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Margaret J. Kies, 91, of Jackson died Saturday, Dec. 31, 2011, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau.
She was born April 8, 1920, in Portage, Pa., to Michael and Mary Gerchock Matvy. She married Dr. Vineyard L. Kies on March 23, 1950. He died June 15, 1990.
She was a graduate of St. Louis City Hospital Training School for Nurses in 1942. She served in the Army Nurse Corps in the Southwest Pacific Theater during World War II.
She helped organize and served as the first president of the Suburban Garden Club in Jackson. She was a member of the American Cancer Society, Saint Francis Medical Center Auxiliary, Altenthal-Joerns Post No. 158 American Legion of Jackson, Disabled American Veterans Cape County Chapter No. 16 and VFW Post No. 3838 of Cape Girardeau. She was a member of Immaculate Conception Church and St. Anne's Sodality. While residing at Chateau Girardeau for the last 11 years she had attended Old St. Vincent's Church in Cape Girardeau.
Surviving her are one son, Dr. Richard (Becky) Kies of Cape Girardeau; two daughters, Jane Kies of Seattle, Wash., and Judy (Dave) Junk of Lenexa, Kan.; five grandchildren, Alex Kies, Jake Waller, Josh Waller, Hilary Junk and Elizabeth Junk.
She was preceded in death by her husband; two brothers, Mike Matvy of Scott City and Joseph Matvy of Detroit, Mich.; three sisters, Ann Thompson and Helen Ponico, both of New Rochelle, N.Y., and Marion Matvy of Ebensburg, Pa.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Cracraft-Miller Funeral Home in Jackson. A rosary will be prayed at 6:30 p.m. followed by an American Legion Honor Guard Service at 7 p.m.
The funeral will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday at Immaculate Conception Church in Jackson, with the Rev. John Harth officiating.
Burial will be in Russell Heights Cemetery in Jackson with full military honors.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or to Saint Francis Medical Center.