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Margaret ‘Meg’ Tjaden

Margaret “Meg” Tjaden, 76, of Charles City, passed away Sunday, July 5, 2020 at the 11th Street Chautauqua Guest Home in Charles City.

A graveside service will be held Monday, July 13, 2020 at Riverside Cemetery in Charles City with Pastor Russ Leeper from Saint John Evangelical Lutheran Church in Charles City officiating

Margaret ‘Meg’ Tjaden
Margaret ‘Meg’ Tjaden

Visitation will be from 3-5 p.m. on Sunday July 12, 2020 at Hauser Weishaar Funeral Home in Charles City. Those in attendance will be asked to follow social distancing guidelines and to please wear a face covering, thank you for your understanding.

Margaret “Meg” Louise (Haugland) Tjaden was born July 1, 1944 in Story City, Iowa, the daughter of Arnold LeRoy and Alice May (Thompson) Haugland. Meg grew up on a farm in Story County and went to Milford Township Consolidated School. Upon her senior year, Nevada consolidated with Milford and so she graduated from Nevada High School in 1962. Meg went on to one year at Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa plus a nine month course of bookkeeping classes at the Cedar Rapids Business College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

On May 29, 1965, Meg was united in marriage to Larry Edward Tjaden. They had two children: Debra Mae and Scott Edward. The couple lived on a farm north of Colwell and Meg helped with the farming for many years. In 1985, Meg took an office position with Floyd County Home Health Care and later became the office manager and worked there for 10 years. She moved to Des Moines and worked for Sears Credit for over three years and Farm Bureau Financial Services in the Life Department for seven years. In 2006, Meg moved to Lisbon, Iowa and worked a short time with city hall. A year later, she moved back to Charles City and became a Foster Grandparent working in the Lincoln and Washington Schools.

Meg’s interests over the years were raising her children and getting involved with their activities like 4-H since she was a member growing up herself. She enjoyed doing cross-stitching, knitting, crocheting, ceramics and playing in card clubs. Meg was a member of Saint John Evangelical Lutheran Church, the Colwell Culture Club (holding officer positions), 8&2 Club (holding officer positions), Double Dozen Club and the Cowbells. She helped serve suppers at the Colwell Church monthly, sang in church choirs for many years and sang with the Charles City Singers for a few years.

Living family members include her children: Debra (Chuck) Stanbro and Scott (Jennifer) Tjaden; grandchildren: Kacey (Seth) Cook, Justin (Jacey) Stanbro, Madelyn Tjaden, Max Tjaden and Myles Tjaden; three great-grandchildren: Bennett, Aleyah and Callum; three sisters: Patricia Cirksena, Cynthia Williamson and Kathleen (Dennis) Tichenor; along with several nieces and nephews.

Meg was preceded in death by her parents, Arnold and Alice Haugland and one sister, Elizabeth Buck.

In lieu of flowers the family suggests giving memorials to Saint John Evangelical Lutheran Church or St. Croix Hospice both in Charles City.

Hauser Weishaar Funeral Home, (641) 228-2323, 1205 South Main Street, Charles City, Iowa 50616 is in charge of local arrangements. Online condolences may be left on the Tribute Wall for the family at

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