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Obituaries

September 10, 2013

Margaret I. Gernand

POTOMAC — Margaret I. Gernand, of Potomac, passed peacefully from this life at 12:23 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 8, 2013, at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana after a lengthy illness.

She was born May 4, 1929, at her family’s farm in Allerton, Edgar County. She was the third child of Esther (Alley) and Frank P. Reed. Margaret attended schools in Allerton and Newman and also in Dana, Ind. In April 1946, her family moved from Dana, Ind., to their Potomac farm. Because it was her senior year of high school, Margaret was able to attend the last month of school at Potomac High School but graduate from Dana High School as the salutatorian of the Class of 1946.

In her youth, Margaret was active in 4-H where she participated in track and won awards for the broad jump and 100-yard dash. She was very athletic, and many times she would compete against the boys.

While she was helping on her dad’s farm in Potomac, she met her future husband, Peter “Ted” Gernand Sr. They were married on Dec. 4, 1951, in Chicago. They were blessed with two children, Shirley Jean and Peter “Larry” Gernand Jr.

Margaret enjoyed all aspects of the farm. She showed that she was an active partner of the family farm as she helped her husband from spring planting through fall harvest as well as keeping the farm records throughout the year. In 2003, Gernand Farms was chosen as one of the hosts for the 50th Farm Progress Show. The event was held at their farm near Henning. Margaret was always very proud of being a farm wife.

An avid gardener, Margaret enjoyed canning the produce she raised. To the delight of her family, she baked homemade angel food and German chocolate cakes for their birthdays. For many years, Margaret was an active member of the Potomac Civic Woman’s Club.

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