Margaret C. Schulze, 95, of Moorhead, Minn., passed away on Wednesday, January 3, 2024, at Farmstead Living in Moorhead surrounded by family. Margaret was born on April 8, 1928 (Easter Sunday) to John and Hazel (Ross) Robertson in Great Falls, Mont. Her nickname immediately became Bunnie.
Margaret graduated from Great Falls High School in 1946. She graduated from Stephens College (Columbia, Mo.) in 1948 with an Associate of Arts degree, and then from the University of Minnesota in 1950 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration. Margaret married James Schulze on June 27, 1953, in Great Falls. They moved to California for three years and then to Nürnberg, Germany where Jim was employed by the European Exchange System of the U.S. government. Margaret and Jim lived in Germany for three years where their first child, Christine, was born. They then moved to Minneapolis where their next two children, Warren and Andrea, were born. After Jim finished law school, they moved to Fergus Falls where Jim went into private practice. Their next move was to their home on Mann Lake in the Chippewa National Forest off the Woodtick Trail. Margaret and Jim eventually divided time at the lake and in Moorhead.
Margaret’s early years in Montana with summer life at her grandparents’ cabin at Monarch on Belt Creek shaped her sense of family gatherings. Her Aunt Helen gave her a remarkable sense of style and a love of “objets d’art.” Her Scottish upbringing fostered a strong sense of thrift and creative use of resources. Margaret choreographed family experiences for all her children and grandchildren, encouraging them to try new things and to live life to the fullest. She exhibited a strong passion for learning, travel and exercise, including daily walks, swimming, biking, downhill skiing and cross-country skiing. Margaret and Jim traveled far and wide throughout their married life, including 16 Elderhostel trips to multiple countries and continents. They also returned numerous times to Nürnberg. Margaret and Jim opened their home to all their children’s friends, with many Thanksgiving and Christmas celebrations that also included foreign exchange students. Margaret set a beautiful table that allowed for much conversation and laughter, ultimately deepening cherished friendships.
Margaret will be greatly missed by those nearest to her for her pursuit of adventure, her keen decorative eye, her commitment to healthy eating, and her dedicated, generous support of her family.
Margaret is survived by her children Christine (Daryl Stensgaard) Schulze, Warren (Cynthia) Schulze and Andrea (Michael) Seifert; grandchildren Nicholas (Ashley) Seifert, Nathanial Seifert, Katherine (Michael) LaNasa, Emma Seifert and Samuel Schulze; great-grandchild Claire Seifert; sister Helen Spencer; and many other loving nieces, nephews and friends. Margaret is preceded in death by her husband James and her parents John and Hazel.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, February 3 at 11:00 AM at First Presbyterian, Fargo, N.D., with a visitation one hour prior to the service. A private burial will be held in the spring at Felton Cemetery, Felton, Minn. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the James and Margaret Schulze Endowed Scholarship Fund at Concordia Language Villages: www.concordialanguagevillages.org/give