Margaret Alfstad Stake, age 75, of Friendship, Wisconsin died Wednesday, August 14, 2019 at the Wisconsin Dells Health Services in Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin.

Memorial services will be 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, August 28, 2019 at the Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in Tomah, Wisconsin. Rev. William Rice will officiate. Visitation will be 10 a.m. until the time of service on Wednesday, August 28th, at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church.

Interment will be at the Quincy Cemetery, Town of Quincy, Adams County, Wisconsin at a later date.

Margaret was born February 6, 1944 in Chicago, Illinois to Arnot and Anna (Thomason) Alfstad. She graduated from Luther High North in Chicago, IL in 1961. Margaret married John Kenneth Stake on June 26, 1965 in Chicago, Illinois. She accompanied John, while he served three years in the U.S. Army. They moved to Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota, where their daughter Kirsten was born. In 1971, they were called to Abiding Savior Lutheran Church in Scottsdale, Arizona. They returned to St. Paul in 1974, and in 1975 began 27 years in the Army Chaplaincy serving communities around the world.

Margaret received her B.A. in English from Wayne State University in 1982. She worked as a legal secretary and administrative assistant in many places including Illinois Tool Works, Robertson, Castle and Anthony in Honolulu, Davidson, Herman & Mauer in Minneapolis, BELCORE in New Jersey, and M&I Bank in Adams.

In 2002, Margaret and John retired to their home in Friendship – near Castle Rock Lake with daughter, Kirsten Baxter and grandson, Ryan Baxter.

Margaret enjoyed writing, reading, quilting, decorating, and participating in the Moundview Ladies Bridge Club in Friendship.

Margaret was a member and leader of many church and chapel organizations, Officers Wives Clubs, and community charitable groups in Europe and the United States.

Memorials may be directed in Margaret’s memory to Lutheran Bible Translators, PO Box 789, Concordia, MO 64020-0789

Margaret was preceded in death by her parents, Arnot and Anna Alfstad; and aunt and uncle, Rensa and Ray Gerharz.

Husband: John K. Stake of Friendship, Wisconsin
Daughter: Kirsten M. Baxter of Friendship, Wisconsin
Grandchild: Ryan John Baxter of Friendship, Wisconsin
Sister: Barbara Alstad Baker of Elgin, Illinois
Nephew: Jeffery Baker of Austin, Texas
Nephew: Robert (Janie) Baker of Cumming, Georgia
Nephew: Erik Baker of Elgin, Illinois
Further survived by other family and friends.

Roseberry’s Funeral Home is assisting the family. Visit for online condolences and further information