Obituary: Margaret (Marge) Powers Kjelland, Jan. 6, 1938 – May 8, 2019
Margaret (Marge) Powers Kjelland left this earth on May 8 after a long struggle with cancer. Marge was born on January 6, 1938, to Michael and Anna Gallagher Powers in Evanston, Illinois. She lived in Chicago and Milwaukee and graduated from Pius High School. Marge graduated from Beloit College in 1960 and married Charles (Chuck) Kjelland shortly after graduation.
After Marge and Chuck were married, they moved to Lewiston, Idaho, where she taught junior high school while Chuck attended Washington State University. The couple then lived in Burien, Washington, San Jose, California, and La Palma, California, following Chuck’s career. Marge taught in Burien and San Jose, then was a classroom aide in La Palma just as computers were introduced. She quickly became an expert in Apple computers. She also directed a preschool for several years.
In 1988 they moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico, where Marge was active in Newcomers and played much bridge with them. She also joined her college sorority Kappa Alpha Theta alumni group, and was also active in the Officers Wives Club at Kirtland Air Force Base. Chuck’s job involved extensive travel, and Marge joined him on many trips. Upon Chuck’s retirement in 1993, they moved to Tucson, Arizona.
In Tucson, Marge continued her sorority involvement, serving on the Theta advisory board at the University of Arizona, and as president of the alumni group, as well as president of Newcomers. Chuck and Marge traveled extensively to many parts of the world, including Australia, New Zealand, Peru, several European countries and the Caribbean. Hawaii was also a favorite destination. Marge enjoyed many summers in Vail, Colorado, and that will be her final stop. Marge is survived by her husband Chuck of 59 years, sons Kurt (Linda), Kevin, and Philip (Tracy), as well as her beloved granddaughter.
A funeral mass will be held at Santa Catalina Church on May 18th at 10 a.m. A memorial service will be held in Vail, Colorado, at a later date. In lieu of flowers, contributions to the Cancer Society would be appreciated. Thanks to the Casa de la Luz for making her final days comfortable.