Margaret K. Zard


June 13, 1918 - August 31, 2011


Margaret K. Zard was born in Mitchell, SD, to Anthony and Catherine (Moran) Kelly on June 13, 1918. She attended Notre Dame Academy and graduated from Mitchell Senior High School.

Following graduation, Margaret was employed by Farm Credit Bureau, Omaha, NE, and later as a hog buyer for Hormel’s in Mitchell. Prior to her marriage, she began working for the Milwaukee Railroad, and continued her work in the Trainmaster/Roadmaster’s Mitchell office until the depot closed in the early 1980’s.

Margaret was united in marriage with James Walter Zard at Holy Family Catholic Church on October 6, 1947. They lived for a short time in Mt. Vernon, SD, and then moved to Mitchell. Margaret and Jim were blessed with three children, all daughters.

Margaret and Jim raised cattle, and after Jim’s death in 1968, Margaret and her daughters continued managing the farm, raising and showing registered sheep as well as registered quarter horses.

Margaret was a 4-H Leader for many years, and served on the 4-H Leaders State Advisory Board. She was a member of both the SD and National Dorset and Suffolk Breed Associations, and a member of both the SD and American Quarter Horse Associations. She was a lifetime member of Holy Family Catholic Church, Holy Family Altar Society, and held district offices in Catholic Daughters of America.

Until she started losing her vision, Margaret was an avid seamstress, enjoyed playing bridge and going to the Queen of Peace Wellness Center. And until her recent illness, Margaret continued managing the farm. Her greatest joy was being with her family—going on trips with her daughters, playing and visiting with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, along with having the family together for holiday and birthday celebrations.

Margaret is survived by her daughters, all of Mitchell: Mary Kay Jorgensen, Margaret Anne Zard, and Patty (Dave) VerSteeg; her grandchildren: Anne Jorgensen, Dell Rapids, SD, Katie (Barclay) Kreth, Mt. Vernon, SD, Catherine VerSteeg and John VerSteeg, both of Mitchell; her great-grandchildren: Matthew Jorgensen and William Kreth; sisters-in-law: Grace Kelly and Joy Zard; and nephew; Gary Zard.

Preceding Margaret in death were her husband, Jim; her parents, her brother, Francis Kelly, and in childhood, a sister, Mary Catherine, and two brothers, William and Joseph; son-in-law: Thomas Jorgensen; sister-in-law, Annabelle Hull; brother-in-law, Tom Zard; niece: Peggy Runestad, and nephews: Joe Hull and Duane Zard.


Friday, September 2, 2011
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Bittner Funeral Chapel
Prayer Service ~ 7:00 PM
805 West Havens
Mitchell, South Dakota


Saturday, September 3, 2011
10:00 AM
Holy Family Catholic Church
321 East 3rd Avenue
Mitchell, South Dakota


Calvary Cemetery
Mitchell, South Dakota

Posted by Colleen (Tegels) DeJong on September 14, 2011
So very sorry to hear of your loss. She was a neat lady. I went to school with Patty. Your in my prayers and thoughts.
Posted by Elwin & Rosalie Hohn on September 2, 2011
Our thoughts & prayers are with you and we extend our deepest sympathy.
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