Margaret E. MacLeod Langbehn | April 17, 1926 - May 9, 2013

Woman enjoyed giving back to others

2013-05-30T00:00:00Z Woman enjoyed giving back to othersBy Carrie Rodovich Times Correspondent nwitimes.com
May 30, 2013 12:00 am  • 

Margaret Langbehn was a kind, generous woman who put her family above everything else, said her son, Mark Langbehn.

“She raised four boys, and her boys were everything to her,” he said. “She had our backs at all times.”

Margaret Langbehn, 87, of Crown Point, died May 9. She was preceded in death by her husband, Donald Langbehn.

Although she was funny and kind, she was known to her sons as “the sergeant” because she didn’t take any flack from anyone, he said.

When she was 48 years old, she decided to go back to school to become a licensed practical nurse. She then worked at St. Mary Medical Center in Hobart.

She also made numerous trips to Central America with Dr. Nicholas Retson to assist with surgeries on children there.

Mark Langbehn said his mother was a common woman, not impressed by material things.

“She loved life, and she didn’t know a stranger. She’d walk right up to people and start talking,” he said.

She was an excellent baker, and would bake things in order to give them away. She also knit so many afghans, there are some put away for future generations of great-grandchildren.

“She loved her children and her grandchildren,” he said. “She loved to go to the grandkids’ sporting events and sit in the stands and cheer.”

Mark Langbehn said he admired the way his mother stayed independent until the end.

“She was as independent as they come,” he said. “She took care of herself, no matter what.”

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