Margaret J. Triplett, Age 96, passed away September 6, 2018 at her residence in Gracewood Senior Living, Lino Lakes, Minnesota.
Margaret is preceded in death by her husband Ashley; grandson Jim Franz and brother Ron Bastyr.
Margaret was born on June 11, 1922 in Flom Township, Norman County, Minnesota to Joseph W. and Anna (Bina) Bastyr. Her family left the farm when she was only a few years old. They relocated to the West Seventh area of St. Paul, near St. Stanislaus Catholic Church.
Margaret attended elementary school at St. Stanislaus Catholic School. She then went on to Monroe High School where she graduated in 1940. After graduation she went on to business school to become a certified Book Keeper. During her business school time she worked full time at Montgomery Wards in the Midway area.
Margaret married Ashley E. Triplett in November 1942 at Holy Spirit Catholic Church. Together they lived in Washington D.C. during WWII where Ashley was stationed with the US Navy. They returned to St. Paul where they lived in the Highland Park neighbor hood for all their working lives. Margaret worked as a Book Keeper for various companies and small businesses. She was very active in the PTA at Randolph Heights elementary school, Girl Scout Troop leader and enjoyed camping and fishing. She and Ashley owned a small motorhome in which they explored the countryside, often taking several grandkids along for the fun.
She was a terrific baker. On most Saturdays she would bake bread, rolls, pies and her signature “rollakies” (sp?) for the coming week. Margaret was also a master at knitting and crocheting. She made sweaters for the grandkids, blankets, scarfs, tablecloths, doilies, you name it she made it. Her work was exquisite.
In 1989 Margaret and Ashley retired to La Feria, Texas. Thet spent over a decade there enjoying the year around warmth, many friends and great TexMex food. Margaret moved back to Minnesota after the passing of her husband. She lived in the Common Bond Community in Oakdale. There she enjoyed new friends activities and outings, especially the trips to the casino.
When it became difficult for Margaret to manage on her own she was very Fortunate to be able to move into Gracewood Senior Living. It is there that she spent the past two and a half years among more new friends and the wonderful, caring staff at Gracewood. In her final days Margaret was also assisted by the superb and tender staff of Olive Grove Hospice.
Margaret is survived by son Kearney (Jan), and daughters Pat (Steve) Franz, Lyn Griffith and Margene (Ray) Hameister; seven grandchildren and sixteen great grandchildren.
Mass of Christian Burial10:00 am Tuesday, September 25, 2018, at St. Stanislaus Catholic Church, 398 Superior Street, St. Paul. Visitation one hour prior to the service at the church. Inurnment will be at Ft. Snelling National Cemetery.