November 17, 2004 by

Peg Linstroth

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For over 60 years, Margaret “Peg” Linstroth’s face has adorned millions of pasta boxes.
Her father, James T. Williams, bought a Minneapolis macaroni manufacturer in 1908. Four years later, he invented the first quick cooking elbow macaroni and patented the name Creamette. Williams printed a cartoon of his daughter Peg wearing a white hat with a big red bow on the company’s boxes of elbow macaroni and spaghetti. She became known as the “Creamettes Girl,” and her childhood image still appears on store shelves today.
Linstroth earned a bachelor’s degree from the College of St. Catherine in St. Paul, Minn., and served as a member of The Creamette Macaroni Co. board of directors until the company was sold to the Borden Foods Corp. in 1979. Although she was primarily a homemaker, Linstroth tripled the value of the J.T. Williams Family Trust.
Linstroth died on Nov. 14 at the age of 89. She is survived by her six children, 18 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

One Response to Peg Linstroth

  1. Stephen Rocheford

    I saw her on her last birthday at the Club in Edina. I knew i was saying goodbye to my godmother for the last time. I brought my mother over to see her best friend since 1934. Peg was Kathryn Rocheford’s big sister at St Catherine’s College when they met in August 1934. Mother had fond stories of their escapades during college together. Mother said that not a day went by that they did not speak together on the phone until the last few years when they both got ill. Mother missed her friend greatly and noted that Peg was the second to the last to go of the Friday night bridge club of the Linstroths, Laughlins, and the Rochefords. Mother rejoined Peg on April 2, 2006. They’re all playing bridge again.

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