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.