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Margaret Agnes Westendorf

Thousand Oaks, CA

Margaret Agnes Westendorf was born in Dyersville, Iowa on October 9, 1930. She passed away peacefully at her home in Thousand Oaks California on April 27, 2018 at the age of 87, surrounded by her many children and grandchildren. Margaret was a strong and independent woman. Her parents, Bernard and Florence Beckman raised Margaret, her sister Mary Beckman Frey, and brothers Joseph and Bernard "Buzz" Beckman on a working farm. This instilled an incredible work ethic that allowed Margaret to support her family through good times and bad.

In a bold move for a young single woman in the early 1950's Margaret relocated from Iowa to sunny California on her own. She was followed later by her then boyfriend Donald Westendorf. The two were soon married and lived in Encino, CA. After a brief stint in Santa Maria, the family settled in Thousand Oaks in 1959. Margaret gave birth to eight children over 13 years. In addition to raising her family, Margaret always held a job outside the home. From child daycare and selling Sandak sandals, to working nights as a typesetter at the local newspaper. In the 1970's she built a full-time career in the medical field processing insurance claims for several medical practices in the Conejo Valley. After her divorce from Don, Margaret became an entrepreneur and launched a very successful medical transcription business. She was highly regarded for her expertise and much sought after in her field. In fact, her attempts at retirement were delayed for years due to pleadings from doctors who knew they could never replace her.

Margaret loved to laugh. She was always eager to hear or tell a new clever joke - especially if it involved doctors. Her humor was mostly buttoned up, making her occasional racy joke all the more hilarious. She was an avid and active square dancer for more than 20 years. As president of her local Bachelors' and Bachelorettes' club she organized their prize-winning floats for Conejo Valley Days, planned annual New Year's Eve events, and traveled frequently to square dance gatherings throughout the west.

Margaret's eight grandchildren and four great-grandchildren were a constant source of joy, happiness, and pride. She looked forward to their frequent visits and kept up with their successes and challenges. The walls and shelves of Margaret's home hold hundreds of photos-reminders of all the important and not so important moments in her grandkids' lives.

Baseball season was a highlight of the year for Margaret. She was a devoted Dodgers fan and rarely missed a broadcast game. Their wins gave her great satisfaction and their losses made her hopeful for the next game. She would often watch games in her Dodgers uniform shirt, staying cozy with her Dodgers throw blanket. She truly loved Vin Scully and followed his career and writing closely. She had a Vin bobble head on her dresser and kept a scrapbook of all his newspaper columns. Watching dodger games with her family was a real pleasure for Margaret and one of the great joys she got to experience until the very end of her life.

Margaret is survived by her eight children, Bill, Gary, Greg, David, Theresa, Becky, Kat, and Matt, as well as eight grandchildren and four great grandchildren.

Rosary will be held at 7:00 p.m., Wednesday, May 9 at St. Paschal Baylon Catholic Church, 155 E. Janss Rd., Thousand Oaks. Memorial Mass will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m., Thursday, May 10, also at St. Paschal Baylon. In lieu of flowers the family suggests donations to Catholic Charities of Ventura County - http://www.catholiccharitiesvc.org/.

 
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