Margaret Primus


Margaret Emma (Vieck) Primus, 101, of rural Martinsburg, MO, died June 22, 2023 at her home surrounded by her family. She was a kind and wonderful person who will be greatly missed.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:00 A.M., Monday, June 26, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Martinsburg with Father Philip Kane officiating. Burial will follow at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Jon Primus, Tyler Mays, Gary Wilburn, Kevin Kleinsorge, Josh Korte and Brad Gannon.

Visitation will be from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M. on Sunday, June 25, at the church with a Rosary at 4:45 P.M. Arnold Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

Margaret was born November 2, 1921, near St. Thomas, Indiana, to George and Sophia (Hess) Vieck. On July 16, 1941, she married Paul Herman Primus at St. Thomas Catholic Church. The couple farmed near Hazleton, Indiana, before moving their family to Missouri in 1958, buying a farm near Benton City.

Margaret had a long life that was well lived. Raised during the Great Depression, she survived polio at a young age. She and Paul were married for nearly 40 years before his death in 1981, and together they raised eight children. She was a devoted caregiver to her son Eddie throughout his life. She was a devout Catholic, a 65-year member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church and a former member of the Ladies Sodality. She always had a pie or two ready for every meal, sold eggs to buy groceries, sewed many of the family’s clothes, and had a large flower and vegetable garden. She had a love of learning and read several magazines and newspapers each week. She loved to mow her yard and kept it immaculate. She made the best noodles.

Margaret is survived by seven of her eight children: Paul and Elizabeth Primus of Williamsburg; Richard and Sandra Primus of Martinsburg; Peggy and Dale Wilburn of Martinsburg; Barb Welschmeyer of Wellsville; Mary Jo and Rich Kleinsorge of Middletown; Rose and Michael Korte of St. Joseph; and Cathy and Greg Gannon of DeWitt, Iowa; 21 grandchildren: Paula and Jim Cunningham of Columbia; Stacey and Tracey Hoffman of Leawood, KS; Jon Primus of Columbia; Tina and Dave Schmeling of Martinsburg; Kim and Harold Willhelm of Martinsburg; Michelle and Darren Hombs of Martinsburg; Debbie and Aaron Gottsch of O’Fallon; Gary and Leah Wilburn of Wildwood; Katy and Chris Korte of Kirksville; Kris Welschmeyer of Columbia; Abby Lynn of Wellsville; Anna and Chad Powell of Montgomery City; Kevin and Jennifer Kleinsorge of Overland Park, KS; Dan and Jamie Kleinsorge of Holts Summit; Josh and Lindsay Korte of Holts Summit; Angela and Josh Linville of Platte City; Sarah and Alex Murray of St. Joseph; Matt Korte and Sarah Guenat of Waco, TX; Hannah and Luke Linnenbringer of Auxvasse; Colleen Gannon and Jonathan Barickman of Denver, CO; and Brad Gannon and Morgan Van Staalduine of Peoria, IL; 46 great-grandchildren: Lindsey Hudson (Miguel); Sophie Cunningham; Grant and Gavin Hoffman; Mary and Maggie Primus; Kayla Schmeling; Megan Vomund (Braden); Tyler Mays (Teddie); Leah Mays and Brett May; Adam, Eric, and Emma Hombs; Madison and Katelyn Gottsch; Jane and Reid Wilburn; Zoe, Isaiah and Eleisa Korte; Silas, Alva and Jasper Powell; Cameron and William Kleinsorge; Stella Kleinsorge; Heidi, Michael, Hendrik, Brigitta, Paul, Karl, Isabella, Nikolaus and Johann Korte; Zach and Tim Linville; Simon, Gabriel, Clara, Thomas, James and Joseph Murray; Edward, John Paul and Teresa Linnenbringer; and two great-great-grandchildren: Colt and Nova Kinard.

She was preceded in death by her parents; son, Eddie Primus; son-in-law, Jim Welschmeyer; two brothers, Louis Vieck (Creba) and Francis Vieck (Marilyn); two sisters, Pauline Carie (“Bud”) and Bernadine Richardville (Jack); and brothers- and sisters-in-law, Clarence Primus (Becky); Mary Frey ("Butch"); Irene Primus; Rosella Lankford (John); and Jean Glass (Jack). 

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to Handi Shop, Inc., 508 E. Liberty St., Mexico, MO 65265.