Margaret Laubenthal

October 5, 1928 – August 9, 2020


A funeral Mass for Margaret Mary Laubenthal, 91 of Bancroft, was held Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2020, at 10:30 a.m., at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Bancroft. Burial was in St. John Catholic Cemetery.

Margaret Mary Laubenthal was born Oct. 5, 1928, in Irvington, daughter of Nicholas and Josephine (Dentzer) Berte. She grew up on a farm near Irvington with seven brothers and one sister, graduating from St. Joseph High School at St. Joe in 1947. Margaret married Louis Laubenthal on June 11, 1951, at St. Joseph Catholic Church.

Together, Margaret and Louis raised their six children on a farm west of Bancroft. Margaret and Louis were members of St. John Catholic Church and were very dedicated to their faith. They enjoyed dancing, traveling and farm life. Margaret particularly enjoyed gardening, pickling, canning and preparing meals for her family. A family favorite through the generations are Grandma Margaret’s homemade cinnamon rolls. After Louis’s passing in 1977, Margaret remained on the farm until 1980 when she moved into Bancroft. Margaret continued to travel with friends and enjoyed going to casinos with her sister Delores.

Margaret died Sunday, Aug. 9, 2020, at the age of 91.

She is survived by her children: Karen (Gary) Chaput of Sunrise Beach, Mo., Kenneth (Peggy) Laubenthal of Bancroft, Mary Lou (Lynn) Stevens of Algona, Cynthia (Tom) Arndorfer of Bancroft, and Charles (Brenda) Laubenthal of Swea City; daughters-in-law Sheila Laubenthal-Black (Jim) of Algona and Julie Laubenthal of Bancroft; 19 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren. She is also survived by two brothers and a sister, Nicholas (Nancy) Berte of Algona, Edmund (Mary Ann) Berte of Algona, and Delores (Richard) Arndorfer of Bancroft; three sisters-in-law, Shirley, Janine and Judy Berte; and many other numerous family members and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband Louis; her son Richard; her grandson Brandon; brothers, August (Eleanor), Adam (Dorothy), Alfred, Charles and John Berte; and sister-in-law JoAnn.

Oakcrest Funeral Services of Bancroft is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be made at

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