Margaret C. Salzwedel

Margaret C. Salzwedel, 47, of Lakefield, passed away on Monday, February 1, 2010. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday, February 6, 2010 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Lakefield, beginning at 10:30 a.m., with Father Peter Schuster officiating. Burial will occur at a later date at the Florence City Cemetery in Coolidge, Arizona. A visitation will be held on Friday, February 5, 2010 from 5-8 p.m. at the St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Lakefield, with a rosary beginning at 5 p.m., and on Saturday, one hour prior to the services at the church.

In lieu of flowers memorials are preferred to the family.

Margaret Clara Salzwedel, the daughter of Louie and Helen “Margie” Celaya, was born on October 8, 1962, in Tucson, Arizona. Margaret graduated from Central Arizona College in 1982, and later earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Law Enforcement from Mankato State University. Margaret was united in marriage to Dennis Salzwedel on April 4, 1987 at the Assumption Catholic Church in Florence, Arizona. After marriage the couple moved to Lakefield, Minnesota where Margaret worked for the Jackson and Lakefield Police Departments for over twenty years; serving in a variety of positions. For the last ten years Margaret served as a Police Officer and Criminal Investigator, with a brief stint as Interim Police Chief in Jackson. Margaret also worked for Child Protective Services in Cottonwood County, as she had a passion for keeping children safe. This passion led to the creation of the MAP (Mothers Against Predators) website, which was designed to educate others on safety issues and the dangers in our communities regarding predatory behaviors. Margaret was taken, all too soon, from this world on Monday, February 1, 2010 at the age of forty-seven years, three months, and twenty-four days. Margaret is lovingly described as a, “jack of all trades,” by those who knew her. She was a fun, loving, compassionate, and creative wife, mother, sister, aunt, friend, and colleague. She enjoyed dancing, writing, crafts, and entertaining at her home. Margaret is survived by her husband of twenty-two years, Dennis; her daughter AnnMarie Salzwedel, of Chandler, Arizona; her three sons, Taylor, Ryan and Marcus Salzwedel, all of Lakefield, Minnesota; her parents, Louie and Margie Celaya of Florence, Arizona; her maternal Grandmother Clara Jimenez; her two sisters Rosemary and Dan Alston of Portland, Oregon; Barbara and Tony Gasca of Gilbert, Arizona; her four brothers, Michael and June Celaya of Mesa, Arizona; Larry and Ellen Celaya of Gilbert, Arizona; Phillip and Birdie Celaya of Chandler, Arizona; and Louie and Kim Celaya, of Chandler, Arizona. Other survivors include Margaret’s brothers and sisters-in-law, Carolyn and George Paulson of Windom; Ray and Debbie Salzwedel of Windom; John and Pat Salzwedel of Windom; Tom and Michelle Salzwedel of Lakefield; and LaurieAnn and Alan Frohmader of Coon Rapids as well as thirty-five nieces and nephews. Margaret was preceded in death by her father-in-law and mother-in-law, Raymond and Pearl Salzwedel. Blessed be the memory of Margaret Clara Salzwedel.

15 thoughts on “Margaret C. Salzwedel”

  1. Char Carlson & family says:

    Dennis and family,
    Our thoughts and prayers are with each one of you. We were saddened to hear about Margaret’s death. She was a wonderful person with a great passion for life, her family, and her work. I vividly recall her infectious smile and laughter when she would pick up the boys from daycare. Blessings to all of you.

  2. Sue (Jones) LaMont says:

    I am sorry for your loss – I read it in the Fairmont Sentinel. I haven’t seen you for many years (since the post office convention days, remember?). Margaret sounded like a wonderful person. I lost my husband in March 2008. I can feel your pain. Take care!

