Margaret 'Marg' McKay, age 69, passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, March 17, 2011 in the Town of Christiana. She was born in Duluth, Minnesota on August 31, 1941, a daughter of Joseph and Cecil (Culligan) Wille. On September 1, 1962, she was united in marriage to James C. McKay, Jr. in Duluth. Marg attended Marquette University, later finishing her English and Piano Pedagogy degrees at Edgewood College. While at Marquette, she spent 6 months studying in Italy. Marg owned and operated Marjen's and Marjen's II restaurant and catering business for 10 years in McFarland. Later, she worked as a food services director for Bethel Lutheran church for 5 years. After graduating from Edgewood, she opened her piano studio and began teaching. Even after retiring and closing her studio, she continued to teach piano. Marg loved gardening, and turned her hobby into a side business, Garden Glitz. She volunteered extensively, at St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry, furnishing and serving meals at Luke House, and even helping to build a house in Mexico as part of Father Martinka's project. She loved traveling, and visited Europe, traveled in a motor home, and enjoyed cruises with family and friends. Marg's first love was her family. She was a very devout Catholic, was very empathetic, and had countless friends. She is survived by her husband, Jim McKay; 4 sons, James (Janet), Mike (Beth), Pat (Khym), and Shannon (Carolyn) McKay; 8 grandchildren, Megan, Katelyn, Connor, Chloe, Noah, Justin, Flora, and Lyla; 2 sisters, Alyce (Dillon) Flaherty and Mary Jo Jensen; 2 brothers, Robert (Kay Rene) Wille and Cecil Binky' Wille; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; a sister, Kathleen Kronzer; a brother, Michael Wille; and a brother-in-law, Alan Jensen. A Funeral Mass will be held on Wednesday, March 23, 2011 at 11:00am at Christ the King Catholic Church, 5306 Main St., McFarland, with the Rev. Fr. D. Stephen Smith, celebrant. Burial at Roselawn Memorial Park in Monona will take place at a later date. The family will greet friends at church on Tuesday, March 22nd from 4:00 to 7:00 pm, and again on Wednesday from 10:00 am until the time of service. Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider memorials to Luke House, or St. Vincent de Paul.
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