Margaret I. Buckentin, age 82, of Hamburg, passed away Friday, Jan. 26, 2018, at the Waconia Good Samaritan Center.
Her funeral service will take place Friday, Feb. 2 at 11 a.m. at Emanuel Lutheran Church (18175 CR 50) in Hamburg; with interment at Emanuel Lutheran Cemetery.
There was visitation Thursday, Feb. from 4 to 8 p.m. at the church, and continuing Friday one hour prior to the service.
Casket bearers are Amanda Finnerty, Jason Buckentin, Ryan Mesenbring, Anthony Voigt, Justin Buckentin, and Tyler Zajicek.
Arrangements are with the Johnson Funeral Home in Waconia;. www.johnsonfh.com.
Margaret was born Sept. 16, 1935, in Camden Township, Carver County, the daughter of Herman and Erna (Froh) Brelje. She was baptized Oct. 13, 1935, at St. Mark Lutheran Church in New Germany by the Rev. Theo Rolf; and confirmed April 10, 1949, at the same church by the Rev. Fred Pfotenhauer.
Margaret was united in marriage to Erwin O. Buckentin May 21, 1952, at Emanuel Lutheran Church in Hamburg.
A loving mom, grandma, and great-grandmother, Margaret was very proud of raising her nine children. Some of her hobbies included: gardening, sewing, and canning vegetables especially her pickles, which she was well known for.
Margaret truly enjoyed family gatherings, and especially liked seeing her grandchildren participate in the many activities they were involved in. She loved talking on the phone with family and friends many hours a day.
As a faithful member of Emanuel Lutheran Church in Hamburg, Margaret was a member of Lutheran Women’s Missionary League, Bible study, choir, and Silver Seniors.
She was an Avon representative for a number of years, and also worked at the Young America Corporation.
Margaret was preceded in death by her husband, Erwin; sons Leon and Kerry Buckentin; parents Herman and Erna Brejle; father-in-law and mother-in-law Otto and Wilhelmina Buckentin; and sisters and brothers-in-law Audrey and Leila Brejle, Clarice and Ralph Stender, Mildred and Arnold Thalmann, Rueben Brejle, Marcille Brejle, and Viola and Elton Stenzel.
She is survived by her loving family: children Michael (Karen) Buckentin of Hamburg, Carmen (Dan) Mesenbring of Norwood Young America, Cherry (Elvis) Voigt of Arlington, Kevin (Sherrie) Buckentin of Glencoe, Steven Buckentin and special friend Lorri Gales, Connie Buckentin, and Christie Zajicek, all of Hamburg; and daughter-in-law Jill Buckentin of Hamburg.
Margaret is further survived by 19 grandchildren: Amanda (Ryan) Finnerty, Brandon (Annette) Buckentin, Jennifer (Ryan) MacKay, Jason Buckentin, Ryan (Angela) Mesenbring, Melissa (Troy) Johnson, Nicole (Jamey) Hecksel, Stephanie St. John and special friend Jeremy Schauer, Anthony (Megan) Voigt, Heidi (Brandon) Hahn, Mindy (Michael) Grimm, Justin (Amy) Buckentin, April (Dean) Kamps, Kassie (Jeff) Arndt, Ashley (Andy) Dammann, Brittany Buckentin, Tyler Zajicek, Courtney Zajicek and special friend Colton Butler, Torey Zajicek; great-grandchildren Taylor and Payton Finnerty, Evan and Jake Buckentin, Allyn and Evelyn MacKay, Kayla and Dylan Mesenbring, Emma and Emily Hecksel, Brennen, Trevor and Gracie St. John, Josephine, Eleanor and Adeline Voigt, William and Julia Hahn, Hailey, Lacey, Callie and Greta Buckentin, Audrey, Ben, Corey and Addylen Kamps, Kadence and Avery Arndt, Elizabeth and Noah Dammann and one on the way; brother-in-law and sister-in-law Robert and Shirley Buckentin of Hamburg; and nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends.