|Margaret Kistler, 101, of Harvard passed away Friday, April 6, 2018, at Harvard
Mercy Care Center. She was born July 13, 1916, to Albert Pihl and Alice Olson
She graduated from Harvard Community High School June, 1933. Her career
started as a stenographer at J.L. Clark, a metal lithography company in Rockford,
Illinois where she met and married Delno B. Kistler on November 25, 1939. In
1944 they established Shoppers Service, a printing, letter shop and free-
circulation shoppers’ guide at 105 W. Diggins Street in Harvard. The business
was sold to Northwest Herald in 1977.
She was a faithful, lifetime member of the Harvard United Methodist Church; she
loved singing in the choir and being part of the bell choir and was a member of
United Methodist Women and Philathea Clubs. She was also a member of the
Harvard Order of Eastern Star serving as Worthy Matron. She had a love of music
ad was a longtime subscriber and founding charter member of the Lyric Opera of
Chicago, Lake Geneva Chaper. Margaret was instrumental in commemorating
many historic homes in Harvard through her involvement with McHenry County
Historical Society, including her parents’ home at 600 Hart Blvd. in Harvard, IL.
She was a skilled quilter who enjoyed memberships with Harvard Village Quilter
and McHenry County Homemakers.
At the age of 90 she was honored as the Grand Marshall of the Harvard Milk Day
Parade in June 2006, she was also the founder of the Milk Day Princess/Prince
Contest in the early 1950’s.
Margaret was well known for her impressive world travels throughout: Russia,
China, India, Germany, Great Britain, Spain, Switzerland, Canada, Italy, Peru, The
Holy Land, and many sights of interest in the U.S.
She is survived by her two daughters, Helen Kistler of Brooklyn, NY and Alice
Kistler Comer of Harvard, IL; four nieces and nephews: John (Jennifer) Pihl, Mary
Alice (Jim) Robison, Joan (Bernie) Remic and Ray Pihl; as well as several grand
and great-grand nieces and nephews, plus relatives from Rockford, Ottawa and
Monroe Center, IL.
A memorial gathering will be held from 9:30 a.m. until time of service at 10:30 a.m.
Saturday, April 28, 2018, at the First United Methodist Church, 1100 N. Division
St. Harvard, IL 60333; with Pastor Eric Blachford officiating. A lunch-in will follow
at the church.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the First United Methodist
Family and friends may sign the online guest book at www.saundersmcfarlin.net.
For more information call Saunders & McFarlin Funeral Home at 815-943-5400