Margaret "Marge" Mary (Killian) Cheney

Margaret's Prayer Service can be viewed below starting at 6:35PM:
Please click the link below to view her Mass of Christian Burial on Saturday: Margaret Cheney (Killian) 81 of rural Staples, passed away February 13, 2022 at the Staples Lakewood Hospital in Staples, MN. Margaret (Marge) Mary (Killian) Cheney was born on December 18, 1940 in Fosston, MN. She grew up on a dairy farm with her parents Lawrence and Fern Killian and seven siblings. She was Baptized and Confirmed at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Fosston, MN. On September 16, 1961 she was united in marriage to Gale L. Cheney. From this union four beautiful children were born; Craig (Pam) of Cottage Grove, WI; Duane (Leanda) of Frazee, MN; Fr. Jim of Fargo, ND and Joyce of Minneapolis, MN. She was blessed to have nine grandchildren, Jessica, Tasha, Jacob (Lacy), Tessa, Joshua, Aubree (Kai), Jensen (Dan), Thomas (Sara); Chloe (Levi) and six great grandchildren; Avery, Cooper, Lila, Evie, Scarlett and Margaret. HOW she loved them all, the biggest loves of her life. After their marriage, Gale and Marge resided by Forest Lake, MN for 11 years, then purchased a small dairy farm by Wolf Lake, MN where they lived for about 10 years. They then took jobs in the cities and continued to fly home on the weekends until they sold their farm to their son, Duane and moved to Anoka, MN. Marge worked for IDS/American Express Financial Advisors (now Ameriprise) for 16 years as an Administrative Assistant in the Law and Finance Departments. She and her husband Gale retired in 2001 by Staples, MN. Together they would sometimes cook the “buck luck” meal at the Newman Center in Fargo where their son is a priest. They were known as “Ma and Pa Cheney”. She and Gale loved fishing with their sons Craig, Duane and James during the summer months. When their daughter Joyce came home they enjoyed playing board games, visiting and cooking some great meals. Marge taught religious education at Sacred Heart Church in Staples for 15 years. She loved sharing her faith with the students who came to grow and learn. She loved to read and always had a book or the Bible by her side. Some of her other favorite past times were to pray on her walks through the woods and attend Mass. She and Gale were Eucharistic Ministers at their church and enjoyed bringing Jesus in the Eucharist to the home bound and visiting with them. She LOVED to laugh and hear new jokes; she has a list of her favorite Ole and Lena jokes. Her next love was sewing. She made felted wool mittens and her son’s clerical shirts. She enjoyed baking, especially making homemade breads. She is survived by her husband, Gale and their four children. She is preceded in death by her parents, Lawrence and Fern Killian, two brothers, Thomas and Dennis and one granddaughter Tasha. She carried Christ in her heart each and every day. Margaret's Video Tribute can be viewed below:

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  1. Gale, Fr., and family,
    Thanks for sharing Ma Cheney with all of us at the Newman Center. She will certainly be missed by all the families and students who got to know her there! Know of our prayers for her and you.

  2. My sympathy to the family.
    Marge was my best friend and the greatest person with a great sense of humor. I have never heard her say an unkind comment about another person. Although we will miss her here on earth, she will cheer up heaven.

  3. Marge and I went to first grade at local country school near Fosston and rode the bus to town 2nd thru 12. She was always so much fun and I loved her laugh. She will be missed. Love and hugs to her family.

  4. Marge was the best friend we ever had. She loved life. She loved her faith and shared her love for Jesus to many. We had so much fun with Gale and Marge. We share a special friendship that will be very missed. The heavens gained a good one. Fly high my beautiful Irish friend until we meet again in paradise.

  5. Gale and family,
    So sorry for your loss, Marge will be greatly missed. Enjoyed visiting with Gale and Marge at our little family functions and catching up on how the family was doing. Loved listening to her stories!

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