being Grandma.

Margaret and Mike were truly inseparable.  They did everything together including work.  They loved seeing the country on the Harley with the “crew”.  In fact, they had visited all of the  lower 48 states on the motorcycle.  They also loved entertaining their friends and family at their homes, both in North Dakota and Arizona.  Margaret lived life to the fullest and didn’t leave anything unchecked on her bucket list.

Margaret is survived by her loving husband of 39 years, Mike; children, Teresa Lorraine (Ben) Miller, Hillsboro, ND, Timothy Michael (Mia) Kozojed, Hillsboro, ND, and Roberta Lynn (Derek) Sondreal, Thompson, ND; grandchildren, Bryce Corey Miller, Jacob Albert Miller, Kaden Michael Kozojed, Carson Ernest Kozojed, Keira Avery Kozojed, and Callie Josephine Kozojed, Kayle Marie Sondreal, and Jocelyn Jane Sondreal; brothers and sisters, William G.  (Evelyn) Elliott, Fargo, ND, Albert L. (Betty) Elliott Jr, Galesburg, ND, Michael J. (Patty) Elliott, Clifford, ND, Patrick J. (Mary Ellen) Elliott, Hillsboro, ND, Mary Jane Daniels, Beloit, WI, Jenice A. (Larry) Boulger, Fargo, ND, Robert J. (Carol) Elliott, Fargo, ND,  Donald M. (Terry) Elliott, Mayville, ND, George A. (Mary Beth) Elliott, Bakersfield, CA, mother-in-law, LaVonne Kozojed, Hillsboro, ND, brother-in-law, Paul(Melissa) Kozojed, Hillsboro, ND, sisters-in-law, Karen Lilleboe, West Fargo, ND, Patrice (Mitch) Elliott, Billings, MT and Connie Bertsch, Chandler, AZ.

Margaret was preceded in death by her parents, Albert and Lorraine Elliott, her brother, Jerald L. Elliott, father-in-law, Walter Kozojed, sisters-in-law, Mary Kay Elliott, Debra Kozojed, and brothers-in-law, Keith Keller, Thom Daniels and Leon Bertsch.

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  1. Hatton ND
    Mike and Family, we are so sorry to hear about Margaret’s passing. She was a wonderful Lady and will be missed by so many. We will remember you all in our prayers.

  2. Mayville Mike and Family-

    Our deepest sympathy in your loss. Margaret was such a great gal we’ll always think of her smile and sense of fun when we remember her.

  3. Fargo ND
    Mike and family,
    So sorry for your loss. Margaret was such a nice lady and fun to be around. My condolences. Colby

  4. Moorhead MN
    Mike and family, I am so sorry for your loss. May your faith and many wonderful memories of Margaret help you. You are in my prayers. DebixUp8M

  5. Carrington ND
    I’m saddened to hear of the loss of your Margaret. I pray that you find strength from family and friends, and, of course, the Lord Jesus. “He is not the God of the dead, but of the living!” (Mark 12:27)

  6. My deapest sympathy goes out to the whole family of this wonderful woment whom I called my mom for many years. Mike, Teresa, Tim and Bobby your all in my prayers.

    May she RIP.

    Mike and family, So sorry to hear of Margaret’s passing. It was much too soon. Our sympathy and hugs to all.

  8. Hillsboro Mike and family,

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Margret was a great person and will be missed dearly. Our deepest sympathies to all of you.

  9. Hillsboro ND
    Our deepest sympathies to Mike, Teresa, Tim, Bobbi and all along your families and the entire Elliott family
    losing Margaret is one of the hardest things you will go through but always keep your memories of her, that great smile, her generous heart, and especially all the love she had to give, close to your heart! These things will help get you through the next long nights, days, weeks and months. Remember she is with Our God, who has wrapped his arms around her and made her whole again and he’s taking her on the next glorious journey of her life. And may he wrap his arms around all of you too and help you all find some peace…Love to you all!!

  10. Fargo N.d.My prayers go out to all the families that Margaret was a part of. She was a great person and will always be remembered for her love of life.

  11. Miramar Beach FloridaSo sorry to hear of Margaret’s passing. I think of my year as principal at Clifford Galesburg often and am so thankful how supportive you and your family were. Our prayers and thoughts are with you during these sad times. Tom and Mary Ellen Franklin

  12. Moorhead MN
    Please accept my most heartfelt sympathies for the loss of your beloved. My thoughts are with you and your family during this sad time. Wishing you peace to bring comfort, courage to face the days ahead and loving memories to forever hold in your hearts. With caring thoughts, Kim Storlie

  13. prairie rose north dakotadear family, so sorry to hear of margarets death….when you grow up in a small town and go to a small school there is a special bond to the 12 years you share when you are young. she was a kind, fun, loving person. easy to be around,personality plus. she will be a large void….in time the memories will be as precious as life itself. may you find comfort in knowing how much she loved everyone. God bless her memory.

  14. Grand Forks ND
    Dear Mike, Teresa, Tim and Bobbie,

    Words seem inadequate to express the sadness we feel about Margaret’s death. Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. Wishing you peace to bring comfort, courage to face the days ahead and loving memories to forever hold in your hearts.

    Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal.

    With our deepest sympathy.

    Renita and Jay Petersen and family

  15. Davenport FlThinking of the Kozojed & Elliott families. So sorry to hear of Margaret’s death. Always will remember the Galesburg & Beloit fun when Margaret was involved.

  16. West Fargo ND
    My deepest sympathies to you Mike, and the rest of your family. Margaret was one of those people I was always happy to see, because she was such a wonderful person, and so much fun to be around. My thoughts and prayers are with you. God bless.

  17. Galesburg ND
    My deepest Sympathies to all her family (s). Margaret was a loving aunt, wife, mother, grandmother. Willing to help whenever needed. So many memories of days gone by. The Lord had a new plan for her, I will miss her dearly. May our Father give you comfort and Peace.

  18. I am very happy I was able to know Margaret. It’s Very sad to see such an awesome Lady leave us this early. Thoughts and prayers to the family. Margaret will be another angel looking over everyone.

  19. Federal Way WAMike and family – I’m so sorry to hear of Margaret’s passing. She was always so much fun while in high school and college. I have lots of memories of some shenanigans we’d do together. My thoughts and prayers are with each of you.

  20. Federal Way WAMike and family – I’m so sorry to hear of Margaret’s passing. She was always so much fun while in high school and college. I have lots of memories of some shenanigans we’d do together. My thoughts and prayers are with each of you.

  21. Lisbon ND
    We are SO sorry for your loss. We loved spending time with you and Arizona. Know that you have been and will continue to be in our thoughts and prayers.

  22. Hillsboro ND
    Our sympathies to Mike, Teresa and family, Tim and family and Bobbi and family. Margaret’s passing has and will forever leave a void in the lives of all she has touched over the years family, friends as well as the many she acquainted herself with over the years. May the memories you have of her keep you strong and help you through this difficult time. Her great laugh, smile and love for life will always be with us! Please let us know if you need anything!!!

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