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Margaret R. Hastings

LITTLE FALLS — Margaret R. Hastings, 94-year-old resident of Little Falls, Minn., passed away Wednesday, March 30, 2011, at Diamond Willow in Little Falls. There will be no service and she will be interred in Evergreen Cemetery in Brainerd.

Margaret Victoria Stubert was born on Dec. 2, 1916, in Medicine Hat, Alberta, Canada, to Barbara Stubert, a Russian immigrant. Within several months she came into the care of the local social service agency which placed her in the foster home of Robert and Mabel (Loveland) Miller who were homesteading in the area. The Millers changed Margaret’s name to Margaret Roberta Miller and raised her as their daughter. The family moved to Minnesota and lived in St. Paul and Minneapolis for several years before moving to Two Harbors. Margaret entered kindergarten in Two Harbors and graduated from Two Harbors High School in 1935. She continued her education at what is now the University of Minnesota Duluth. She taught kindergarten in Eveleth, Congdon Park in Duluth and for 25 years at the Whittier School in Brainerd. In 1940 she married Richard Hastings, her high school sweetheart. They were later divorced. Margaret was a longtime companion of the late Gordon Rosenmeier, a Little Falls lawyer who for many years was a senator in the Minnesota Legislature. Margaret moved to Little Falls to care for him the last several years of his life and remained in Little Falls after his death. Since childhood Margaret loved and cared for animals. Needle pointing was a longtime hobby and she cherished the many photographs she took of friends, animals and nature. She was raised a Christian Scientist and found direction and comfort from her faith all of her life.  

 Memorials are preferred to the Morrison County Humane Society, Morrison County Historical Society, Minnesota Historical Society or the Rosenmeier Center at Brainerd Community College.

Arrangements are with the Shelley Funeral Chapel in Little Falls.