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In Memory of Margaret Capes


September 9, 1947 - July 30, 2020

Margaret Elaine “Marge” Capes, 72, of Cumberland died, July 30, 2020 at Marshfield Medical Center-Marshfield. She was born September 9, 1947 in Durand, WI to Lavern and Mary (Bauer) Schafer.

She attended Chippewa Valley Technical College at Eau Claire. After graduation she took a job for the Minnesota State Department. Marge married Thomas Capes in 1970 and moved to North Dakota. She became the church bookkeeper and secretary for St. Michael Church in Grand Forks. After her divorce, Marge moved back to Cumberland and got a job at WITC at the district office in Shell Lake for 28 years. She was the personal assisent for the nursing and grant writing departments.

Marge loved spending time with her family playing cards and board games, doing nightly crossword puzzles, and painting wooden figures. She did beautiful needle work, and sewed baby clutch balls. Marge enjoyed the TV Land Channel was would watch endless reruns of Gunsmoke and I Love Lucy.

She was an active member of the St. Anthony Church servicing as a Eucharistic minister, Mass assistant, sang in the choir and was co-coordinator, with her sister Ruth, organizing the Catholic Mass at Cumberland Care and Rehab so the residents could attend services. She served on the election board as an election inspector for the city of Cumberland for many years. Marge especially enjoyed the job of delivering election-ballets to the nursing home residents so they could vote.

She is survived by her son, Philip Capes; sister: Ruth Schafer; half sister, Jean Erlewine; step-siblings: Nancy (Charlie) Zappa, Jackie (Terry) Manke, Dick (Cheryl) De Dominces; step-mother, Ella Schafer; and many other family and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents Lavern and Mary Schafer; and sister, Bernice Schafer.

Funeral service details are pending. 

Skinner Funeral Home of Cumberland is serving the family.


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