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Margaret Ilove Sanftner

Memorial Mass for Margaret Ilove Sanftner was celebrated Saturday, November 25, at Our Lady of Victory Catholic Church in Kadoka, with Father Bryan Sorensen as celebrant. She passed away November 20, 2006.

Music for the service was provided by JoAnne Stilwell, pianist, with congregational hymns. Ushers were Jim and Danny Addison, Keith and Brett Bonenberger.

Interment was in the Belvidere Cemetery.

Margaret Ilove Jensen was born November 8, 1927, at her parents' home 12 miles south of Belvidere, the daughter of Jens F. and Goldie Irene (Walker) Jensen. Ilove was a premature baby delivered by her grandmother Emma Walker. When the doctor finally arrived from Kadoka days later, he said she has a one in 10,000 chance of surviving, so you know Ilove had determination.

Ilove graduated from Belvidere High School in 1946 with honors among a class of seven. Ilove then attended Black Hills Teachers College and taught for three years in the area.

Ilove was united in marriage to Charles "Bud" Sanftner on December 15, 1951, in Belvidere, and to this union were born two sons. In 1960, Ilove returned to teaching duties and continued until her retirement in the 1990s. She has remained in Belvidere where her son Randy lived with her until his death in 2003.

Grateful for having shared her life include her son, Rolly Sanftner and his wife, Laurie, of Casper, WY; two grandchildren, Tucker Dallas Sanftner of Iraq, and Holly Jean Sanftner of Laramie, WY; two sisters, Delores Bonenberger of Belvidere and Gladys Hix of Colorado Springs, CO; two sisters-in-law, Frances Jensen of Kimball and Theresa Matz and her husband, Bob, of Hot Springs; several nieces and nephews of the Jensen and Sanftner families; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Ilove was preceded in death by her husband, "Bud" Sanftner on January 22, 1974; a son, Randy Sanftner on July 14, 2003; her parents; and two brothers, Dale S. and Virgil F. Jensen.

A memorial fund "Books from Ilove" has been established to the Kadoka school.

Arrangements are with the Rush Funeral Chapel of Kadoka. Written tributes may be made at www.rushfuneralhome.com