Margaret Lacey

Margaret G. Lacey, 109, of Fonda died Monday, July 3, 2017 at Fonda Specialty Care.

Funeral Mass was held Friday, July 7, at Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Church in Fonda. Burial followed in Mt. Zion Catholic Cemetery in Fonda. Mahaney Funeral Home in Fonda was in charge of the arrangements.

Margaret G. Lacey was born June 1, 1908 in Gillett Grove, daughter of Robert and Catherine (Hannrahan) Lacey.

She was baptized and confirmed in the Catholic Church, and lived her entire life as a devout Irish Catholic, regularly attending daily Mass.

In 1910, the family moved to Varina where Margaret attended school, graduating from St. Columbkille School in 1925. Margaret continued her education in Cedar Falls earning her teaching certificate. She returned to Pocahontas County to teach for several years in a one-room school house.

In her 30s, Margaret took the civil service exam and entered the Secret Service of the United States working for the Armed Services Division, moving from Joliet, Ill., to St. Louis, Mo., to Washington, D.C. During her 30 years of service, Margaret earned many promotions.  She served under the leadership of different presidents during WWII, Korean and Vietnam wars.

After retiring, Margaret lived for five years in Janesville, Wis., assisting her cousin Fr. Delbert Schmelzer with parish duties. In the late 70s, Margaret moved to Fonda, her hometown area, where she lived until the present.

Margaret was an active member of OLGC parish, Holy Family Society and a school volunteer.

Margaret was very proud of her Irish heritage and always served guests a “cup-of-tea” with her Irish Belleek china. She enjoyed traveling, attending family celebrations, reading and walking.

Throughout Margaret’s lifetime, she touched the lives of many. Her kindness and genuine love for others will be remembered for years.

Margaret was preceded in death by her parents, and only sibling, John.