Obituary: Margaret Fandrei

Sept. 18, 2019

Margaret Fandrei of Oak Creek, Ellison Bay, Slinger and of late Sturtevant, Wisconsin, died at the age of 92.

Margaret lived a very full life, even though throughout her life she had great heartbreak by the loss of her mother at a young age, as well as losing her first husband, Elroy Cummings. With him she had two daughters, Cathleen and Colleen, who brought her great joy.

She held many jobs throughout her life, such as a factory worker at PCA, where she met her second husband, Moreland “Mort” Fandrei Sr. With him, they had one son, Moreland Fandrei Jr. Mort introduced her to the glories of our savior, Jesus Christ. She became a woman of faith saved by grace on March 25, 1962.

Marge and Mort shared 53 blessed years together. Through the years they enjoyed many things together. They loved hunting, fishing, boating and making maple syrup together with family and friends. They also spent every weekend they could at the “shack” on their property in Ellison Bay and later retired to a home they placed on the same property. Always together, enjoying their life with a great love.

Marge was well known for her fabulous cooking and baking skills. Her butterhorns and turnovers were unbelievable! Friends and family would always know if they popped in for a visit, there was always a wonderful cake or pie waiting to be shared. She learned to make her infamous tacos from a dear friend, but she perfected them as only she could do. Family and friends knew they were in for the best treat when she would make them.

Marge’s love will live on in the hearts of her son and daughter, Mordy (Kathie) Fandrei and Colleen Purdy; son-in-law, Thomas Czarnecki; 15 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews; other family; and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Richard and Tillie Mueller; daughter, Cathleen Czarnecki; son-in-law, Bryn Purdy; great-grandson, Nathaniel Welch; sister, Evelyn (Robert) Krause; siblings-in-law, Austin Fandrei, Carroll (Natalie) Fandrei, Antoinette (Vinton) Brandt, and Goldie (Emery) Lundquist.

Relatives and friends are invited to join Marge’s family in a celebration of her life with a memorial service held at 11 am on Saturday, Sept. 21, at Bethel Baptist Church, 852 Europe Bay Road in Ellison Bay, with Pastor Joel Rose officiating. A luncheon will follow at the church in her honor.

In lieu of flowers, the family would greatly appreciate memorial donations to be given for the cemetery monument.

Casperson Funeral Home and Cremation Services in Sister Bay is assisting the Fandrei family. Expressions of sympathy, memories and photos of Margaret can be shared through her tribute page at

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