November 1, 1915 - December 23, 2015


Mass of Christian Burial will be on Wednesday, December 30, 2015 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in St. Joseph for Marguerite E. Hewitt, age 100, of Cold Spring and formerly of St. Joseph, who passed away on Wednesday, December 23, 2015 at her home. Reverend Eberhard Schefers will officiate. Burial will be in Assumption Cemetery.

Family and friends may call from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday and after 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday, all at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church Heritage Hall in St. Joseph. Parish prayers will be at 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday at the church. Arrangements are with Daniel Funeral Home, St. Joseph.

Marguerite was born November 1, 1915 in Foley, MN to Estelle (Willing) and John Edward Kasner. She married Manford "Duke" Hewitt on March 25, 1940 in St. Cloud. She has been a member of the Church of St. Joseph for the last 37 years. Marguerite attended the College of St. Benedict and then transferred to the St. Cloud Teachers College where she earned her B. E. in 1939. She worked in the College library and later in the city library in St. Paul and St. Cloud.

The Hewitt family previously lived in St. Paul. Marguerite served as board member for the Archdiocesan Council of Catholic Women, a Lector for her parish Church and a reader for the MN Services for the Blind. She continued her services as Lector at the Church of St. Joseph and reading for the Blind for the St. Cloud Visitor, the St. Cloud RSVP Radio for the Blind and the RSVP program for St. Benedict's Monastery. Under the RSVP program she also read for many of the programs of the St. Cloud School District, including the MN Educational Cooperative Service Unit, MN Academic Excellence Foundation and Disability programs. She contributed to her parish school as a part of the Great Books Foundation. She was a participant with the Whitney Variety Troopers, the Women's Pool Club and the Whitney Tappers. Home activities included her researching and recording family histories for both the Kasner and Hewitt families, knitting afghans, and writing letters.

Marguerite is survived by her children, G. Michael Hewitt, Captain, U.S. Navy (Ret) and wife Lynda of Noank, CT; Dianne (Vincent) DeVargas of St. Joseph; James P. (MaryJo) Hewitt of Burnsville; grandchildren, Heather (Rodney) Denman, James M. ( Maury) Hewitt, Paul D. DeVargas, John M. (Lara) DeVargas, Evan (Christopher) Cohoe, David V. DeVargas, Michael J. (Danielle) Hewitt, Daniel J. DeVargas, Amanda Hewitt and Allison (Daniel) Johnson; 15 great grandchildren; sisters, Lucille Pettijohn of Grand Marais, Dorothy Chamberlain, Faribault, and Mary Ellen Dietman of St. Cloud, other nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her loving husband, “Duke” in 2011, her parents and brother, Edward.