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Margaret M. Poeschel

Margaret M. Poeschel

Margaret M. Poeschel of Boyceville died Sunday, January 2, 2022, a few weeks short of turning 100 years old at The Neighbors of Dunn County in Menomonie.

Margaret was born on the family farm in Maxville Township, Buffalo County.  She was the daughter of August and Mary (Schlosser) Prissel.  Margaret had a love of education.  She learned to read by age four and after six years of grade school went on to attend high school in Durand.  She continued her love of education, earning a teaching degree from UW Eau Claire.  Margaret started teaching at the age of 17 in the one-room schools of Oak Hill and Walker's Corner in rural Buffalo County.

 She married Harold Poeschel at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Durand.  They raised five children and were married for more than 63 great years.  Together they owned and operated family farms, first in Buffalo County and then in Dunn County, for over 50 years. 

 Margaret continued her college education while teaching, taking care of her family and farming. She received degrees from UW Eau Claire and UW Stout.  Margaret was an elementary teacher for over 36 years and taught in the Boyceville School District for the majority of her career.   Margaret enjoyed her time teaching, traveling, taking walks, painting, golfing, dancing, being at their cabin and especially spending time with family and friends.  

Margaret is survived by her sister, Thelma Caturia, her children, Susan (Robert) O'Keane and John (Mary Jo) Poeschel; a daughter-in-law, Suzanne Poeschel; five grandchildren;  Christopher, Timothy (Linda), Patrick, Carly (Ben) Wong and Michael (Tiffany); seven great grandchildren, Jacob, Matthew, Courtney, Morgan, Joshua, Elliott and Austin and many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Margaret is preceded in death by her parents August and Mary Prissel; her husband, Harold Poeschel; a daughter, Joan Poeschel; two sons Gary Poeschel and Robert Poeschel; five brothers, Leonard (Marion) Prissel, Wilfred (Evelyn) Prissel, Joseph (Blanche) Prissel, Francis (Edith) Prissel, August Prissel; two sisters, Theresa Prissel and Laura Prissel.

Due to Covid-19, private funeral services will be held.  Burial will be at St. Joseph's Cemetery in Menomonie. 

The family would like to express their thanks and appreciation to everyone that has helped Margaret over the years, and a special thank you to The Neighbors of Dunn County and Hospice for the kindness and care that was given. 

Memorials can be made to Stepping Stones of Dunn County (1620 Stout Rd. Menomonie, WI 54751) or the charity of choice.


  1. Bonnie Wehler

    So sorry for your loss. She was my favorite teacher in school! Always kind and always smiling. A wonderful influence for all in her class.

  2. Deb Holmlund

    My early teaching years, in a two-three combination classroom, were blessed with the guidance of Margaret and Marge Bartlett! They were terrific mentors!
    Peace and good memories...
    Deb and Pete Holmlund

  3. stephen prissel

    Sympathy to the entire family. Thoughts are with you. She had an infectious smile. I remember visits to the farm near Boycville growing up and spending time with all my cousins, Aunts and Uncles. It was hard hearing of all who passed so young. Family means so much as we age.

  4. Arlene and Bruce Deetz

    Our sympathy to Margaret's family.

  5. Janet Modahl

    Mrs. Porsche’s was a role model for many of us in the education profession. Rest In Peace.

  6. Vanji Thompson

    Sorry to hear about aunt Margaret.She sure was allot of help when my mom died.U all have my sympaty.Dad talked allot about her.I have good memory qedo

  7. Dave and Brenda Drier

    So sorry to hear this, our thoughts and prayers are with you!

  8. Cindy (Hight) Swoboda

    She was one of my favorite teachers. (third grade) She was great! RIP Mrs. Poeschel!


    Sorry to hear of aunt Margaret's passing, your mother can now rejoin Harold and her children who predeceased her.

  10. Larry and Carol Prissel

    You all have our Sympathy,

  11. Judith Cross nee Prissel

    I’ll remember your sense of humor and smile Aunt Margaret.
    Rest In Peace.

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