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Margit Cristal Kjeldbjerg , Age: 84
February 16, 1936 -- January 10, 2021

Margit Cristal Kjeldbjerg (nee Diget), 84 of Chicago, Illinois—cherished wife, mother, and grandmother—passed away on January 10 at the Danish Home of Chicago.

Margit was born February 16, 1936 in Skagen, Denmark, the daughter of Meta and Marinus Diget. She was very proud of her father’s career as a fisherman and volunteer on a rescue boat. She is survived by her husband of 58 years, Paul Kjeldbjerg, her three children, Danny (Wendy) Kjeldbjerg, Annette (Doug) Barndt, and Alan (Melissa) Kjeldbjerg, her ten grandchildren, and her sister, Linda Sørensen.

She had an adventurous spirit: she worked around the world for Danish ambassadors and their families, first in Helsinki, Finland, then in Stockholm, Sweden. In 1960, she boarded a boat to the United States to work for the Danish Consulate in Chicago, Illinois.

Margit met her husband, Paul Kjeldbjerg, at the Danish American Athletic Club (DAAC) of Chicago. They were married for 58 years and celebrated their 50th anniversary polka dancing with many friends and family. She is survived by her three children, Danny Kjeldbjerg, Annette Barndt, and Alan Kjeldbjerg; her three loving son- and daughters-in-law, Wendy, Doug, and Melissa; and ten grandchildren, Hanna, Laina, Elly, Henrik, Karsten, Anya, Jakob, Grace, Beck, and Erik.

She used her skill as a cook to show her love, and her loved ones have fond memories of chorusing “tak for mad!” for family dinners and elaborate holiday celebrations with homemade Danish recipes, including leverpostej, frikkadeller, and rødgrød med fløde. They loved dancing around the Christmas tree (and around the house singing “Nu er det jul igen!”) and finding the lucky almond in the risalamande. Her favorite apron said “Skinny Danish Cooks Can’t Be Trusted.”

Margit’s green thumb bloomed at the Prospect Heights Garden Club and as the co-founder of the family business, Poul’s Landscaping & Nursery, Inc. She volunteered at the DAAC and the Danish Home of Chicago for decades and sang in the Earl’s Pearls choir. She was an award-winning Avon saleswoman for seventeen years, but her most-treasured title was Mormor and Bedstemor to her grandkids. She is remembered by her many works of art—paintings, needlepoints, handmade clothing, knitted sweaters, and crocheted blankets—and shelves of family photo albums.

  In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Danish Home of Chicago. A memorial service will be planned for a future date.  

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