Margaret Louise Heald

Margaret “Peggy” Louise Heald, 85, passed away on July 7, 2018, surrounded by her loved ones at her home in Auxvasse, Missouri.

Margaret was born on September 6, 1932, in Bonaparte, Iowa, to Dorothy and George Simmons. She was the fourth of five sisters. She married her husband of 64 years, Glenn Heald, on December 12, 1953, at the Bonaparte Presbyterian Church. In December 1957, Margaret earned a Bachelor of Science in Home Economics Journalism from Iowa State College in Ames. In 1958, she and Glenn moved to Lisle, Illinois, where they began raising their family. In 1967, the family of five moved to Dubuque, Iowa. During their years in Dubuque, Margaret attended Clarke College and earned a Master of Arts in Elementary Education in 1977. She taught in the Dubuque Community School District at Irving and Table Mound elementary schools for 10 years. In 1987, Margaret and Glenn purchased a farm in central Missouri, built a home, and began raising Angus cattle. Margaret continued working as a substitute teacher in Callaway County schools for many years. Wherever she lived, Margaret was always an active part of the churches the family attended, serving in a multitude of ways, including as a Clerk of Session, as a Stephen Minister, and, of course, as a teacher. She was an outstanding cook, exceptional seamstress/knitter/quilter, avid reader, and tireless volunteer.

Margaret is survived by her husband Glenn of Auxvasse, Missouri; sister Frances (Al) Jolliffe of Waukee, Iowa; daughters Laura (Patrick) Schwartz of New Vienna, Iowa, Jennifer (Michael) Gaumnitz of Lenexa, Kansas, and Annette (John) Walter of Auxvasse, Missouri; grandchildren Amanda Schwartz of Dyersville, Iowa, Phylicia (Thomas) Chandler of Ashland, Oregon, Zachary Schwartz of Eugene, Oregon, Grace (Andrew) Rebhorn of Madison, Wisconsin, and John (Emily) Gaumnitz of Overland Park, Kansas; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by a son, Todd Heald; her sisters Myrna Jean Kreiger, Mary Ellen Kaness, and Elizabeth Calvert; and her parents.

A private memorial service will be held at a later date in Bonaparte, Iowa. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be donated to the Bonaparte Cemetery Association Inc. (c/o Charla Warner), P.O. Box 37, Bonaparte, Iowa 52620-0037.

“Well done, good and faithful servant … enter thou into the joy of thy master.” (Matthew 25:23)


  1. Wendy Gansen on July 11, 2018 at 11:33 am

    Prayers for you and your family Laura.

  2. Tom Danner on July 12, 2018 at 11:49 am

    Sorry to hear this news Laura. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  3. Livy Ploessl on July 13, 2018 at 10:11 am

    So sorry to hear of your loss Laura. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

  4. Sharon Pierson on July 13, 2018 at 10:13 pm

    Glenn, so sorry hear of Peg’s passing… she was a good friend and neighbor for many years. You and your family are in my prayers. God’s blessings.

  5. John Payne and Mary Harrison on July 15, 2018 at 8:00 pm

    Glenn, John and I were sorry to hear of Peg’s passing. We will always remember her sweet smile. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers.

  6. PATTI GRIFFITH on July 16, 2018 at 8:35 am

    Mr. Heald: So sorry to hear of Mrs. Heald’s passing. I sure enjoyed talking Angus cattle with her when we would come and check out your calves for show calves. My daughter, Kristyn, still to this day talks about that heifer we purchased from you guys. She did really well at the National Jr Angus Show. Life is all about memories isn’t it ? I will always remember her sweet smile. You and your family will be in our thoughts and prayers. Del and Patti (Hopkins) Griffith

  7. Jane and Richard Worm on July 16, 2018 at 4:12 pm

    We send our sympathy to you, Glenn, and the family. We learned about Peg’s passing at church on Sunday and her obituary appeared in Sunday’s Telegraph Herald. We enjoyed knowing you and your family and have wonderful memories of my working with Peg in various church activities.

  8. Carol Freeze on July 16, 2018 at 5:04 pm

    I am so sorry for your loss, Laura, Pat, Amanda, Phylicia, Zach and Tom. I hope the memories you have of her help ease the sorrow you feel at this time. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

  9. Carl Wubben on July 17, 2018 at 12:13 pm

    Glenn, I’m sorry for your loss. Glad to read about Margaret’s contribution to education, I’m sure she was a very good educator. I hope you are enjoying good health and I’ve read that you have some family close and some in Iowa.
    I was happy to work for you in the John Deere large crawler group back in the 80’s. Yes back in the days of T-squares and triangles. Then the HP35 calculator came along and things started to change for the better.

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