Fulton County Centenarian, Margaret J. Kistler, 100 years and twelve days, was surrounded by her loving family when she passed away at Woodlawn Hospital at 12:55 a.m. Friday, June 29, 2012.
Margaret, the Queen Mom of the Kistler clan, ascended to the the century plateau less than two weeks ago. She embraced this awesome accomplishment by savoring a wonderful birthday party, celebrating the milestone she aspired to achieve, hosted by her family for friends and community associates. All who knew Margaret, knew she was a marvelous lady who wore her 100 years well, illustrating that age is only a number.
An eternal optimist, Margaret greeted all she met with warm, radiant smile and a twinkle in her blue eyes. Her demeanor was easy going and she always exhibited a positive attitude key elements in achieving her coveted milestone. Tickling the ivories with authority, Margaret provided musical joy and comfort to her many friends over the years at Hickory Creek, the Senior Center and until a couple of weeks ago Wynnfield residents. In June, Margaret shared a ride on the Purdue Fire truck with Parade Grand Marshalls Dick and Suzanne Belcher leading the Round Barn Festival parade. Family and treasured friends were the recipients of her custom creations the Brillo pad style scrubbing devices, a necessity for the kitchen.
Margaret Juanita Foster Kistler was born in Tiosa on June 17, 1912, the daughter of William and Margaret Dudgeon Foster. As one of eleven children, growing up she shared her childhood with five brothers and five sisters. Margaret was a proud member of the Rochester High School class of 1930 the oldest living Zebra grad until her passing.
On May 6, 1934, Margaret married her best friend, Wayne “Toad” Kistler, in Rochester’s 1st Presbyterian Church. Their union spanned 48 years and produced a daughter and three sons. The family tree continued to grow with the added blessings of nine grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and one great-great-granddaughter.