Margaret Elaine Bugenhagen

Margaret Elaine Bugenhagen

October 22, 1931 – March 21, 2024

VISITATION begins Friday, April 5th, at 10 a.m., followed by MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL at 11 a.m.,  St. Robert Bellarmine Catholic Church, 11802 Pacific St.  Interment, Calvary Cemetery.

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Margaret Elaine Bugenhagen was born on October 22, 1931, in Omaha, Nebraska, the daughter of Jerome and Martha Karthaus. Margaret Elaine was accompanied into this world by her twin sister, Mary Eloise, and both joined their older sister, Martha Mary.

During their youth, Margaret Elaine and Mary Eloise won several competitions as the most look-alike twins. Upon graduating from Cathedral High School, Margaret Elaine attended The University of Omaha and worked for Northwestern Bell Telephone. On December 30, 1953, she married Charles Bugenhagen, her husband of 69 years.

Margaret Elaine became a military wife until the couple relocated to Mitchell, South Dakota, where Charles founded a family business with the help of Margaret Elaine, who devoted her time raising their four children.  In addition, while living in Mitchell, Margaret Elaine was a member of the local chapter of P.E.O, a women’s philanthropy organization celebrating women’s motivation, advancement, and education. She was also active in the Jaycees.

In 1986, Margaret Elaine moved with Charles back to her hometown of Omaha, Nebraska, where she taught in the Westside Early Childhood Centers for 27 years. During her teaching career, she won many awards and thoroughly enjoyed working with her students.

Margaret Elaine was a devoted mother to her children. She was a remarkable woman whose kindness, grace, compassion, and unwavering faith were instilled in her children and touched the lives of all who knew her.  Margaret Elaine enjoyed traveling and spending time with her family and friends. One of her favorite times was the family’s annual vacation to Lake Okoboji, where she looked forward to seeing everyone together.

Margaret Elaine was 92 years old when she died on March 21, 2024. She was resting comfortably at Ava’s House in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, surrounded by loving family members celebrating and reminiscing about her extraordinary life.

Margaret Elaine was preceded in death by her husband Charles, parents Jerome and Martha Karthaus, twin sister Mary Eloise Beal, and sister Martha Mary Riebe. She is survived by daughter Barb Skancke, son and daughter-in-law Jeff and Veronica Bugenhagen, daughter and son-in-law Patti and Todd Wintersteen, daughter and son-in-law Diane and Jeff Baker, nine grandchildren, and nine great-grandchildren.



  • Kristin Gross Posted March 23, 2024 2:09 pm

    Sending prayers and all my love. Your mother and dad were one in life and now they are one in heaven. God Bless

  • Pearl Thunn Posted March 24, 2024 9:16 am

    Condolences to the family of Bugenhagen and other side of her family. Love you all Pearl

  • Donna Jares Posted March 26, 2024 11:19 am

    I am thinking of all of you as we go back so many years. Your mom was so special and definitely a rock to cling to. I still miss the wonderful times we shared. My thoughts and prayers are with you

  • Jares Donna Posted March 26, 2024 11:23 am

    I tried to send a message earlier so hope this goes through. Thinking of all of you and the wonderful times our families had. My prayers are with all of you

  • Karla (Piearson) Nieman Posted March 28, 2024 2:20 pm

    I am so sorry for the loss of your mother. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.🙏🏼❤️

  • Cecilia Villarreal Posted April 5, 2024 9:50 am

    My deepest sympathy to all the family.

  • Deborah Flanders Goodwin Posted May 13, 2024 4:11 pm

    She was a wonderful person. loved her chilli. we had lots of fun vacations to Minnesota. rest in peace,

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