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Margaret Ellen Bull


December 15, 2018

IRONWOOD, Mich. - Margaret Ellen Bull, age 90, of Ironwood, passed away on Dec. 8, 2018.

Margaret was born on March 4, 1928, daughter of the late Robert and Elizabeth (Reed) Edyvean in Ironwood. She was a 1945 graduate of Luther L. Wright High School.

On Jan. 21, 1956, she married Dan Bull at the Newport Methodist Church in Ironwood and he preceded her in death on March 26, 2009.

Margaret worked for many years as a bookkeeper at Coast-to-Coast Hardware and then Kmart, where she retired as office manager. Margaret was a faithful member of Wesley United Methodist Church where she served many years as the treasurer.

Margaret was very strong-willed and fiercely independent. She recently spent two months at the Villa Maria Nursing Home where she worked very hard in therapy to make it back home. She was extremely happy to be back in her own home.

What Margaret enjoyed most in life were special times spent with her family ...her pride and joy! Margaret was known to be a thoughtful and generous person, always offering to help any friend or family who was ill or in need of assistance. She would show up for a visit with a dish or some bakery, or perhaps offer to drive someone to the grocery store or to church.

No person who visited Margaret would ever leave hungry. As many Grandmas are, she was an expert cookie-maker and knew everyone's favorite and would be sure to have plenty ready for their visits. As most good Cousin Jacks are, she was also an expert pasty-maker and not only prepared pasties for family often, but was known to provide pasty-making training upon request. Her family will treasure memories of the many special times they shared with her.

Margaret and Dan had large extended families and many close friends in the area. They spent many years traveling after retirement and enjoyed most winters in southern Texas where they made many additional friends from across the United States and Canada. Their kindness and warm smiles touched many.

She is survived by five children, Don (Sue) Bull, of Valparaiso, Ind., Dave (Cheri) Bull, of Green Bay, Wis., Doug (Carrie) Bull, of Ironwood, Diane (Tom) Schmidtke, of Hurley, Danette Bull (Terry Alatalo), of Ann Arbor, Mich .; five grandchildren, Cory (Cheyenne) Bull and Katie Bull (Brad Mills), Tommi (Alex) Bernklau and Tim Schmidtke (Erica Meulemans) and Matt Bull; sister-in-law, Alice DiMarco, of Seattle, Wash., and brother-in-law, Richard VanDerschelden, also of Seattle, along with many nieces, nephews and friends.

Margaret is now reunited with Dan, her parents and others who preceded her in death, including two brothers, Robert Jr. and Irving Edyvean; two sisters, Florence Kent and Mary (Elizabeth) Moon; and sisters- and brothers-in-law, Julie Edyvean, Millie Edyvean, Ernest Kent and Orlo Moon.

A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, Dec. 19, at 11 a.m. at Wesley United Methodist Church, 500 E. McLeod Ave., in Ironwood. A gathering of family and friends will precede the service at 10 a.m.

Spring interment will take place at Riverside Cemetery in Ironwood.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund will be established.

McKevitt-Patrick Funeral Home of Ironwood is assisting the family with arrangements. For more information and to express condolences, visit

"Another limb has fallen from the family tree.

I keep hearing a voice that says, 'grieve not for me.'

Remember the best times, the laughter, the song.

The good life I lived, while I was strong.

Continue my heritage, I'm counting on you.

Keep smiling and surely the sun will shine through.

My mind is at ease, my soul is at rest.

Remembering all, how I was truly blessed.

Continue traditions, no matter how small.

Go on with your life, don't worry about falls.

I miss you all dearly, so keep up your chin, until the day comes when we're together again."


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