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Margaret M. Scheetz passed away at her residence on Tuesday, May 27, 2008. She was 86 years of age.

Margaret Mary Kiefer Scheetz was born on December 13, 1921 at Mack, Colorado in a small log cabin built by her great grand mother, Caroline Kiefer, mother of the early Western Slope pioneers, “The Kiefer Brothers.” Caroline built the cabin of Quakies (Aspen), shipped down from the Bookcliffs on the historical Uintah Railroad, which her grandson, Charley Kiefer, (Margaret’s father), helped build.

There is a street in Fruita “Caroline Ave”, named for Caroline Kiefer and another “Kiefer Ave” named for the “Kiefer Brothers” that came to Western Colorado in the 1880’s, who founded Cleveland, the southern part of Fruita.

Margaret was the fifth of six children born to Charles and May Kiefer. All six children went through Mack grade school and Fruita Union High School. Her class of 1936 was the first freshman class in the new Fruita Union High School building, several streets North of Main St. She graduated in 1940.

Margaret grew up working in the fields alongside her father and brothers. They also had a Jersey dairy that served Mack and the small towns “Up The Line” in the Bookcliffs on the Uintah Railroad, also doing her stint milking cows and delivering milk.

For several years during WWII, she and her father ran the farm and she herded 5000 turkeys for a neighbor on the desert and fields south of Mack.

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After the war she taught two years of school on an “Emergency” Certificate, called this because young people with only a High School diploma had to fill in for teachers that were fighting overseas. Her first school was way out in the hills of Southern Colorado and the other was her “Alma-mater”!, the Mack Grade School.

Margaret married Joseph William Scheetz of Delta, WWII Veteran and holder of the Purple Heart, on June 7, 1949 in Fruita Sacred Heart Catholic Church, which her father and grand uncles helped build, and which she had attended all of her life. They lived their married life on farms in the Delta and Olathe area. To this union five children were born. All five survive Margaret enjoyed hunting arrowheads, gardening, amateur Western slope and family historian, enjoyed music, was a member of St. Michael’s Catholic Church and the Alter & Rosary Society. Her greatest love was her family.

Those grateful to have shared in her life, her three sons; Edward & Loretta Scheetz of Montrose, CO, Joseph Scheetz of Paonia, CO and Peter and Mairin Scheetz of Manassas, Virginia. Two daughters; Annette Scheetz, M.D. & Jim Rhodes of Chicago, IL and Connie and Dana Maanum of Ava, MO. Two sisters; Agnes Kiefer of Grand Junction, CO and Anne Schmaltz of Montrose, CO and thirteen grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and three brothers, John, Leo and Jerome Kiefer.

Margaret M. Scheetz passed away at her residence on Tuesday, May 27, 2008. She was 86 years of age.

Margaret Mary Kiefer Scheetz was born on December 13, 1921 at Mack, Colorado in a small log cabin built by her great grand mother, Caroline Kiefer, mother of the early Western Slope pioneers, “The Kiefer Brothers.” Caroline built the cabin of Quakies (Aspen), shipped down from the Bookcliffs on the historical Uintah Railroad, which her grandson, Charley Kiefer, (Margaret’s father), helped build.

There is a street in Fruita “Caroline Ave”, named for Caroline Kiefer and another “Kiefer Ave” named for the “Kiefer Brothers” that came to Western Colorado in the 1880’s, who founded Cleveland, the southern part of Fruita.

Margaret was the fifth of six children born to Charles and May Kiefer. All six children went through Mack grade school and Fruita Union High School. Her class of 1936 was the first freshman class in the new Fruita Union High School building, several streets North of Main St. She graduated in 1940.

Margaret grew up working in the fields alongside her father and brothers. They also had a Jersey dairy that served Mack and the small towns “Up The Line” in the Bookcliffs on the Uintah Railroad, also doing her stint milking cows and delivering milk.

For several years during WWII, she and her father ran the farm and she herded 5000 turkeys for a neighbor on the desert and fields south of Mack.

