Margo Anderson Ahrens

January 21, 1930 - April 29, 2023


Obituary For Margo Anderson Ahrens

On April 29, 2023 Margo Anderson Ahrens left this earth in the state of grace. She died peacefully with her family at her side. Margo was born to Marjory and Lee Anderson on January 21, 1930, in Lake Orion, Michigan where she and her five siblings were raised. She graduated from St. Mary's College at Notre Dame with degrees in Theology and Education. Margo modeled her life around these degrees making sure her family had a firm base of Christianity and the proper education needed to navigate life. Margo married Peter Ahrens in June, 1952. Her early married life entailed moving seven times with five children in tow to help Peter progress in his career. In 1962 they settled in Madison, adding two additional children. Margo was very involved in a myriad of activities. She was a prolific decorator and an accomplished cook who kept her family nourished (both body and soul). She owned and showed three gaited horses, earned an ESL Certificate to teach English as a second language to Hmong families at the Madison Literacy Council, helped to raise funds for St. Mary's Hospital and St. Paul's Organ Fund and authored two novels. She and Peter traveled extensively to several countries, set up a second residence in Naples, Florida and developed friendships with people from every walk of life imaginable.

Margo is survived by her children, Catherine Ahrens, Peter Martin Ahrens, Amanda (Bruce) Meier, Matthew (Deborah) Ahrens, DJ Ahrens and Adam (Rose Reyes) Ahrens. She is further survived by grandchildren Matthew A. (Meagan Blazewicz) Ahrens, Austin (Olya) Meier, Jordan (Christa) Meier, Max (Melissa) Meier, Alexandria Ahrens and Anna Ahrens. Further survived by five great grandchildren (with a 6th due at this printing), sister, Ann (Charles) Starrs, sisters-in-law Mary Ellen Ahrens, Sr. Lulie Ahrens, Marilyn Anderson and Jane (Steve Grue) Ahrens. Numerous nieces and nephews add to surviving relatives. She was predeceased by her parents, husband, son Justin Leo, son-in-law Gary Edge, sisters, and their spouses, Mary Lee (Bob) Kelley, Sally Anderson, Judith (Louis) Basso and brother William Anderson. Also predeceasing her are in-laws Gay Byrnes, Jeff Ahrens, nieces and nephews.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at Good Shepherd Catholic Parish at the St. James Church, 1128 St. James Court, Madison at 11:00AM on Wednesday, May 10, 2023. A visitation will be held from 10:00AM until the time of the Mass at the Church on Wednesday. Private interment will be held at a later date.

The family wishes to thank the special people in her life: her friend and card playing partner, Mary Whalen, her long-time housekeeper, Evelyn Arteaga, and the angels at St. Mary's 7W who took special care and treatment of her until the end. In lieu of flowers, donations to SSM Health St. Mary’s Foundation of Madison in memory of Margo Ahrens would be welcomed (700 S. Park Street, Madison, WI 53715) or

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10 May

Mass of Christian Burial

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Good Shepherd parish at St. James Catholic Church 1204 St. James Court Madison, WI 53715 Get Directions »
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  • May 10, 2023

    In honor of one of most Classy ladies I have ever known! Our hearts and prayers are with you all!

  • May 10, 2023

    Our sincere sympathy on the death of your Mother, Margo. She and Peter were good friends to both Joan and Perry. Our prayers are with you all. The Perry Schappe Family Cathy (Schappe) and Jeff Holmes Karen (Schappe) and Steve Ruscko Raymond and Jodi Schappe

  • May 09, 2023

    Sending condolences on behalf of my mother, Joanne Bryan MacDonald, a St. Mary's 1952 classmate and friend of Margo's. She has wonderful memories of their time together at St. Mary's.

  • May 08, 2023

    My thoughts go out to the Ahrens family. To good memories and a life well lived. Jeff Stern

  • May 07, 2023

    As a former employee of Ahrens Cadillac, I remember Mrs Ahrens as a very loving and devoted wife and mother. She had a smile and kind word and always looked spectacular. She was total class!!! I'm sorry for your loss, Ahrens family.

  • May 06, 2023

    Our thoughts & prayers are with you. Rest in peace, Margo, and enjoy your heavenly reward. Sr. Hedwig & Fran Tierney

  • May 05, 2023

    My sincere condolences and sympathies to the Ahrens family. Dave Marks

  • May 04, 2023

    My condolences to the Ahrens family. Margo was a truly beautiful human being. Linda K. Brown, former employee of Ahrens Cadillac-Oldsmobile

  • May 04, 2023

    Margo was the classiest woman I've ever met. She will ALWAYS hold a very special place in my heart. My condolences to her entire family.

  • May 03, 2023

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