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Written by Ozaukee Press   
Tuesday, 21 November 2017 19:06

Margaret M. McGurk, 89, a former Town of Saukville resident, died Saturday, Nov. 18, at Heartland Hospice in Milwaukee.  
    Mrs. McGurk was born in the Town of Saukville on Jan. 20, 1928, to Alois and Susan Fleissner Fechter Sr. She was a graduate of Holy Trinity Catholic grade school in Newburg.
    On May 7, 1949, she married Oliver Gall of Cedarburg and the couple had three sons. Mr. Gall was killed in a traffic accident on Aug. 23, 1954. Mrs. McGurk moved her family to her father’s farm until August, 1956 when she relocated to Cedarburg. While raising her sons over the next 15 years she worked as a cashier at Paulus Supermarket.
    In 1971, she married James McGurk. Together they created a blended family of 10 siblings. Living in Fox Point, she not only managed the family but later returned to work at Sendik’s. She retired in 1996 and moved to Las Vegas with her husband.
    Mr. Gall’s health in 2002 caused the couple to return to Wisconsin, when they moved to Brookfield Highlands in Waukesha. Mr. Gall died in 2005, and Mrs. Gall remained at Brookfield Highlands until December  2015 when she moved to HarborChase of Shorewood.
    Her family said Mrs. McGurk’s love of life was evident in everything she did.  Whether cooking meals for large groups, tending her gardens, playing with her dogs, playing sheepshead, reading books or doing jigsaw puzzles, she never seemed to run out of energy. She especially enjoyed the annual family campout weekend.
    Mrs. McGurk is survived by her children John (Cathy) Gall of Bloomingdale, Ill., Michael (Cheryl Wyant) Gall of Memphis, Tenn., Mary Pat (Jack Erdman) McGurk of Whitefish Bay, Dennis (Kate) McGurk of Thousand Oaks, Calif., Daniel (Roxanne) McGurk of Waupun, Nancy (Gordon) Haak of Elkhorn, Jim (Roxanne) of Taylors Falls, Minn., Judith (Craig) Papajohn of Whitefish Bay, Kevin (Christine) McGurk of De Pere, and Laureen (David Cohen) Seeger of New York City.
    She is further survived by 20 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; sister Barbara (Don) Brickheimer; brother Robert Fechter; and sisters-in-law Frances (Bob) Kissinger and Marion (Biever) Paklasny.
    In addition to her husbands and parents, Mrs. McGurk was preceded in death by her son Tom, stepmother Rose Fechter, brothers George and Alois Fechter Jr., and sisters Rosemary Wolf and Marie Schwinn.
    A Mass of Christian burial will be held at 1 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 24, at St. Francis Borgia Catholic Church in Cedarburg with Father Thomas Eichenberger presiding.  
    Visitation will be at the church from 11 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.
    Interment will be at St. Francis Borgia Catholic Cemetery.
    Eernisse Funeral Home, Cedarburg, is handling the arrangements.

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