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“Dave & Dena - You have my family's deepest sympathy!!! Thoughts and prayers being sent your way!! ”
1 of 7 | Posted by: Lorna Pollock - Friend

“As a classmate of Kathy and Dave and Dena, I'm very sorry for your loss. Your mom led a very fulfilling life and I know your family will miss her...Read More »
2 of 7 | Posted by: Deb Arment - Montezuma, IA

“Margaret was a wonderful next-door neighbor to my parents Don, and Germaine during their brief residency at Seeland Park. I enjoyed our brief visits...Read More »
3 of 7 | Posted by: Neal Purdum - Cedar Rapids, IA

“I was so very sorry to hear of Margaret's passing. My sympathy goes out to her family. I had just done Meals On Wheels with her in February, and I...Read More »
4 of 7 | Posted by: Lisa Boyes - Grinnell, IA

“To the family of Margaret Amo. What a wonderful person she was. She was one of the first people at St. John's to make me feel welcome when I first...Read More »
5 of 7 | Posted by: Jo Olson - Grinnell, IA - Friend

“A real shock to see this today... Margaret has been a client of mine for many years. We have laughed together and cried together.. She was a very...Read More »
6 of 7 | Posted by: Stella and Dennis Fleener

“Our prayers and thoughts are with all of Margaret's family. She was the organist at our wedding 50 years ago, and we have so many good memories of...Read More »
7 of 7 | Posted by: Terryy and Lynn Cline - Grinnell, IA


Margaret M. Amo, age 89, of Grinnell, died on Thursday, September 7, 2017, at her home.

A funeral service will be held 10:00 a.m., Saturday, 16, 2017, at St. John's Lutheran Church in Grinnell with Rev. Kathryn Roys officiating. Organist will be Cheryl Irland and vocalist will be Roger and Lisa Henderson. Interment will be in Hazelwood Cemetery in Grinnell. A reception will follow at St. John's Lutheran Church.

Visitation will begin at 2:00 p.m. on Friday at the Smith Funeral Home in Grinnell and her family will greet friends from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. Friday evening.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be designated to the St. John's Lutheran Church, to Lutheran Services of Iowa, or to Lutheran World Relief, PO Box 368, Grinnell, Iowa 50112. Condolences may be shared with her family online at www.smithfh.com.

Margaret Marilyn (Schroeder) Amo was born in Tolley, North Dakota on March 27, 1928 to Henry A. and Huldah (Anderson) Schroeder. She was raised and educated in Tolley, and graduated from Tolley High School in 1946. She graduated with a B.A. degree in music education from Luther College in Decorah, Iowa in 1950.

She taught music and English in Britt, Iowa for two years, where she met her future husband, Marvin D. Amo. They were married in 1952 and moved to Grinnell. Marvin taught English in Grinnell High School and she taught piano for a number of years; then was employed at various businesses in Grinnell. She was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church where she was active in Lydia Circle, WELCA, Monday Bible Study, choir, and was an organist for 53 years. She enjoyed her family, music and sewing for her family, and in later years, making quilts for Lutheran World Relief.

Survivors include her children, David (Dena) Amo of Brooklyn, Iowa, Kathy Amo of Urbandale, Iowa, and Mark (Sara Gaylor) Amo of St. Louis, Missouri; two grandchildren, Alex and Elise Amo; two step-granddaughters; and one step-great grandson. She was preceded in death by her husband in 1999 and a son in infancy.

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