Margarete Hahn

Margarete Hahn

Friday, January 21st, 1938 - Monday, August 10th, 2020
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Margarete Hahn, 82, of St. Joseph, passed away at home on Monday, August 10, 2020. A Celebration of Life Service will be held on Tuesday, August 18, 2020, at 11 AM at Starks & Menchinger Chapel, 2650 Niles Rd., St. Joseph, with Pastor Steve Hartten officiating. Burial will follow at Riverview Cemetery. Out of concern for the family and friends in attendance masks will be required as well as proper social distancing. Memorial contributions may be made to Wounded Warrior Project. Those wishing to leave an online condolence may do so at

Margarete was born on January 21, 1938, in H├╝ffenhardt, Germany to Karl & Luise (Eckert) Keil. She immigrated to the United States in 1958 and was fiercely patriotic to her adopted country. Margarete worked for many years at Whirlpool Corporation, where she was known as a hardworking, straight shooting expert in her field. After her retirement, Margarete traveled annually back to her home country of Germany to visit her mother, and often traveled with the local Historical Society to historic landmarks in the U.S. She was also a proud member of Peace Lutheran Church. Margarete was a strong woman and a rock for many. She could always be counted on for help, a soft shoulder, or a kick in the pants, whichever was needed. Nothing meant more to her than her children and grandchildren. While our hearts are broken, because of the strength and courage Margarete showed them her whole life, we will continue to flourish.

Margarete is survived by her daughters, Monica (Mike) Hahn of San Rafael, CA, Heide (Don) Briggs of Berrien Springs, and Andi Varner of Thomasboro, IL; grandchildren, Levi (Samantha) Burns, Cody & Sage Briggs, Morgan (Dustin) Miller, and Hannah (Josh) Wallick; and great-grandchildren, Luca Burns, and Peyton & Paisley Miller.

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  • Service

    Tuesday, August 18th, 2020 | 11:00am
    Tuesday, August 18th, 2020 11:00am
    Starks & Menchinger Chapel
    2650 Niles Rd.
    St. Joseph, MI 49085
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    Out of concern for the family and friends in attendance masks will be required as well as proper social distancing. Memorial contributions may be made to Wounded Warrior Project.
  • Interment

    Riverview Cemetery
    2925 Niles Road
    St. Joseph, MI 49085
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Sue Bailey

Posted at 11:55am
I was so sorry to hear of Margarete's death. I worked with Margarete on my first job at Whirlpool and she was a major influence on me - a very funny, no-nonsense, and extremely knowledgeable woman. I was amazed at her journey - from Germany during the war to America and raising her family. My condolences to her family and hoping that you all have a treasure trove of great memories of this exceptional woman.
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Monica Hahn Posted at 04:59pm

Thank you, Sue! Mom always had a great deal of respect for you. Among that treasure trove of memories are many of visiting her at work & the many people I got to know who eventually also became colleagues. Best to you! Monica

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Posted at 06:08am
My condolences to Margaret's family. I had the pleasure of meeting and working with Margaret at Whirlpool when we developed and installed a new manufacturing system in the late 80's. The obituary does an excellent job of describing her. Margaret was always sent to the plants to train the users there to correctly use the system. She oversaw a key part of Whirlpool's Manufacturing System and made sure that it functioned correctly. Her daughter, Monica worked for me and Margaret had raised her to be a very talented, successful person. Margaret was a memorable person. We will all miss her.


Monica Hahn Posted at 05:02pm

Thanks so much, Lynn. You are absolutely correct that she shaped my professional career, & taught me everything I know about strength, integrity, & hard work. Your condolences are very much appreciated.

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