Margaret Ann (Sarazin) Elftmann

A devoted resident of Shakopee, MN, Margaret Ann (Sarazin) Elftmann passed away peacefully in the presence of her  family, at her home on the morning of Monday, May 2, 2016.

All of Margaret’s service will be held at  Ballard-Sunder Funeral and Cremation,  833 South Marschall Road, Shakopee, MN.  The family will greet family and friends on Friday, May 6, from 4-7 pm and on Saturday, May 7 one hour prior to the Celebration of Life Service, at 11 am, led by Deacon Jim Pufahl. She will be laid to rest with her husband at the Shakopee Catholic Cemetery.

On January 5, 1939, teenage sisters, Lorraine and Catherine arrived home from school and found baby Margaret Ann… a secret their parents, John and Genevieve (Scharf) Sarazin had been keeping from them for months. Born and raised in Shakopee, the Sarazin family grew up on a farm currently where the car wash and the Ballard-Sunder Funeral Home is located. Margaret attended school through the eighth grade before returning home to help her parents on the farm. Later in years, the Sarazin family was honored to have a street in Shakopee named after them.

Through the years, Margaret ventured down many career paths. She waitressed at several restaurants, was a factory line inspector and worked at Mystic Lake Casino. But she took her caring and loving personality and assisted the elderly at Friendship Manor Nursing Home, drove school bus for the handicap and provided day care for children in the community and grandchildren. Margaret was most proud of dedicating her life to be a wife, mother, grandma and great-grandma.

Margaret married Glen Trebesch in the late 1950’s. From this union, she was blessed with five precious children, Deb, Ronnie, Scott, LeNita and Janelle. Unfortunately, Margaret and Glen parted ways. Her life was once again enriched with love meeting Dennis Elftmann. On August 24, 1985 in the flower gardens of Eagan, MN, Margaret and he were married. She opened up her arms to Dennis’ four wonderful children, Jan, Sandra, Daniel and David. Through the years, Margaret’s life was greatly blessed with 14 grandchildren and soon to be 11 great-grandchildren. The family will always be her greatest pride and passion.

In Margaret’s spare time, she enjoyed cranking up polka music, watching the  polka program at noon and most of all  polka dancing. An avid Minnesota Twins fan, Margaret also enjoyed, playing cards, sending greeting cards for every occasion, enjoying the activities at the cabin in Palisade, MN and traveling in the PT Cruiser. She was known for her delicious pumpkin bread, the countless hours on  genealogy research and the love for her animals. Margaret will be best remembered as a major icon in the racing profession. For decades, she supported and participated in the racing business at Raceway Park in Shakopee, MN. Margaret was a permanent fixture at the track and everyone loved her. In more recent years, Margaret finished the second volume of the race tracks history.

A faithful woman, Margaret had a great memory and knew everyone by name. She was a woman of forgiveness and always looked past your faults or disappointments. Margaret had a spirited personality of sassiness, awesomeness and a strong temperament.

Margaret’s legacy will live on in her beloved family that will truly miss her  deeply, especially the children, Deb (Randy) Lowe, Ronnie (Jovi) Trebesch, Scott Trebesch, LeNita (Michael) Johnson, Janelle (Harm) Alken, Jan (Dave Lewis) Elftmann, Sandra Elftmann, Daniel (Chel) Elftmann, David (Greta) Elftmann; grandchildren, Olivia (Sam), Toni, Kristy (Dustin), Kasey (Lindsey), Marty, Alex, Nikki, Kevin (Lindsay), Justin (Hailey), Ashlee (Bryan), Lindsay, Travis, Jacob, Kaylyn; great-grandchildren, Maison, Madeline, Arista, Laney, Gage, Kenzington, Adriannah, Kali, Xander, Katalaya-Mae and a baby due in August; sisters, Lorraine Schleicher, Catherine Henry; dog Charlie; cat, Rascal; many loving relatives and devoted friends.

There to welcome Margaret home in heaven was her husband, Dennis “Bullet” and   parents.

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  1. Marge was a Great asset to Raceway Park History and a great person and friend.
    R.I.P Marge you will be missed greatly.

  2. So sorry Toni and family. I know how much you loved her . Fun to have heard your stories with her. Love , Barbie S.

  3. Maria St. Louis

    My condolences on the loss of your mother. Your family is in my thoughts. Maria

  4. So sorry for your loss. Prayers and condolences sent to you and your family.

  5. Condolences from the Jenkins Lake Family.
    It is such a pleasure to read how many lives were touched by Marge.

  6. I was so pleased when she accepted my offer to assist her on the 2nd book. One thing I loved about Marge was when she would call you, you knew the conversation was going to be more than a half hour so you had to make sure you had your drink ready cause getting away from her was not easy. This wonderful lady had many stories and she was always willing to share. Am so glad I got to know you Marge, love and miss you, and man I would love one of your half hour phone calls just 1 more time!

  7. My prayers to her family as you celebrate her life. What a fun person to visit with! We shared so many Raceway Park stories through the years.

  8. Marge will be missed by many of the Wednesday Senior Old Time Dance group. Marge loved to dance, listen to Polka music, and share in the fun at dances all around the area. She had danced to most all of the popular bands in this area throughout her life. KCHK was her favorite radio station, and her collection of
    Polka CD’s must be as large as her collection of Raceway tidbits. Enjoyed dancing with her over the last few years, she was a fun, honest, generous person. My condolences to her wonderful family who will miss her greatly.
    Thanks for the good times, Marge… P.S, put in a good word up there for us Polka music lovers !

  9. Scott I am sadden to hear of the passing of your mom..The little time I knew her was like a life time. Sending
    Sincere Sympathy to you and your family…Rest In Peace Margaret..

  10. Ronnie and family, I got the idea from FB that perhaps Marge had moved into the next life. In the short time that I knew her, such a generous and caring mom. Ronnie, so delighted that somehow we again got connected. Eternal rest….

    Note: I was Ronnie’s second grade teacher in Shakopee.

  11. John & Mary Ostdiek

    Marge was a very special lady. Her devotion to Raceway Park was much appreciated especially for all her hard work documenting the history through her books. We will miss her smile and out going personality. Our deepest sympathy to the family.

  12. She was a wonderful women and will be missed deeply. It won’t be as much fun at the track not being able to see her and hear about all the people that was in her books. I am so glad I bought the first addition. Now God has her keeping track of racers in heaven. God be with you Marge. You will be missed

  13. Carolyn Stage

    Blessings to all of you on the loss of your mother Marge. My heart goes out to you, Marge was a great woman and loved life. I have many great memories of times together and the fun we had growing up, she was always there to take care of the rebels that we were.
    I learned to love the races then and I still love the track to this day.
    Thank you Marge for all the great fun ! We will miss you .
    I will pray for your healing over the loss of your mom, but be certain your mother is in the hands of the Lord and living a fabulous eternal life !
    Sent with thoughts of many Blessings and Love,

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