Margaret Marie Chrisler, 85, of rural Gorham, Kansas, died on Friday, July 05, 2019, at the Via Christi Assisted Living Center in Hays, Kansas.

Margaret was born on October 22, 1933, in Natoma, Kansas, the daughter of George and Agnes (John) Eickhoff.  She grew up in Natoma and graduated from Natoma High School and lived in the Osborne and Ellis county areas most all her life.  She worked as a clerk at Smardo Appliance Store before marriage.  She was united in marriage to Ralph Chrisler on September 07, 1952, at the St. John Lutheran Church in Natoma.  From this union Margaret and Ralph were blessed with 3 daughters Debra, Patricia and Lisa.  She worked as a farm wife, helping Ralph manage the farm, as well as a homemaker raising their daughters.  Ralph preceded her in death on July 07, 2017.  She and Ralph were longtime members of the Peace Lutheran Church in Natoma and held several church offices.  She was a member of the EHU Homemakers, Gold Circle and Life Member of the Russell V.F.W. Auxiliary and was a member of the election board.  She enjoyed sewing, cooking, crafts, mowing and riding her 4 wheeler.  Most of all she enjoyed spending time with her family and enjoyed her grandchildren, great grandchildren and great-great grandchild. 

Surviving family include daughters, Debra Sprick of Salina, Kansas, Patricia “Patty” Mullen (Rick) of Plainville, Kansas and Lisa VanHorn (Kevin) of Hays, Kansas; four grandchildren Don Sprick, Nicole Burl (Greg), Kristina VanHorn-Cook (Eric), Bryan VanHorn (Kiley); Great Grandchildren Tori Burl & Rowen Cook; Great-Great Granddaughter Olivia;  brother Ben Eickhoff, sister in-law Adeline Eickhoff, brother in-law Gene Chrisler (Dorene)

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband of  65 years Ralph Chrisler, brother Bob Eickhoff;  brothers in law Delmar Chrisler and wife Myra & Eldon Chrisler; sister in law Ellen Ruth Strang.

A celebration of Margaret's life will be held at 10:30 A.M. on Tuesday, July 09, 2019, at the Peace Lutheran Church in Natoma with Pastor Michael Schmidt officiating.  Guests are invited to join the family for lunch at the church immediately following the funeral service.  Burial will take place after the lunch at the Fairport Cemetery in Fairport, Kansas around 1:30 P.M..  Visitation will take place at the church from 9:30 A.M. to 10:30 A.M. the day of the service.  Memorials may be given to Peace Lutheran Church or Honor flight and sent in care of the mortuary.  Pohlman-Varner-Peeler Mortuary of Natoma, Kansas, is in charge of the funeral service arrangements.


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