Margaret M Farnsworth

Sept 16, 1924 – Jan 11, 2023

RACINE – Margaret M. Farnsworth (née: Tykal), 98, died on Wednesday January 11, 2023 at her home where she was 75 years old.

Margaret was born in Racine on September 16, 1924 to the late Matthew and Mary (née Mihel) Tykal. Margaret trained as a registered nurse at Michael Reese Hospital in Chicago during World War II, where she met her future husband, LeMoyne E. Farnsworth, a United States Army Air Corp trainee recovering from surgery. They married shortly thereafter and returned to raise a home and family in Racine. She worked most of her career as a dedicated nurse at St Mary’s Hospital, now Ascension All Saints, in the maternity ward until that service was discontinued. There and in her later positions, she was affectionately called “Ferne” by her colleagues. After her retirement, she went to the YMCA for aquacising almost every morning, which gave her credit for her truly remarkable health and strength well into her 90’s. Margaret was a devoted daughter, sister and mother who took care of everyone. Many will remember her for taking all the neighborhood kids to swim at Zoo Beach on hot summer days. Her greatest joy, however, was with family, and she had her immediate and extended family over for “Sunday dinner” nearly every week. She was the glue that held the family together and will be greatly missed.

Survivors include their three children: Lynn (née: Farnsworth) (George) Tatge of Florence, Italy, Kent (Julie) Farnsworth of Fort Wayne IN, Scott (Sally) Farnsworth of Racine, WI; son-in-law David (Connie) Huelsbeck of Gainesville, GA; ten grandchildren: Jeff, William, Bryan, Tony, Alice, Mark, Kristin, Emma, ​​Lee and Lily; six great-grandchildren: Gavin, Sophie, Samantha, Ella, Scarlett and Arthur; seven step-grandchildren: Anna, Emily, Laura, Alex, Megan, Laura, and Dau; and many other dear relatives and friends. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her loving husband, LeMoyne E. Farnsworth; her daughter Kay (nee: Farnsworth) Huelsbeck; her brother Robert Tykal; and sisters: Helen Tykal and Elizabeth Ansboury (née: Tykal).

Family and friends can gather with family at the funeral home on Saturday, February 11, 2023 from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. A private funeral service will follow with burial at Graceland Cemetery. Monuments to the Racine YMCA or the Racine Zoological Society have been proposed.

The family would like Dr. Gerald Wisniewski, formerly of Ascension All Saints Hospital, Dr. Derek Turner of Ascension All Saints Hospital; and Heart 2 Heart Home Health Care, especially their personal caregiver Melissa Wood, for their support, sensitivity and loving care.

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