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Margaret L. Chastan

Margaret L. Chastan

Margaret L. Chastan, 93, of Menomonie died peacefully in her sleep on Thursday, September 10th, 2020.

Margaret was born April 5th, 1927 to Louis and Viola (Marchetti) Bertagnolli in Chisholm, MN. She grew up in Chisholm and graduated from high school there. Margaret attended University of Wisconsin-Stout where she received her Bachelors Degree and Masters Degree in Home Economics Education. She had nine children when she received her undergraduate degree and ten children when she received her graduate degree. On October 9th, 1948, Margaret married Joseph D. Chastan in St. Paul, MN. In 1956, they moved to Menomonie, where they owned and operated Chastan Jewelers from 1956-1970. They also owned and operated Alex’s Pizza from 1968-1985 in Menomonie and then in Durand until 1996 when they retired. 

Margaret had many interests including serving on the board of Indian Waters Girl Scouts Council, being an active member and officer of the American Association of University Women, and teaching vocational courses about baking, breads, and canning. Margaret was also an avid baker and enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Margaret is survived by five sons, David of Ontonagon, MI, Donald (Susan) of Ontonagon, MI, Jeffrey of Menomonie, Mark (Terri) of Menomonie, and John (Laura) of Reedsburg; five daughters, Christie Chastan, Kay Chastan, Barbara (Dave) Hoffman, all of Menomonie, Mary (Jeff) Manor of Wisconsin Rapids, Nancy Chastan of St. Louis Park, MN; thirteen grandchildren, Mariah and Nikki, Christopher and Nicholas, Amanda, Adam and Patrick Chastan, Terrence Chastan-Davis, Nathan, Coral, and Chelsea Manor, Sarah and Anthony Hoffman; nine great-grandchildren, Reagan, Eleanor, Conway, and Michael Chastan, Maliah and Keaton Callies, Vivian and Julia Manor, and Lucille Keyes. Margaret is also survived by four nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Joseph, parents, Louis and Viola, and sister, Delores (Richard) Sartor. 

Due to Covid-19, a private funeral will be held at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church with a private burial service to follow in the church cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family prefers memorials to Stepping Stones Food Pantry or Girl Scouts of America.


  1. Judith and Richard Felts

    I am so sorry to hear of your mother’s passing. She was a lovely lady and will be missed. May God be with you and your memories will hold her close in your hearts.

  2. Angela O'Kray

    To the Chastan Family. I would like to speak on behalf of the entire council of Girl Scouts of the Northwestern Great Lakes when I offer you our condolences for the loss of Margaret. Margaret was a great friend of Girl Scouts and her friendship will be sorely missed.

    Our thoughts are with you during this difficult time.

  3. Teresa Andraschko

    To the Chastan family, So sorry for your great loss. Margaret was a special lady. Our condolences, Matt and Teresa Andraschko

  4. Jean J Johnson

    Every time we remember the good times spent with the ones we've lost, we keep them alive in our hearts.

  5. Julie & Gordon Wolf

    We are so sorry to hear of the passing of your mom. She was a special lady. We have nothing but beautiful memories of all your family. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

  6. Greg Stewart and Jenny Reinke

    To the entire Chastan clan,
    We know that the loss of Margaret will be felt deeply for a very long time. We hope you can find peace in your memories.

  7. Kathy Stewart

    So sorry I can't be there with you. Joe and Margaret always made me feel like I was a member of the family.
    My prayers are with you all.

  8. Denise and Barry Sartor

    We are sorry for the loss of your sweet Margaret. What a lovely lady. Cherish the memories of her.

  9. jodi escott

    My deepest thoughts and prayers to the family. I was blessed to know the family thru marriage and my sisters, Nikki & Mariah Chastan. Margaret lived an amazing life and she gave back to so many.. rest in peace with your husband.

  10. Dianna McBride

    ????Prayers to all of you. Sorry for the family's loss. I will be thinking of you.❤

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