April 4, 1931 ~ August 9, 2019
Born in: Denver, CO
Resided in: Arvada, CO
Margaret Nelson Oltrogge was born on April 4, 1931, in Denver, Colorado, to Carl Walfred and Margaret Pauline (Johnson) Nelson. She joined siblings, Pauline, 10 and Carl, 7. Margaret passed away on August 9, 2019.
She attended Denver Public Schools (Mora Moore Elementary and Byers Junior High School) and graduated from South High School in 1949. She worked many summer jobs from the age of fourteen, most frequently at Conoco Touraide Headquarters in Denver. Margaret lived in Pasadena, California for a year and a half and attended Pasadena City College. She then worked for Phillips Petroleum as a secretary and switchboard operator in Denver until she saved enough money to pay for her next semester in college. Margaret graduated from Westmont College, Santa Barbara, California in 1956 and taught in Denver Public Schools and in Ithaca, New York. Later she obtained a Masters Degree in Library Media at the University of Colorado, and worked as a Library Media Specialist in Jefferson County Schools, Colorado, for nineteen years.
She married Victor Oltrogge in 1956 at Belcaro Free Church in Denver, Colorado. They were blessed with four wonderful children: Kirk David, b. 1959, Kathy Lynne (Nichols), b. 1962, and twins Sheri Lea (Perlan) and Scott Nelson, b. 1964, and ten grandchildren. Her son Kirk preceded her in death in December 2007.
Next to her relationship with God, the most important thing in her life was her family. She loved her role as wife and mother, and later as grandma. She enjoyed teaching, reading and encouraging children to read. Participating in Christian Women’s Club – both in Illinois and Colorado – and in Community Bible Study in Arvada was rewarding. Many friendships grew from these special activities.
Memorial Donations may be made to:
The Denver Rescue Mission
PO Box 5206
Denver, CO 80217
Young Life Arvada
5855 Wadsworth Bypass Ste. B
Arvada, CO 80003
A Memorial Service will be held on Thursday, August 15th at 4pm at the Horan & McConaty Family Chapel at 7577 W. 80th Avenue, Arvada, CO 80003.
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