Margaret Mary Smith, 81, of Cascade, passed away peacefully Thursday, Jan. 7, at Mercy One Medical Center in Dubuque, after a courageous battle with cancer.

A private family visitation for Margaret was Saturday, Jan. 9, at the Reiff Funeral Home in Cascade.

A Mass of Christian burial was at 11 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 9, at St. Matthias Catholic Church in Cascade, with Rev. Mark Ressler Presiding. Lectors were Courtney Hany and Bradley Boffeli. Petitions were read by Paul Elinger. Placing the pall were Timothy Smith, Mary “Deb” Boffeli, Jennifer Ehlinger and Mary Ellen Ressler. The service was live streamed on the Reiff Funeral Home Facebook page. Burial was in Calvary Cemetery in Cascade.

Casketbearers were Courtney Hany, Josh Smith, Bradley Boffeli, Brett Boffeli, Brittney Boffeli, Meghan Ehlinger, Paul Ehlinger, Thomas Ehlinger and Nikkolette Ehlinger.

She was born June 12, 1939, in Monticello, daughter of Hillard and Eleanor (Simmons) Knapp. She graduated from St. Martin’s School, class of 1957. On Feb. 8, 1958, she was united in marriage to Thomas Leo Smith at St. Martin’s in Cascade. He preceded her in death April 28, 1979.

The couple farmed in the rural Cascade area. Following Thomas’ death, she was employed by Schwager/Purina Ag as a bookkeeper, and later employed by the Anamosa State Penetentiary for many years as a prison guard. After her retirement, she opened the first Quizno’s in Dubuque.

Margaret enjoyed the outdoors, family drop-ins, traveling and living life to the fullest.

She was a very loving wife, mother, grandma and great-grandma, and will be greatly missed by all who loved her.

She was a member of St. Matthias Catholic Parish in Cascade.

She is survived by three children: Timothy (Barb) Smith and Mary “Deb” (Peter) Boffeli of Cascade and Jennifer (Lawrence) Ehlinger of Lee’s Summit, Mo.; nine grandchildren: Courtney (Scott) Hany, Josh (Alisha) Smith, Bradley (Lisa) Boffeli, Brett Boffeli (and friend, Brooke Briggs), Brittney Boffeli, Meghan Ehlinger, Paul (Carolina) Ehlinger, Thomas (Allison) Ehlinger and Nikkolette Ehlinger; eight great- grandchildren, Reid and Norah Hany, Trenton and Lucas Smith, Lauren, Cara, Ceceila and Adrienne Boffeli; one very special longtime friend, Mary Ellen Ressler; three siblings: Don (Jan) Knapp, Mary (Robert) O’Shea and Nancy (Richard) Hess; her in-laws: Annette and Don Evans, Don (Judy) Takes, Ann and Steve Lansing, Carlene and Bruce Rehmke and Anita and Tom Gleason; and many nieces and nephews.

She is also preceded in death by her parents; a brother, Robert J. Knapp; a sister-in-law, Teenie Takes; two brothers-in-law, Leo (Diane) Smith and Jim (Ruby) Smith.

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The family would like to extend their sincere appreciation to Dr. Engelman, Dr. Mortensen and staff at Mercy One for their kind care of Margaret.