Margaret Wasche

margaret wasche
Margaret Fredrika Johnson Wasche was born to Wanda Gladys Cooper Johnson and (F.) Roy Johnson on the Wandaroy Farm, north of Casselton, ND, on June 2, 1923, in the upstairs bedroom where her Father and brothers were born. Her Father (after whom Johnson Hall at NDSU was named) began taking her to ND Agricultural College football games when she was ten. She was an avid Bison Booster and missed very few home games throughout her 94 years. She was also a basketball fan and attended mens and womens games whenever possible. She delighted in sponsoring athletic scholarships. Margaret graduated from Casselton High School in 1941. She was Senior Class President and received the American Legion Citizenship Award. She graduated from NDSU in 1945 with a B.S. Degree in Home Economics. Margaret received the Danforth Award for Outstanding Freshman in Home Economics and was the Leg Wrestling Champion at the Danforth Camp. She was President of Kappa Kappa Gamma Fraternity, a member of Phi Upsilon Omicron (Home Economics Honorary) and was named a Representative Senior. Margaret was an Intramural Badminton Champion. She taught in Williston, ND, from 1945-1947 and in Albert Lea, MN, from 1947-1949. In 1949 Margaret married Peter Henry Wasche. They moved to Fargo in 1954 to form Wasche Farm Management, Inc. Margaret and Peter had three children: Wanda Wasche Heintzman (Dan); Roy P. Wasche (Connie Melhus Wasche); and Mary Wasche Zimmerman (Dan L. Zimmerman). Grandchildren and Great-Grandchildren are: Amy Heintzman Blahosky (Patrick = Damian & Finnian); Mark Heintzman = Noah and Owen; Nick Wasche (Brenda Pederson = Lily and Quinn); Rachel Wasche Gregg (Kurt = Audra and Kinsley); Grant Wasche; Jay Zimmerman (Nikki Burkel Zimmerman = Olivia and Zach); Laura Zimmerman Bowles (Bear); and Matt Zimmerman. While raising her family, Margaret was a member of her Church Circle, frequent Chair of the Candy Booth at the Holy Spirit Bazaar, fifty-year member of the Mother Seaton Study Club, Room Mother, Blue Bird and Boy Scout Leader, member of the Kappa Kappa Gamma Alumnae Board, and board member at Catholic Family Services. For two years, Margaret was the 24-hour caregiver to her Mother. She was a billiards champion, a pool shark, and she taught any interested child how to throw a spiral. Margaret loved to play cards and specifically directed that her funeral not be on Duplicate Bridge Wednesday, She loved to play bridge with her best friend and longtime neighbor, Phyllis Melvey. Her hand knit sweaters, blankets, mittens, argyle socks, and scarves are treasured. She sewed clothing for herself and her family. She loved arranging flowers and kept little green vases of flowers everywhere. Margaret’s worn-down cowboy boots attest to her enjoyment of her horse, Blackie. She tamed a wild horse through feeding and gentle coaxing. Gathering the family for fun, food, and Pinochle was her major priority. Menus were planned around everyones favorites. She encouraged seconds on the meal and on the desserts. Grammy treated the entire family to many wonderful trips. We cannot count the times that she said with a smile, “How can I be so lucky to have all my children with me?” Margaret always had a treat for every child. Her Husband, Peter, died in 1994. She survived her four brothers: Frank Johnson (Mary Harmon = Jeff, Doug & Patty); Harry Johnson (Mary Johlfs = Cathy Dillon & Margie Jensen); Ralph Johnson (Alice Larson = Vicki, Lisa, Barbie Baumgartner & Ralph Douglas); and Roy Johnson, who told her that she was the best athlete in the family, (Louise Ouradnick = Nancy Jordheim, Roy C. & Chuck). A Memorial Service will held on Saturday, February 17, 2018 at 11:00 AM at Holy Spirit Catholic Church, Fargo, ND, with visitation beginning at 10AM. Arrangements by Bougler Funeral Home and Celebration of Life Center, Fargo, ND. To sign the online guestbook, please go to

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  1. To all of the members of the Johnson and Wasche families, please accept our heartfelt condolences on the loss of our beloved Margaret. We have many years of loving memories of our wonderful family matriarch.

