November 26, 1920-June 24, 2018
Margaret Elenore Peterson was born November 26, 1920, in Coalinga, California, the first of four children born to Richard and Dagmar (Strid) Peterson.
Margaret attended elementary school and Excelsior High School in Long Beach, California. She took ice skating lessons, piano lessons and watercolor painting while in the family home. After high school she attended business college for two years, where she performed well enough at shorthand to qualify to be a court reporter.
Margaret met Henry Peter Langstraat in the produce department of Central Market, in Long Beach, where he always gave her slightly more bananas than ten cents would buy. They began dating, and especially enjoyed double-dating with Henry and Phyllis in Hank's Model A, with the rumble seat and orange wheels. One time, Margaret went to a movie and heard Hank's infectious laughter, and that sealed the deal. They married February 27, 1942 at Lakewood Village Church in Long Beach, CA.
Shortly thereafter, Hank went into the army and Margaret moved to Selma to live with her parents while she awaited the birth of their first born, Linda. Dennis and Alan were also born in Selma before the family moved to Missouri, where they added Gerald, Janice and John. While Hank farmed for 10 years at Ranch Roy-L, 70 miles west of St. Louis, Margaret focused on raising the children, was active in the Ladies Aid Society, and loved her church involvement.
In 1961 the family moved back to Selma, California, where David was born. Margaret's favorite pastimes were oil and watercolor painting, playing the piano, hosting coffee-time, and being an active member of her church, which produced her penchant for feeding her children spiritual food. 'Cast your cares on Him, for He cares for you,' was one of her favorite Bible verses.
Margaret was always by Hank's side, supporting him as he began various job pursuits, including Hank's Home Delivery milk business for Rosecrest Dairy in Selma. She also gave Hank moral support during fishing expeditions.
She had a beautiful smile and a gentle, kind personality. She knew God intimately and shared her faith with others.
Margaret was preceded in death by her parents, Dagmar and Richard, her brothers Robert and Kendrick, her husband, Hank, and two daughters-in-law, Henrietta and Zanne. She is survived by her sister, Norma Mulligan, her children - Linda, Dennis (Aleida), Alan (April), Gerald, Janice (Martin), John (Sheri), David (Heidi); her grandchildren - Jason (Lindsey), Henry (Mahesha), Charlotte (Chad), Ben (Kim), Becky (Stepan), Luke, Phil (Emily), Kennan, Jenni, D.j., Haley (Roy), Liesel (Bodie), and her great-grandchildren - Jason, Marley, Joey, Will, Zoe, Noah, Haley, Asher, Owen, Eli, Sasha, Stella, Pippin, Oliver, Corwin, Myrna, and nieces and nephews too numerous to name.
A Celebration of Margaret's life will take place on July 21 at 11:00 at the First Christian Church, 2026 Arrants, Selma, CA.