Wednesday, December 28, 2016


Margaret Mary Seidel, 94, of Rib Lake, passed away Wednesday December 28, 2016 at The Golden Living Center in Rib Lake.
Margaret was born July 11, 1922 to Michael and Rosa Schneider in the family home in which she then grew up in. She was the 6th of 14 children born to them. She attended Mud Lake School in Rib Lake and spent most of her 94 years in the Rib Lake area. It was here that she married the love of her life, Leonard (Jack) Seidel in 1942. Together they raised their three sons just outside of the village limits.
Margaret was a working mother, employed 30 years with Gem Products in Rib Lake. In 1985 at her husband’s request, she joined him in retirement, which they enjoyed together until his death in 1990. She was a homemaker, mother and wife that relied on the skills she learned as a child in her mother’s kitchen. The kitchen was her domain where she turned out countless pies, jars of jam and jelly, canned venison and canned vegetables. Margaret enjoyed listening to polka music while she worked in the kitchen and her radio scanner.
Margaret enjoyed dancing, gardening, cooking, canning, bowling, travelling and visiting with her friends, family and neighbors. As a lifelong member of the Good Shepard Catholic Church she participated as a member of the Christian Mothers, helping with church dinners and donating food as needed. She also served as a den mother when her sons were in the Rib Lake Cub Scouts.
After her husband’s death she enjoyed the companionship of her dear friend, Lyle Schmedegard, for 20 years. They filled each other’s lives with dancing, laughter and friendship until his passing in 2013. In 2012 she moved into the Village of Rib Lake after living 60 years in her home, with the last 24 being alone. Her family cherishes the memories of the simple and wholesome lifestyle she modeled, the values she taught of the benefits of hard work and of not being wasteful and the ability to take life as it comes, no matter what.
She is survived her Sons: Richard (Terri) Seidel of Fall Creek, Dale (Patty) Seidel of Brooklyn, 7 Grandchildren: Brian Seidel, Greg Seidel, Shari (Chad) Strasburg, Kim (Steve) Goetz, Michael Seidel, Suzette (Scott) Reynolds and Tracy (Michael) Procajlo; 8 Great Grandchildren: Reid (Shari) Strasburg, Laura and Nathan Seidel (Brian), Jessica and Randy (Suzette) Reynolds, and Alexander, Ethan and Sydney (Tracey) Procajlo; and 3 Great Great Granddaughters.
She was preceded in death by her husband Leonard Seidel, and sons Francis Seidel and infant Dennis Seidel; Brothers: Walter, Norbert and Michael; Sisters: Bernice, Bertha, Rosemary, Anne, Frieda, Rita and Emma.
Three of the family of fourteen survive: 2 Sisters: Marie (Paul) Froebe of Ft. Collins, CO, Agnes (Ross) Petersen of Phillips, and brother Gerald (Adrian) Schneider of Rib Lake, and many nieces and nephews.
Memorial Donations in honor of Margaret may be given to the family, proceeds will be designated to the Rib Lake Fire and EMS Department.
A funeral mass will be held at 11 AM, Friday December 30, 2016 at Good Shepherd Catholic Church in Rib Lake. Father Otto Bucher will officiate. Burial will follow in Lakeview Cemetery. Visitation will be held on Friday at Good Shepherd Church from 10 AM until the time of Mass at 11 AM.
Memorial Donations in honor of Margaret may be given to the family, proceeds will be designated to the Rib Lake Fire and EMS Department.
Hemer Funeral Service of Medford and Rib Lake has been entrusted with arrangements. Online condolences can be left at www.