Margaret ‘Peggy” Koktavy


Margaret (Peggy) Koktavy, 79, of Park Rapids, MN died unexpectedly on Tuesday December 17, 2019 at Sanford Hospital in Fargo, ND surrounded by her husband and children.

Born July 16th 1940 in Fargo, ND to Bert G. and Florence B. (Derbort) Jones.  Peggy was one of 6 kids.  Through her childhood they lived in various locations before settling in Fargo, ND.  Peggy lived in Fargo until 21 years of age.  Peggy married in 1958 and had 7 children.  Over the years, the family moved from Fargo, ND to Rochester, MN, and then Farmington, MN where she divorced, then moving to Apple Valley MN.  On March 7th 1977, she married Marvin F. Koktavy in Millbank South Dakota and together raised Peggy’s children.  Later, Peggy and Marv moved to and settled in Park Rapids, MN.   While living in Park Rapids, 2 of their grandchildren; Mikey and Joel came to live with them, later graduating from Nevis high school.

Peggy worked hard and enjoyed life.  After raising her children, she went back to school, got her GED and received training in data entry when computers were just beginning.  She worked at the Minnesota Zoo at the Dairy Queen as well as a security guard at Burnsville Center, both jobs working with her daughter.   On moving to Park Rapids, they joined Our Lady of Pines Catholic Church in Nevis where she became friends with and really enjoyed Sister Marguerite Morrison and doing ministry for the homebound.   With her marriage to Marv, she also became secretary/treasurer of Koktavy Trucking, assisting with aspects of the business.  When she moved to Park Rapids, Peggy enjoyed working at the A&W for about 3 years before focusing on her work with Koktavy Trucking which she did until her passing.   Peggy loved her pets, painting ceramics, cross stitch, embroidery and crocheting.   Her happiest times spent with her children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, family and friends. 

Peggy is survived by her husband, Marv;  her children Colleen Jay-Johnson (Terry), Mike Jay, Pat Jay (Lori), Shannon Jay (Cathy), Brian Jay (Becky), Brendan Jay (Jackie), and Terry Jay; hers sisters Irene R.(Jones) Lien(Clarence), Jan M. (Jones) Timmerman, her brother Robert R. Jones and her Grandchildren and Great Grandchildren.

Peggy is preceded in death by her parents Bert and Florence Jones and her father and mother-in-law Joseph and Agnes Koktavy; sisters, Mary C. (Jones) Marshall, Zita A (Jones) Nolan, Brother in Laws Tom Nolan and Dan Timmerman.  Sister in Law Marilyn J. (Hunt) Jones, Niece Erin Lien, Nephew Joey Koktavy.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held 11 AM Monday December 23, 2019 at the Church of the Annunciation, 4996 Hazelwood Ave., Northfield with visitation on Sunday (12/22) from 3-5 PM at the White Funeral Home in Lonsdale, MN (507-744-2368) and 1 hr prior to Mass at CHURCH. Interment, Church Cemetery.

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