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Ikea founder mourns death of his wife

Rebecca Martin · 13 Dec 2011, 10:02

Published: 13 Dec 2011 10:02 GMT+01:00

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”She has passed a way after a time of serious illness,” said Ikea spokeswoman Josefin Thorell, to daily Aftonbladet.

Margaretha was the love of Ingvar Kamprad's life and they had three sons together. According to daily Dagens Nyheter (DN) the couple met when she was 20 and he was 35.

During their first married years, they lived in southern Sweden, and have since lived in Denmark and in Switzerland.

It was Margaretha's sacrifices that made Kamprad's dreams of Ikea possible, he said in a longer interview with Aftonbladet from 2003.

”But I, on the other hand have abused her, she has always had to come second or third in my priorities. I'd be away from my bed 200 days out of a year. And she more or less had to give up on her career, she used to be a teacher. I think sometime she has been plagued by idleness,” Kamprad said at the time.

Although Kamprad told the paper about his wife's sacrifices and support, she always refused to see herself as a victim of the Ikea phenomenon.

According to Aftonbladet she refused to be made into a dinner companion and chose not to attend representative dinners or other Ikea functions.

”I don't attend everything, but I attend everything that sounds amusing,” she said in an interview with regional daily Smålandsposten in 2007.

Despite this, Margaretha Kamprad-Stennert was active in the Ikea concern, although she stayed out of the limelight.

She was a board member of the of the Ikea owners' foundation Stichting Ingka Foundation, as well as the charity foundation Stichting Ikea foundation.

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According to the Aftonbladet, Ikea staff were informed of her death yesterday.

”The family ask to be allowed to honour her memory in private,” said Thorell to the paper.

Rebecca Martin (rebecca.martin@thelocal.se)

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11:10 December 13, 2011 by swenrika
My condolences. I like this one "I attend everything that sounds amusing" sounds like she was a fun person.

And now to the Local.... "She has passed a way" do you spot the error ? should be "away" as it stands "she passed .. a... way" would mean she produced...., well normally a doctor would say somebody is passing water or something as in "he is passing water".
14:17 December 13, 2011 by Jes
Another sad reminder that death is the greatest equalizer .

Now I wonder if her husband will begin missing her now that she is no longer here . It seems to me that money was his first love.

Peace to her !
08:28 February 11, 2013 by Beebeekis
"We can never judge the lives of others, because each person knows only their own pain and renunciation."

Like bob Marley says: "Who are you to judge the life I live?

I know I'm not perfect

-and I don't live to be-

but before you start pointing fingers...

make sure you hands are clean!"

Of course he misses her..........
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