Lake Country lost one of its most civic-minded citizens on May 11, 2018, with the passing of Margaret Huddleston Zerwekh at age 98.
A resident of Delafield for 51 years, Margaret was an avid historian of the local area, in large part due to her ownership of the historic mill site at the south end of Mill Road, and she served as a valuable resource to city government over many years. Her civic work also took her to the White House in November of 2014, where she was feted by President Obama for her 25-year quest to successfully convince Congress to pass legislation authorizing award of the only posthumous Medal of Honor to a Civil War veteran, Army First Lt. Alonzo H. Cushing of Delafield. Cushing’s father once owned the mill site on which Margaret lived.
Margaret was born on Feb 7, 1920, in Wabasha MN, and received much of her college education in Wisconsin, attending Northland College, in Ashland, WI, for three years. In the summers, she worked as a Med-Tech at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. During World War II, Margaret left college and worked as a Medical Technician for 3 years, treating wounded POW’s, at Hillfield Hospital in Ogden, UT, where she met her husband, Clark Edward Rott. The Rott’s moved to Washington State, and Margaret finished her undergraduate studies at the University of Washington, earning a B.S. in Biology and Anthropology. While living in Suquamish, and later in Sandy Hook, WA, Margaret greatly enjoyed sailing
In 1963, Margaret moved back to Wisconsin and began to pursue graduate studies at UW Madison; then she relocated to New York City for 3 years, continuing her post-graduate study there, at Columbia University. Following her time in New York, she moved back to Wisconsin in 1967, settling in Delafield at the “old mill” property with her second husband, Kenneth, for the remainder of her life.
Margaret is survived by her beloved daughter, Sally Weber, Delafield, and grandson, Henry Maxwell Weber, of Parshall, CO. She is predeceased by her other daughter, Catherine Rott Brown, as well as her first husband, Clark E. Rott, and her second husband, Kenneth Zerwekh.
A Memorial Service to celebrate and honor Margaret’s life will be held on Wednesday, May 30, 2018, at St. Michael’s Anglican Church, located at 612 Milwaukee St., in Delafield, WI. A time for visiting will begin at 3:00 p.m., and the memorial service will begin at 4:00 p.m. Following the service, a reception with light refreshments will be held at St. Michael’s.