  3. Dennis and Family says:

    Dennis I was so saddened by the news of Margaret’s death. I worked with her when she was in Cottonwood County. I so remember the passion we shared of young children being safe and loved. She was a great lady of strength and worked diligently on behalf of young children and I will never forget her or the great work she did for children in our area. May her memory help you get through this rough time. Pat Baloun

  4. Andie Sotomayor says:

    My heart is very saddened to hear about the passing of my Dear childhood Friend. She was my classmate, from Kindee-garten until 4th grade, when I abruptly left town. I’ll never forget her Scarlett O’Hara curly curls, favorite color back then (1967-1971) was pink, or red and/or purple…she was always so properly dressed, yet – She climbed trees and ran with The Foxes, dressed so nice!!! Crazy Margaret. I’m sorry if I’m letting the cat out of the bag after all these years, but She is ever engraved in my memory. And as some people in Florence can attest to, my memory is sharper than a samarai sword. And Blessed Margaret is forever in my heart, my thoughts, and my memory. May her fmaily find peace in knowing she is in Good Hands…….Love, Andie

  5. Brian Ziegler & Brittany says:

    Dennis and Family,

    It has been many years since I saw you and not sure if you remember me but my parents were LeRoy and Georgiann Ziegler. I just wanted to offer my condolences to you and your family. Words, however kind,can’t mend your heartache: but those who care and share your loss, wish you comfort and peace of mind. May you find strength in the love of family,and in the warm embrace of friends. You have our deepest sympathy and know that our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this most difficult time.

  6. Bryan and Lois Eigenberg says:

    Dennis and family, we are so saddened and have such heavy hearts to hear of Margarets death. We will keep you all in our thoughts and prayers.

  7. Jim and Margie Wohlers says:

    Dennis and Family, Our prayers are with you. Words are hard to find when your loss is so tragic. God bless the family of Margaret today and always. Your happy memories of Margaret will help you get through this.

  8. Laura (Gardner)Behrens says:

    Dennis and family,
    My thoughts and prayers are with you. I grew up with Margaret and graduated High School with her. I consider her to be one of my best friends. I will forever cherish all my good memories of her. I lost a great friend and Heaven gained a beautiful angel. May God give you comfort during this difficult time. Blessings to you and your family.

  9. Anna Rasche says:

    Dennis and family; Margaret’s passing is such a tremendous loss. We worked together at Cottonwood County Family Service Agency. She had an appetite for life and a passion to keep children safe which was an inspiration to me. She spoke highly of her love for you Dennis and the great husband she had. It was my pleasure to have known Margaret. You and your family have my deepest sympathy and know that my thoughts and prayers are with you.

  10. Clara and Stan Johnson says:

    So sorry to hear of Margaret’s death. So sad when a young person is no longer with us and she had so much to give to the world. We will keep all of you in our prayers. Stan and Clara Johnson

  11. John & Jennifer Polz says:

    Dennis and family; Margaret’s passing is such a tremendous loss. We worked together at the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department for many years. I had just assisted her and Taylor with fingerprinting kids at Riverside Elementary last spring. She had a zest for life and cared deeply for her profession and she had a great passion to keep children safe which was a inspiration for all of us to try and live up to. It was an honor to work with her and know her. You and your family have our deepest sympathy and know that our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  12. Jodi & Jared Praska says:

    Dennis and family….we are so very saddend of Margaret’s loss. There are no words to take your pain away but the memories you have will live in your hearts forever. You and your family have our deepest sympathy.

  13. Linda Turner, Atlanta, GA says:

    Dennis, Louie, Margie and Family, While I had not seen Margaret in many years, I do remember our years in Florence Elementary and Jr High. I always loved her curly pony tails and wished I had curly hair. She has been taken way too soon and will be very missed! My prayers are with you and the entire Celeya family!

  14. Yliana Jimenez says:

    I love and miss you sweet cousin.

  15. Alison (Schofield) Cameron says:

    Dennis and family, I am deeply saddened by Margaret’s passing. I knew her for many years as she used to work with my father, Andre Schofield. Due to the nasty weather, I was unable to make the drive for the funeral. Please know that I truly admired her and loved spending time with her talking about my family and common conversation pieces. She will truly be missed and I was heartbroken when I heard the news. Be at comfort as she is with God now and he will take good care of her.

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