Margaret Conway-Oakes (1921 – 2005)

Margaret E. Conway-Oakes, age 83, a resident of Kenosha died Sunday February 20, 2005 at her residence. She was born on July 16, 1921 in Kenosha to the late Paul and Margaret E. (Henry) Callahan.

Her uncle Reverend Austin Henry married her to William R. Conway on February 9, 1946 at St. Thomas Aquinas Church in Kenosha. William died November 6, 1984. On March 16, 1986 she married Harold Oakes at St. Anastasia Catholic Church in Fort Pierce FL. He died on October 1, 1987. She attended St. Thomas grade school, Mary D. Bradford and Toebe Beauty Culture Academy in Madison WI.

A lifelong Kenosha resident her life revolved around St. Thomas Aquinas Church and the wonderful friends and memories she had of the church. She grew up in the St. Thomas area, was baptized and married in the church, and her children attended St. Thomas school. She was very active in many aspects of the church and worked on the summer festival committee. She was well known to fellow parishioners for her homemade baked bread and her countless hours spent working at parish dinners.

She was a Girl Scout leader, Troop organizer and worked at the Pottowotomie Girl Scout Camp. She was past president of the St. Thomas Altar Society, a former officer of the Women?s Catholic Order of Foresters, a member of the V.F.W. Auxiliary and Women of the Moose Club. She worked as a poll worker for many years, belonged to the St. Peters Sr. Group and the St. Mary?s Friendly Center.

She loved sewing, knitting and crocheting, played in various card clubs for many years and never met a deck of cards she didn?t like. She is survived by one son; William Timothy (Virginia) Conway of Kenosha, three daughters; Peggy (Gary) Sepanski of Kenosha, Patti (David) Richards of Fairview TN., Roseanne (Gary) Brown of Onalaska WI, eleven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. One brother Paul J. (Ruth) Callahan further survives her of Endeavor WI.

Her parents, both husbands, one brother Glynn Callahan and one granddaughter Laura Sepanski, preceded her in death.

A memorial mass for Margaret will be celebrated on Thursday February 24, 2005 at 11:00AM at St. Peters Catholic Church. (2224-30th Avenue) Visitation with the family will be held on Thursday at the church from 9:30AM until the time of mass.

According to the wishes of Margaret, please omit flowers. Burial will take place at St. James Catholic Cemetery.

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