Obituary for Marguerite DeMann Collison

Marguerite Esther (DeMann) Collison, age 98 of Edina, and formerly of Dundas, passed away peacefully on Friday morning, April 3, 2020, at The Waters of Edina. Marguerite was born August 30, 1921, in Northfield to Jacob and Lucille (Spears) DeMann.  She was raised in Dundas and graduated from Northfield High School in 1940.  Marguerite attended St. Olaf College for one year before marrying James Collison on December 15, 1942, in Alamogordo, New Mexico.  While Jim served in World War II, Marguerite lived in Dundas and their first son was born.  Upon Jim’s discharge, the couple remained in Dundas where they […]

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Marguerite Esther (DeMann) Collison, age 98 of Edina, and formerly of Dundas, passed away peacefully on Friday morning, April 3, 2020, at The Waters of Edina.

Marguerite was born August 30, 1921, in Northfield to Jacob and Lucille (Spears) DeMann.  She was raised in Dundas and graduated from Northfield High School in 1940.  Marguerite attended St. Olaf College for one year before marrying James Collison on December 15, 1942, in Alamogordo, New Mexico.  While Jim served in World War II, Marguerite lived in Dundas and their first son was born.  Upon Jim’s discharge, the couple remained in Dundas where they raised their daughter and four sons and attended Holy Cross Episcopal Church.  Marguerite was a member of the Dundas Study Club, the Dundas Breakfast Club and Holy Cross Guild. Upon Jim’s retirement Marguerite and Jim split their time between Northfield, Minnesota, Kingsland, Texas and Gulf Shores, Alabama. They returned to live in Burnsville just prior to Jim’s death in 1998.

Marguerite loved music and played the piano. She had a creative and adventurous spirit and engaged strangers as easily as old friends. Her perceptive observations of people and life were evident in her collection of poetry, “D’Agonies” and she would spontaneously recite any selection from memory. She also wrote about life as a child of the depression and a wife of a WW II pilot and prisoner of war. Marguerite had a subtle and quick sense of humor which endeared her to her caretakers at the end of her life.

Survivors include four children; Dan (Margie) of Michigan, Jeff (Helen) of California, Kay (David) Hawley of Edina,  and Kevin (Connie) of Florida; 11 grandchildren Jason, Erin, Alan, Gina, Brenda, James, Diana, Doug, Brian, Bailey and Breanna; 17 great-grandchildren Ethan, James, Eliana, Finn, Deacon, Pippi, Angelica, Gianna, Audrey, Olivia, Kaj, Leif, Madison, Jackson, Chloe, Tanner, Lyla; her brother Chuck (Audrey) DeMann of Dundas; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.  She was preceded in death by her husband Jim, her son John, and her sister Donna Lee.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic there will not be a funeral. Marguerite will be interred with her husband at Fort Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis. The family plans to have a celebration of her life at a later date. Memorials should be to the charity of your choice.
Arrangements are with the Benson & Langehough Funeral Home. www.northfieldfuneral.com

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