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Margaret 'Peg' A. Harders

June 22, 1964 — December 2, 2020

Margaret A. ‘Peg’ Harders, 56, of Grand Island, died Wednesday, December 2, 2020, at her home surrounded by her loving family.

Funeral services will be at 10:30 AM Monday, December 7th at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in Grand Island. The Rev. Martin L. Egging will officiate. Burial will be held in the Westlawn Memorial Park Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 3:00 PM on Sunday, December 6th and conclude with a 6:00 PM private vigil service at the Apfel Funeral Home in Grand Island. Masks and social distancing practices will be required for both the funeral service at the church and visitation at Apfel Funeral Home.

Margaret Ann ‘Peg’ Harders was born June 22, 1964, at McCook, NE, to Verle K. and Cecilia (Otter) Knepper. She grew up in McCook. Peg attended St. Patrick’s Catholic School for her elementary years and graduated from McCook High School in 1982. She continued her education at McCook Community College where she earned an Associate’s Degree, then went on to further her education at Kearney State College, receiving a Bachelor’s Degree in Business in 1986.

Peg worked for the Pizza Hut in Central City and later moved to Grand Island to manage the Webb Road location, for Staab Management Company.

She married Dale Harders on August 30, 1991, at Blessed Sacrament Church. The couple made their home in Grand Island.

After working 10 years for Pizza Hut & Staab Management, she then went to work for Midland Molding. At this company, Peg held various management positions for 14 years. After leaving Midland Molding, she worked as an administrative assistant at the Platte Generating Station in Grand Island for 5 years, retiring in January of 2018.

Peg was an active member of Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church. She served as chairperson for Karnival Kapers at Grand Island Central Catholic and the Newell School PTA Fun Fest for several years. Peg was also an active participate in many Relay for Life events.

She was affectionately known as the “Costume Lady” at the Dance Company, as she used her sewing skills to make, alter and mend costumes for the dancers. She was a “crafty” lady. Many times, she could be seen knitting or crocheting at some sort of sporting event, always supporting her children while keeping her hands busy. Several people have received a handmade card from her, this extra effort just shows how much she cared for others.

She is survived by her husband, Dale Harders; daughter, Emily Harders; son, Andrew Harders all of Grand Island; her mother, Cecilia Knepper of McCook, NE; her mother-in-law, Charlotte Harders of Grand Island, NE; five sisters and brothers-in-law, Julie and Jim Patterson of Conde, SD, Patricia Knepper of Eaton, CO, Nancy and Kynan Trail of Yankton, SD, Linda Gerih of Minden, NE, and Angela and Mike Mason of Doniphan, NE; many member of the Harders family and numerous nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.

She was preceded in death by her father, Verle Knepper; infant son Adam Harders; her father-in-law Francis Harders and her paternal and maternal grandparents.

Memorials are suggested to: The Grace Foundation or American Cancer Society.

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Service Schedule

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Sunday, December 6, 2020

3:00 - 6:00 pm (Central time)

Apfel Funeral Home - Grand Island

1123 West 2nd Street, Grand Island, NE 68801

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Monday, December 7, 2020

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Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church

518 West State Street, Grand Island, NE 68801

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