Marjorie Gatzlaff

Funeral service for Marjorie Gatzlaff, 90, will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, April 1, in the Chapel of the Good Shepherd at St. John Lutheran home with Pastor Tricia Mattson officiating.  Interment will be in the Christ Lutheran Cemetery in Stately Township.

Visitation will also be in the Chapel of the Good Shepherd from 9:00 a.m. Saturday until time of services. 

Mrs. Gatzlaff died on Friday, March 24, 2017, at St. John Lutheran Home.

Marjorie Ernestine Buhr was born on Sept. 20, 1926, in Stately Township, Brown County, Minnesota, the daughter of George and Ella (Tews) Buhr. She was united in marriage to Loren Gatzlaff on Feb. 19, 1951, at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Springfield. Marge and Loren raised their family on a farm south of Sanborn. Marge was an industrious farm wife and loving mother.  She was a member of Christ Lutheran Church in Stately Township for more than 50 years, taught Sunday School and was a member of the Ladies Aid.  Marge and Loren became members of St Paul Lutheran Church in 2010 when they moved into Springfield.

Marjorie was a smart, creative, and caring wife, mother, and grandmother. She had a passion for cooking. Large family meals were common, but Marge’s chair was always empty because she was busy tending to the needs of those gathered at her table. It was rare to ever leave Marge’s kitchen without coffee and treats. She also made many multi-tiered wedding cakes and themed birthday cakes. Marge loved to garden. One of her favorite winter activities was planning and ordering seeds for the next growing season. Occasionally, she explored new produce such as peanuts, eggplant and jalepeño peppers. She showed her artistic side by making lovely corsages and flower arrangements for church and family gatherings. She also made and decorated dried floral wreaths. Marjorie was a skilled event organizer and hostess.  She could talk with anyone and loved visiting with people.

She is survived by her children, Jill (Tom) Cashon of Farmington, New Mexico; David Gatzlaff of Sanborn, and Doug (LuAnn) Gatzlaff of Springfield; four grandchildren; and sister, Bernice Balbach of Springfield.  She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Loren, in 2010; sister, Irene Krueger; and brother, LeRoy Buhr.

Arrangements are with the Sturm Funeral Home in Springfield, Minnesota. Online condolences may be left for the family at

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