Margaret Emma Schuft, age 94, of Glencoe, passed away on Monday, Feb. 21, 2011, at Glencoe Regional Health Services Long Term Care in Glencoe. Funeral services were Thurs., Feb. 24, 2011, at First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Glencoe with interment in the church cemetery. The Rev. Ronald Mathison officiated.
Margaret Emma Schultz was born on Nov. 16, 1916, in Acoma Township. She was the son of William and Bertha (Tews) Schultz. Margaret was baptized as an infant on December 31, 1916, by the Rev. J. Albrecht with sponsors Emma Tews and Walter Plaman and later confirmed her baptismal vows on May 25, 1930, by Rev. W. J. Voight both at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Acoma Township. She received her education at Immanuel Lutheran Church School. This educational background was her strength for life, which she instilled in her family. This background maintained her permanent goal; to receive the Crown of Glory.
On April 17, 1940, Margaret was united in marriage to Ervy Schuft by Rev. W. J. Voight also at Immanuel Lutheran Church. The couple began their marriage and farming careers on a farm 10 miles south of Glencoe, Minnesota. They were blessed with three sons; Gordon, who passed away in infancy, Gary and Ronny. Margaret and Ervy enjoyed the friendship and working relationship of the Elroy Diehn family, the Herman Trocke family and the John Paulman family, who were surrounding neighbors. During their farming career, Margaret and Ervy received appreciated help from Ervy’s younger siblings, who would reside with them on short occasions. In 1948, Margaret and Ervy moved to their permanent farm site six miles south of Glencoe. In April of 1965, the farm site was devastated by a tornado; they were able to persevere with the help of the Lord and many relatives and friends.
On November 13, 1973, Margaret’s husband and farming partner passed away. She continued on with the farming operation with her son Ronny.
Margaret enjoyed visiting with her grandchildren and great grandchildren. She always looked forward to attending church services, and also attending and working with the Ladies Aid; especially visiting the shut-ins and delivering the church bulletins. Margaret enjoyed gardening, maintaining the appearance of the farm site, sewing, cooking and visiting with relatives and friends.
Margaret is survived by her children, Gary Schuft and his wife, Gloria, of North Mankato, Ronny Schuft and his wife, Glenda, of Glencoe; grandchildren, Kristen Fischer and her husband, Brian, of Minneapolis, Kandace Schuft and her special friend, George Konstantinides, of Minneapolis, Mary Kay Mages and her husband, Gregg, of Sleepy Eye, Robert Schuft and his wife, Gina, of Arlington, Marvin Schuft of Gaylord; great-grandchildren, Grace, Adam and Anna Mages, Margaret “Maggie” and Grady Schuft; sister, Louise Rannow of Hutchinson; sisters-in-law, Dorothy Schultz of Hutchinson, Irene Eickschen of Green Isle, Elva Schuft of Hutchinson Rosella Miller of Glencoe, Evelyn Luke of Excelsior, Donna Schuft of Buffalo; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Margaret is preceded in death by her husband, Ervy; son, Gordon; granddaughter, Kimberly Schuft; parents, William and Bertha Schultz, father and mother-in-law, Otto and Ida (Schauer) Schuft; sisters, Martha Beckstrand (Ernest), Emma Beckstrand (Archie), Edna Wegner (Helmuth); brothers Henry Schultz (Emma) Herman Schultz, William Schultz (Helen), Walter Schultz; sisters-in-law, Esther Habeck (Ervin), brothers-in-law William Rannow, Arnold Schuft, Rutherford Schuft (Virginia), Hillard Schuft (Mildred), Alford Schuft, Orland Schuft, Harold Schuft, Art Eickschen, Laymond Miller, Arden Luke.