June 11, 1940 – January 1, 2021
Margaret Laura Hogenson, resident of San Marcos, CA passed away on Friday, January 1, 2021 (aged 80). Inurnment and graveside services will be at Riverside National Cemetery in California. A memorial service will be scheduled at Covenant Presbyterian Church in Long Beach, CA at a later date.
Margaret was born June 11, 1940, in Devils Lake, ND to Ivan and Mildred (Plummer) Wertenberger. She was lovingly called "Marla" by her family. She grew up in the town of Webster, ND, graduating valedictorian of her high school class of 1958. She obtained a bachelor of science degree in nursing from Jamestown College in Jamestown, ND. She worked as a nurse at New York Columbia Presbyterian Hospital for a few years before uniting in marriage to Clayton Hogenson who was in the Navy at the time. The wedding was held in the Webster Presbyterian Chapel. Margaret and Clayton settled in Southern California and were married for 54 years. They have 4 children: Rebecca (Max) Valdes, Eric Hogenson, Diana (Mike) Blake & Andrew Hogenson and 6 grandchildren: Rebecca Castaneda, Rylee Hogenson, Abigail Hogenson, Olivia Hogenson, Brooklyn Blake and Jackson Blake. She loved time spent with her family, long talks on the phone, playing board and card games, doing crossword puzzles, coloring with her grandkids and baking extra crunchy Christmas cookies for family and friends. She was a voracious reader and loved all books, especially Danielle Steel novels.
Margaret gave so much of herself to her family and friends and through all her years of volunteer work. Her love of nursing and caring for others in their times of need was felt by countless patients over her 40 year career. The 10 years she spent as a hospice nurse were some of the most rewarding and challenging times of her career and it takes a very special person to comfort and care for those at the end of their journey. She was that special person. She also enjoyed teaching nurses aid classes at the community college. Margaret was very active in her church for many years. She volunteered as a women's association officer, an elder, and as the parish nurse for her church for several years. Margaret and Clayton enjoyed going on annual road trips with their family to visit family in Washington, New Mexico and North Dakota. They enjoyed all the adventures and sites along the way. They have fond memories of their many years of camping, picnics and parties with the other families in their Vikings church group. While at their summer home in North Dakota, Margaret was active in the Lake Region Pioneer Daughters and the Harlow VFW Post 757 auxiliary. She was also a docent at the historic Fort Totten military base.
In addition to her husband and children and grandchildren, Margaret is survived by her sister Betty Mascarenas and brother Mark (Linda) Wertenberger and several nieces and nephews. Margaret was preceded in death by her parents and brother Ivan Bruce Wertenberger, in-laws Dutch & Edna Hogenson, Arleigh Hogenson and O.R. Mascarenas.