After the war she taught two years of school on an “Emergency” Certificate, called this because young people with only a High School diploma had to fill in for teachers that were fighting overseas. Her first school was way out in the hills of Southern Colorado and the other was her “Alma-mater”!, the Mack Grade School.

Margaret married Joseph William Scheetz of Delta, WWII Veteran and holder of the Purple Heart, on June 7, 1949 in Fruita Sacred Heart Catholic Church, which her father and grand uncles helped build, and which she had attended all of her life. They lived their married life on farms in the Delta and Olathe area. To this union five children were born. All five survive Margaret enjoyed hunting arrowheads, gardening, amateur Western slope and family historian, enjoyed music, was a member of St. Michael’s Catholic Church and the Alter & Rosary Society. Her greatest love was her family.

Those grateful to have shared in her life, her three sons; Edward & Loretta Scheetz of Montrose, CO, Joseph Scheetz of Paonia, CO and Peter and Mairin Scheetz of Manassas, Virginia. Two daughters; Annette Scheetz, M.D. & Jim Rhodes of Chicago, IL and Connie and Dana Maanum of Ava, MO. Two sisters; Agnes Kiefer of Grand Junction, CO and Anne Schmaltz of Montrose, CO and thirteen grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and three brothers, John, Leo and Jerome Kiefer.

Margaret M. Scheetz passed away at her residence on Tuesday, May 27, 2008. She was 86 years of age.

Margaret Mary Kiefer Scheetz was born on December 13, 1921 at Mack, Colorado in a small log cabin built by her great grand mother, Caroline Kiefer, mother of the early Western Slope pioneers, “The Kiefer Brothers.” Caroline built the cabin of Quakies (Aspen), shipped down from the Bookcliffs on the historical Uintah Railroad, which her grandson, Charley Kiefer, (Margaret’s father), helped build.

There is a street in Fruita “Caroline Ave”, named for Caroline Kiefer and another “Kiefer Ave” named for the “Kiefer Brothers” that came to Western Colorado in the 1880’s, who founded Cleveland, the southern part of Fruita.

Margaret was the fifth of six children born to Charles and May Kiefer. All six children went through Mack grade school and Fruita Union High School. Her class of 1936 was the first freshman class in the new Fruita Union High School building, several streets North of Main St. She graduated in 1940.

Margaret grew up working in the fields alongside her father and brothers. They also had a Jersey dairy that served Mack and the small towns “Up The Line” in the Bookcliffs on the Uintah Railroad, also doing her stint milking cows and delivering milk.

For several years during WWII, she and her father ran the farm and she herded 5000 turkeys for a neighbor on the desert and fields south of Mack.

After the war she taught two years of school on an “Emergency” Certificate, called this because young people with only a High School diploma had to fill in for teachers that were fighting overseas. Her first school was way out in the hills of Southern Colorado and the other was her “Alma-mater”!, the Mack Grade School.

Margaret married Joseph William Scheetz of Delta, WWII Veteran and holder of the Purple Heart, on June 7, 1949 in Fruita Sacred Heart Catholic Church, which her father and grand uncles helped build, and which she had attended all of her life. They lived their married life on farms in the Delta and Olathe area. To this union five children were born. All five survive Margaret enjoyed hunting arrowheads, gardening, amateur Western slope and family historian, enjoyed music, was a member of St. Michael’s Catholic Church and the Alter & Rosary Society. Her greatest love was her family.

Those grateful to have shared in her life, her three sons; Edward & Loretta Scheetz of Montrose, CO, Joseph Scheetz of Paonia, CO and Peter and Mairin Scheetz of Manassas, Virginia. Two daughters; Annette Scheetz, M.D. & Jim Rhodes of Chicago, IL and Connie and Dana Maanum of Ava, MO. Two sisters; Agnes Kiefer of Grand Junction, CO and Anne Schmaltz of Montrose, CO and thirteen grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and three brothers, John, Leo and Jerome Kiefer.