    Jo Ann & Jerry Anderson & family

  2. Wanda, Mary, Roy; all of the grandchildren, cousins and family;
    Know that Patti and I are thinking of you all this week, remembering the fun and laughter of that grand and beautiful Margaret. There was never a moment in my life that I spent with Margaret that I did not feel her love, but also that wicked little gleam in her eye when she’d surprise me with a comment that I had no idea was coming. She would steal your trust and then get a grin going that was so infectious that you couldn’t help but laugh and say, “Margaret, you devil you!”
    All my love,
    Mike Heintzman

  3. I did not know her, but I wish I had. She sounds like a truly incredible woman who improved the lives of everyone she met. I am so sorry that her family and friends didn’t have more time with her.

  4. What a wonderful lady who always had a smile on her face and always made people feel they were special. The Lord blessed us all by having her in our lives. Our thoughts and prayers are with all those who loved and cared for her. She was total class in every aspect. I will miss her kiss and her friendship. God Bless!

  5. To Mary,
    Your Mother was the grandest Kappa Alum. She was a true Blue Lady. I have fabulous memories of her at NDSU. My love to you and your family as you share memories of her at this difficult time. Prayers and hugs.
    Louann Sweeney Miller

  6. Words cannot describe the impact she had on people! She was such an amazing lady! Our prayers are with her family.

  7. I will miss Grammy…she was one of a kind and had so much love for everyone around her. My thoughts are with the Wasche family.

  8. To the Wasche and Johnson Family. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. I met Margaret years ago through one of her Casselton class mates. A wonderful and fun personality. I also had great time sitting with her at a NDSU basketball game. One of their biggest fans. She will be missed.

  9. Margaret “Grammy” was one of the most genuine, loving people I ever met. Seeing her at Bison Games and out at the lake was always the highlight of my day. Her glowing presence will be greatly missed by all of her loved ones!

  10. Roy, Wanda and Mary,
    Please accept my condolences on the passing of your Mother. Margaret and Peter were two of my favorite Shanley parents. Reading about the activities and interests in her life was fascinating and heart-warming. I certainly had no idea when I was playing pool with Roy in the basement of your home in North Fargo that she was in fact the house champion.

  11. Wanda, I remember the great times we had at your house when we were in high school. Your mom was so generous and I always felt welcomed. I am very sorry for your loss.

  12. Dear Wanda,
    So very sorry for the loss of your mom. She sounded like an outstanding women.
    So many changes in your life…I send you prayers of comfort.
    Love, Sue

  13. Wanda: I am so very sorry to hear of your Mom’s passing. I just lost my Mom not to long ago and I know how hard it is to lose your mom regardless of age or health. I want you to know my thoughts and prayers are with you and your entire family at this difficult time. I ask God to take Margaret in his comforting arms, and welcome her into paradise. God Bless you my old classmate!

    Dee (Doyle) Olson

  14. Wanda and family, We are so sorry for your loss. Margaret held a special place in the hearts of the Scheurer and Vraa families. We will miss the service as we are in Texas with our son. We were honored to be invited to her home. Zach and
    Our entire family loved her! Hugs and prayers. Ron and Marie

  15. Dear Wanda & Family,
    My sympathy to you all on the passing of your mother. She was one of my mother, Rosemary’s favorite bridge partners. When I would be in town and go over to the club to check on the “girls” your mom was so pleasant to talk to and visit with. She was, as you are, a genuinely nice person. She will be missed, but thankfully, with the faith, she is where we want to be.
    May Our Lord Bless & keep you and give you all peace.
    Jackie Wright Charles, Rosson/TX

  16. Wanda dear friend and family,
    Just found out today about your dear mother. My heart is full of praise to Our Lord for bringing Margaret to Him and giving you peace during this sad time.
    Blessings for you all,

  17. I knew Mrs. Wasche as an admired Kappa alum who served on the board of Kappa Kappa Gamma when I attended NDSU. After marrying her nephew, Roy, the transition for me to call her Aunt Margaret came very easily! I adored her and thank God for the many cherished memories we shared. I’m so sorry for your loss. ❤️

  18. I will miss seeing Margaret at our annual Endowment Luncheon each year. She was always dressed in Bison colors from head to toe – even her earrings!! It was always fun to visit with her. My sympathies to her family.

  19. Margaret was a wonderful person, and it was a pleasure to know her. North Fargo will surely miss her, but now she’s cheering on NDSU from Heaven. Go Bison!

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