Margaret Ackerman, age 99, passed away at Landmann-Jungman Memorial Hospital in Scotland, South Dakota August 28, 2017.
Margaret Kathryn Ackerman was born May 12, 1918 in Loveland, Colorado, the daughter of Reverend Ulrich and Elise (Herbsten) Zogg. She was the fifth oldest of ten children. She lived with her family in Tripp, SD and Lodi, California before moving to Scotland, SD where she graduated from Scotland High School in 1936. She attended St. Joseph's School of Nursing in Mitchell, SD where she received her degree as a Registered Nurse. Following graduation from nursing school, she moved to Idaho Falls, Idaho where she was employed at various hospitals in the area. There she met Reverend Harry Ackerman and on March 2, 1943 they were married in Preston, Idaho. Following World War II, they lived in Scotland where they adopted their first son, Michael, in 1948 at the age of 13 days. In 1949, their son, Rick, was born. The family then moved to Sheboygan, Wisconsin and later to Dubuque, Iowa. Margaret worked as a nurse at each of those communities. The family later moved to Miller, SD where Reverend Ackerman served as the pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church until his death in 1961.
Margaret moved to Scotland with her two young sons and returned to work as the first Registered Nurse employed by the Scotland Good Samaritan Center. She spent the last ten years of her nursing career at St. Michael's Hospital in Tyndall, SD. She was a member of Zion Lutheran Church in Scotland since 1961. Margaret was a devoted mother, grandmother and friend and leaves behind a wealth of people who loved and were very close to her. She is remembered by many younger people in the community for the difference she made in their lives.
Survivors include two sons, Michael and wife, Liway, Ackerman of Ladson, South Carolina and Rick and wife, Claudia, Ackerman of Bellingham, Washington. She is also survived by four grandchildren, Michael, Jr, Christopher (Cheryl), Christine and Ryan (Jennifer) Ackerman; four great-grandchildren, Emily, Zoey, James and Samuel; her sister, Alma Golden of Grainfield, Kansas and her brother, Richard Zogg of Kennebuck, Maine; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Preceding her in death were her husband, Reverend Harry Ackerman, her father and mother, five brothers and two sisters.
9/1/2017 Elaine Kvasnicka Soukup Gilbert, AZ
I wanted to share this beautiful writing with you as you Honor Your Mother Today and for the Rest of Your Lives:
As You Honor Your Mother
You'll never forget
. . . your mother's face,
the sound of her voice,
. . . the gentleness of her touch...
they let you know you were loved.
You'll never forget
. . . the stories she told,
the traditions she handed down...
. . . they let you know who you are.
You'll never forget
. . . the lessons she taught,
the things she stood for...
. . . they are her gift and your legacy.
You'll never forget,
. . . and you'll always know
that you honor her every day
. . . in how you live
and who you are.
8/30/2017 Nancy (Foss) Penk Hopkins, MN
My heartfelt condolences to Margaret's family. Reading her obituary, it's clear that her caring nature and nursing skills touched many people. Peace to you.
8/30/2017 Jane (Orth) Rokusek Watertown, SD
I remember your mom very well through my mother (Donna Bell) and the Good Samaritan Center . She was a compassionate nurse and dedicated to the residents there. She was one of the nurses in my life that inspired me to follow that profession. I'm sure the memories have been near and dear over these days of saying good bye. My sympathy to the family . May she rest in peace.
8/29/2017 Elaine Kvasnicka Soukup Gilbert, AZ
Michael and to the All of Margaret's Family
I was so sorry to see that your Mom passed on. Your Mom was blessed with a very long, well lived life. What a beautiful lady not only physically but internally where it counts!
I worked with your Mom at the Scotland Good Samaritan Home. Marge was the head nurse when I worked weekends during my high school years from 1963 - 1965. Marge was one of the best nurses I ever worked under.
Also, I knew your Mom's brother ~ Matt Zogg ~ He was my Country School Teacher from 1959 - 1961. Mr. Zogg was a great teacher! A wonderful person just like his wonderful sister.
My heartfelt sympathy goes to you and your family at this time. You and I were blessed to have our Moms so long into our lives. It still is sad to have to say Good-By for awhile.
Our Heavenly Father's Blessings on All of You as you gather together to Celebrate your dear Mom's life and her love for her Sons, Daughters-in-Law, Grand Children and all the rest of the Ackerman Family and Friends!
With My Love ~ Elaine Kvasnicka Soukup
Safe travels Michael!