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Margaret Neufeld

November 4, 1926 — December 29, 2014

Margaret Ann (Carlson) Neufeld, 88, passed away to be with the Lord on Dec. 29, 2014, in Eagle River, Alaska with family at her side. Margaret was born in 1926 to Marie and David Carlson and was a lifelong resident of Duluth, until 2009. She graduated from Denfeld High School and received her bachelors in secondary social studies from UMD in 1949. She served as a teacher at a number of area schools and then as a high school guidance counselor after earning her MS in Education in Guidance and Counseling from UWS in 1971. Margaret married the love of her life, Edmund (Ed) Neufeld, in 1952. They were members of First Covenant Church. She and Ed raised three children in Duluth. They also sponsored and assisted two Laotian refugees. Margaret's interests ranged broadly, including politics and local government. She served for a time on the St. Louis County Planning Commission. Margaret loved traveling but most of all spending time at her Sand Lake cabin with family and her dogs. There she attended Moose Lake Covenant. She enjoyed buffet dinners with family and friends, loved to play with her grandchildren, never turned off the radio, was always curious about the world around her and things Swedish (including ancestry). Margaret was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother - and a true friend. She will always be remembered for the extraordinary love she showed caring for Ed during his lengthy illness. We loved her and will miss her. Margaret's heart was always in Northern Minnesota. After she moved to Alaska, she was active at Community Covenant Church in Eagle River. During the last few years of her life, Margaret took comfort with her idea that Alaska was a place in Moose Lake or Duluth. The family was able to provide a high quality life for Margaret during her last years in Alaska. Margaret is preceded in death by her parents; husband, and brother Clarence Carlson. Margaret is survived by her children Marie (Rick) Wilson of San Carlos, Calif., E. David (Judy) Neufeld of Magnolia, Texas, and Elizabeth (Larry) Smith of Eagle River, Alaska; 10 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; sisters Dorothy Bohlmann of Duluth and Lorrayne Johnson of Grand Rapids; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law Nettie and Leland Engen of Duluth, Jerry Neufeld of Cloquet, Lori Carlson Potter of Iowa and 21 nieces and nephews. A special thanks to our family, churches, friends, and Guiding Light (assisted living) in Eagle River for all of their kindness and loving support. VISITATION: 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday in the Williams-Lobermeier-Boettcher Funeral Home, 3208 W. 3rd. St, Duluth, and continues from noon until the 1 p.m. Funeral Service Friday in First Covenant Church, 2101 W. 2nd St, Duluth. Burial at Union Cemetery, Hermantown. The family prefers donations to Evangelical Covenant Missions, Evangelical Covenant Church, 8303 W Higgins Road, Chicago, IL 60631, or Animal Allies Humane Society, 4006 Airport Road, Duluth 55811.

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