Margaret Ann Kreklau – Alexandria Echo Press


Margaret Ann Kreklau (Steinkraus) passed away in the presence of the Lord on June 8, 2022.

Margaret was born to Edwin and Eileen Steinkraus (Miller) on December 3, 1947 in Wadena, MN. She attended Sebeka Public School (as one of the “town children”) and graduated from Sebeka Secondary School in 1965.

Margaret married Curtis Kreklau (one of the “farm kids”) on May 21, 1966, and they shared life together for 56 years of love, patience and kindness. Their union produced two children, Curtis, Jr. and Corinne.

Margaret worked at St. Luke’s Hospital in Fargo. She then became a stay-at-home mom to her children until they were in school. After that, she worked for a nonprofit to help families in need, then worked at the Douglas County Assessor’s Office. She then obtained her real estate broker’s license and sold real estate. She retired after working for MNDoT as a right of way agent. She spent much of her time volunteering her services to her church, including administrative duties, preparing newsletters, and baking for communion time.

The greatest work she did was as a loving mother to her children and grandchildren. In fact, she was Mama Bear to her children and grandchildren. She also loved to celebrate her spiritual gift of hospitality, arranging holidays for her family, friends, neighbors and others who were fortunate enough to share her gift of hospitality.

She loved crafts, sewing, pontoon rides, computers and gadgets, and especially her grandchildren. She was a life member of the Order of the Eastern Star, Lyra Chapter; and served as Grand Ruth for the Grand Chapter of MN in 1999.

She is survived by her husband, Curtis Kreklau, her son, Curtis Kreklau, Jr., her daughter Corinne Schrantz (Kreklau) and her grandchildren Keiko Kreklau, Curtis Kreklau III, Quinn Schrantz, Mason Schrantz and Rebekah Kreklau. She was predeceased by her parents Edwin and Eileen Steinkraus (Steinkraus and wife), her older sister Myrna Kempf (Steinkraus), and numerous uncles, aunts, cousins, and extended family.

A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, July 28, 2022 at Alexandria United Methodist Church. Visitation will be one hour prior to Thursday service.

The family requests that memorials be sent to the Salvation Army or Samaritan’s Purse in Margaret’s honor.

Arrangements are with Anderson Funeral Home and Crematory.


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