STOUGHTON -

Margaret S. Hougan, age 86, of Pleasant Springs Township, died peacefully on Sunday, December 22, 2013 at St. Mary's Hospital in Madison, WI.

Margaret was born on July 26, 1927 in Albany, Wisconsin, the daughter of Earnest and Martha (Wuithrich) Rothen. After graduating from Stoughton High School in June of 1945 Margaret attended Luther College in Decorah Iowa for two years and then received her nurses training at Lutheran Deaconess Hospital in Chicago, IL graduating in 1951. On July 12, 1952 Margaret married Oris O. Hougan at the Cooksville Lutheran Church in Cooksville, WI. After their wedding, Oris and Margaret lived and worked on their family farm in Pleasant Springs Township in rural Stoughton until her death. In 1967, Margaret began her work as a Registered Nurse at the Stoughton Community Hospital working the midnight shift in the emergency room until her retirement in 1988.

During her life, Margaret was a loving wife of 61 years to Oris and a loving, supportive and proud mother of 11 children, 23 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren. She was an avid reader and fan of all Wisconsin sports teams and enjoyed spirited conversations about all the topics of the day. She will be greatly missed by all her family and friends.

Margaret Hougan is survived by her husband, Oris and 11 children; Joni (David) Brown of Harbor Springs, MI; Connie (Jim) Davis of Tacoma, WA; Tom (Shari) Hougan of Richland Center, WI; Steve Hougan of Stoughton; Laurie (Terry) Culbertson of Marietta, GA; Ann (Dean) Swain of Owensboro, KY; Lucy (Bob) Rinehart of Kennewick, WA; Joe (Cheryl) of Stoughton; Mike (Pili) Hougan of Stoughton; Scott Hougan of Stoughton and Sue (Ed) Dondlinger of Waunakee, WI and two sisters Alice (Ray) White of Menomonee Falls, WI and Betty Dabson of Milton, WI.

She was preceded in death by her parents and two brothers, Edwin and Herman Rothen.

A funeral Service led by Rev. Richard Dowling will be held at 11:30am on Friday, December 27, 2013 at the Olson-Cress Funeral Home, 206 West Prospect Street, Stoughton. A private burial will follow at a later date. Visitation for friends and extended family will be on Thursday, December 26, 2013 from 4pm until 8pm and 11:00 am until the time of service on Friday at the funeral home.