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home : obituaries : obituaries August 28, 2014

10/7/2013 8:00:00 AM
Margaret E. Newman
Jan. 6, 1912 - Oct. 5, 2013
Margaret Newman
Margaret Newman

Centenarian, greatly respected and much loved school teacher, Margaret E. Newman, 101 years, 8 months and 30 days, departed this life at Life Care Center, Rochester, on Oct. 5, 2013, at 12:45 a.m. 

On Jan. 6, 1912, in Richland Township of Fulton County, Margaret E. Halterman was born, a cherished daughter of George Leroy and June Elizabeth (Beck) Halterman. As one of eight children in the Halterman family, she shared her childhood with three sisters and four brothers.

With great pride, Margaret graduated from Richland Center High School with her class in 1930. 

With a love for children, she pursued her dream of becoming a teacher, graduating from Manchester College in 1932. She later took classes to further professionalize herself at Ball State University. Her teaching career spanned more than four decades, leading off with her first assignment at Burton School for a year, then on to Richland Center. When the schools consolidated in the mid-1960s, Mrs. Newman became a member of the Riddle School teaching staff. Miss Margaret, as she was known to many of her students, inspired her first and second graders with many adventures in learning, helping them achieve their basic educational foundation of life skills. In May of 1973, she signed her last report card, retiring from a fruitful career in education.

On May 6, 1939, Margaret was united in marriage with Mr. Reardon J. Newman at the St. Joseph Catholic Church in Rochester. Together they enjoyed nearly 52 years of life's adventures as a dynamic couple.

A loyal and dedicated member of the St. Joseph Catholic Church, Margaret was also a member of the Rosary Society and the Good Sams Club. She was also member of the Fulton County Retired Teachers, the Quilting Club and a charter member of the 31 Club.

Margaret is lovingly remembered by several nieces and nephews, including George and Marilyn Halterman, of Rochester; great-nieces and great-nephews; also her church family, students, friends and colleagues she had met along life's journey.

Preceding Margaret in death are her parents; beloved husband, Reardon Newman, on March 10, 1991; three sisters, Josephine Mason, Evadean Deardorff and Mary Fry; and her four Halterman brothers, Rex, Otis, Chris and Harrison.

A celebration of the life of Margaret E. (Halterman) Newman will be on Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013, at 11 a.m. at the Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester, with Fr. Bert Woolson officiating.

Friends may visit with her family from 3-6 p.m. on Tuesday and an hour prior to services on Wednesday. The Rosary will be recited on Tuesday evening at 6 p.m. at the funeral home.

Margaret will be laid to eternal rest next to her beloved husband Reardon in IOOF Cemetery, Rochester.

Memorials, in lieu of flowers, may be made to the donor's choice.

Online expressions of sympathy may be made to Margaret's family at

Reader Comments

Posted: Wednesday, October 16, 2013
Article comment by: Connie Sutton

May you rest in peace, Miss Margaret, with a ruler in your were greatly loved.

Posted: Wednesday, October 9, 2013
Article comment by: Donna Kuehl

My first year of teaching was 3rd and 4th grades at Richland Center Schools. I was privileged to be a colleague of Miss Margaret. Sje was such a loving and dedicated teacher, a true inspiration to a first-year teacher. How many hundreds (thousands??) of lives did she touch? She was truly a great lady.

Posted: Tuesday, October 8, 2013
Article comment by: Debbie Beehler Stapleton

Miss Margaret: A beloved teacher to all at Richland Center. May you rest in peace and enjoy Eternal Life with our Lord Jesus Christ.

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