Margit E. Hand passed away Sunday evening, Mother’s Day, May 8, 2016, surrounded by her family at the Sharon Richardson Hospice Center after a brief stay.

Margit was born at home in Sheboygan Falls, WI on January 22, 1930 to German and Prussian immigrants Fredrich and Clara Albertin. She grew up in Sheboygan Falls and developed a love of gardening as she helped in her parent’s nursery and greenhouse business, Hillside Gardens.

While in high school, Margit and six of her friends started a sewing club, The Seven Little Stitches. The group maintained a lifelong friendship, adding their husbands and children to their fun get-togethers. Margit leaves Germaine Doro as the last living “Stitch”. While in high school, Margit taught Sunday School at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church. Margit received the DAR award and graduated from Sheboygan Falls High in 1948.

After high school, Margit worked as a secretary at Richardson Furniture where she met her future husband. She and Robert W. Hand were married April 17, 1952 in Indianapolis. They initially lived in Sheboygan Falls before moving to North Carolina while Bob served in the Army. Following Bob’s Army service, they returned to Wisconsin and bought a hobby farm outside of Waldo where they raised their growing family of seven children.

Margit worked at a variety of jobs while her children were in school: Ley’s Department Store, Plymouth Cheese Counter, The Sheboygan Press, Kvindlog Bus Service, and for 18 years at J.C. Penney. Many lifelong friendships were made at the J.C. Penny Catalog group. These friends formed the J.C. Penney Catalog Card Club which continues today.

Margit was an active member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Cascade and has enjoyed many years with the Mission Circle, holding every office several times. Margit was an Enameling and Stenciling Leader with the Waldo Fireflies 4-H club, a member of the Waldo PTA, and volunteered at the Adell Senior Center.

Margit loved time with her family and we have many great memories of summers at Flossies cottage and of camping at Twin Bridges Resort. Margit was a city girl who flourished as a country girl, herding cows, pigs, chickens, critters the kids brought home, tending a huge garden, and loving the outdoors.

In 1968 Margit and Bob bought their first snowmobile and became charter members of the Greenbush Kettle Moraine Trailblazers Snowmobile Club. Margit designed the club logo and served as the club secretary.

Margit loved to sew, knit, crochet, embroider, cross-stitch, draw, paint, read, cook, bake, and especially quilt. Through the years she made hundreds of quilts; one for every child, grandchild, great grandchild, and many NICU babies.

Margit is survived by her husband: Robert; seven children: Chris (Jim) Dotz, Jeff (Debbie) Hand, Joe (Margaret) Hand, John (Jody) Hand, Carolyn Daniels, Corinne Tracy, and Jim (Ann Marie) Hand; 15 grandchildren: Ben (Molly) Bollenbacher, Amy (Nick) Federer, Wendy (Jeff) DeSando, Andrew (Jessica) Harper, Eric (Shanley) Harper, Meredith (Nick) Bertalon, Jeremy (Nicki) Hand, Justin (Susan) Hand, Jason (Tiffany) Liermann, Kyle (Kristin) Reiss, Holly Tracy, Jacob Hand, Zachary Hand, Megan Hand, Luke Hand; 25 great grandchildren: Olivia, Noah, Andrew, Eleanor, Allie, Geo, Elisabetta, Evelyn, Addie, AJ, Victoria, Jordan, Payton, Hailey, Jace, Greyson, Preston, Sam, Calvin, Kalen, Luciana, Grace, Tinley, Harrison, McKenna, and one more due in November; brother: Harvey Albertin; and sister-in-law: Ellen Fritts.

She is also survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Margit was preceded in death by her parents: Fred and Clara; her in-laws: William and Ida Hand; sisters-in-law: Ruth Albertin and Lois Hand; brother-in-law: Jack Fritts; grandson: Patrick Bollenbacher; nephew: Robert Fritts; and niece: Mary Lou Lau.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday, May 12, 2016 at 11 a.m. at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Cascade. Rev. Richard Bidinger, Pastor of the Church, will officiate. Burial will be in the Sheboygan Falls Cemetery. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, May 11, 2016 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Suchon Funeral Home in Plymouth and at the church on Thursday, May 12 from 10 a.m. until time of services.

A memorial fund has been established in her name for the Sharon Richardson Hospice and St Paul Lutheran Church in Cascade. The Suchon Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Plymouth is serving the family. For online condolences, please visit

Margit’s family extends a special thank you to the staff at Sharon Richardson for their care and concern.

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