Margaret “Maggie” Klein

Margaret “Maggie” Klein, age 76, of Chanhassen, MN, formerly of Shakopee, MN, passed away peacefully on Sunday, June 16, 2019, at Methodist Hospital, St, Louis Park, MN.

A time of gathering will be on Monday, June 24, from 4-7 pm and one hour prior to the Funeral Liturgy on Tuesday, June 25, at 11 am, at Ballard-Sunder Funeral and Cremation, 833 S. Marschall Road,  Shakopee. Fr. Erik Lundgren will preside. A private family burial at Resurrection Cemetery, Excelsior, MN.

Anson and Lorraine (Studer) Mase proudly announced the birth of Margaret on February 23, 1943, born in Minneapolis, MN. She was the fourth of six children, growing up in Excelsior. Maggie’s father was very instrumental with the life of Lake Minnetonka, especially the building of the well-known Tonka Belle boat. The Mase family spent countless hours working, boating, fishing and spending time on the lake. Maggie attended Minnetonka High School and was involved in synchronized swimming club.

Maggie married Steve Effertz and from this union became the mother to three children, Tom, Dan and Cindy. Her main focus in life was raising her children. As a family, they enjoyed the annual camping, fishing and boating trips to Myrtle Lake in Orr, MN. Maggie was always attending and supporting them in their school activities. She was also involved in her faith, at the Church of St. Mary, and supporting the Red Cross with their blood drives. After 17 years of marriage Maggie and Steve parted ways.

Working odd jobs at first, Maggie became a successful realtor. After the sale of her first home, Maggie treated her children to a trip of a lifetime to Disney World. For the next 40 years, she worked tireless hours securing the perfect home for individuals and families. Maggie was so proud of the clientele  she built through the years. Her career brought Maggie other adventures. She was involved in the Shakopee Rotary, Scott County HRA and the Scott County Land Condemnation Committee.

Life for Maggie was enriched meeting a gentleman named Thomas B. Klein or as she would call him, “TK.” On June 12, 1981, at the Shakopee House, they declared their love to each other. Maggie’s family instantly grew to include Tom’s children, Erik and Aimee. Over the next 38 years, they had many great adventures. Maggie and TK enjoyed spending time at the cabin on Mille Lacs, fishing, cross country skiing and watching the sunsets. Once a month they kissed under the full moon. They also appreciated the fishing trips to Totem Lodge, in Canada. In the later years, Maggie and TK spent winters at The Villages in Lady Lake, Florida. Here they spent evenings dancing at the square and even dabbled in golfing. Maggie too enjoyed exploring the area on the golf cart.

Maggie relished being a wife, mother and especially being a grandma and great grandma. She loved those grandchildren unconditionally and savored any opportunity to spoil them, especially with her famous back scratches. Margaret “Maggie” Klein was a classy woman, who greeted you with a smile and made you feel important. She was selfless, loving and had a wonderful sense of humor.

Forever missed, Maggie will be forever loved by husband, Tom “TK”; children, Tom (Heidi) Effertz, Dan (Silvia) Effertz, Cindy (Todd) Taylor, Erik Klein, Aimee (Jon) Miller; grandchildren, Paul (Anna) Effertz, Mason Effertz, Madeline Taylor, Emily Taylor, Ethan Klein, Marli Klein, Shayla Miller, Isabella Miller; great-grandchildren, Norah Effertz, Charlie Effertz, Carter Effertz; siblings, Mary Rogers, Martha (Al) Tollefson, Jim (Cindy) Mase; other relatives and friends.

Maggie is preceded in death by her parents; siblings, Fred Mase, Mina Mase and brother-in-law, Red Rogers.

Ballard-Sunder Funeral and Cremation proudly served and cared for the Klein family. www.ballardsunderfuneral.com

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  1. John & Mary Ostdiek

    We are so very sorry to hear of Maggie’s passing. We glad we got to know her and will miss catching up with her in The Villages. Our thoughts & prayers are with you all.

  2. Please accept my sympathy for your loss of a beautiful person!!! May your memories may you smile! Love to you all. Jo Ann Schesso

  3. Mike Bennington

    So sorry to hear of your loss. My memory of Maggie is a magnificent smile and an abundance of energy. From experience, I know how your loss can overwhelm you. What helped me was the advice of a priest that advised to try not to focus on the loss, but the time you had with her.

  4. My sympathies to TK and Cindy as well as the rest of her family. Maggie was a classy lady whom I admired as a realtor. God bless.

    • Patti (Berens) Kane

      TK, Cindy, Todd,, Tom, Dan, Erik, Aimee and family,

      I am so very sorry for your loss. Wow. I have so many cherished memories of Maggie. She was often my second mom at times and I am so grateful that she allowed me to tag along with Cindy on some wonderful trips. She was a great role model for finding that balance on how to be a concerned parent and joyful friend at the same time. Loved spending time with her and also hiding things from her- for a while at least. God bless her! Keeping Maggie and all of you in my thoughts and prayers .

  5. Dale &Jan Dahlke

    Our sympathies to T.K. and all the family. Remembering all the good times at the Scenic Bay cabins. She was a charm

  6. Mike and Kris Arone

    We will miss Maggie’ smile and optimism. Last fall we asked “How was your winter?” Her answer, with a big smile “Wonderful!” (even as I remember the weather was not so wonderful) . Even if she was uncomfortable with a back ache, it was still “Wonderful” . We have so many memories of Snowmobiling , card games and parties at Battle Lake, Golfing and Monday night WINGS in the Villages, visits and pontoon rides at Mille lacs Lake . Our sympathies go out to TK and all the families. We will miss Maggie. Mike and Kris Arone

  7. Tom Cindy and families. So sorry to read of Maggie’s passing. Thinking back at the good times we shared brings a tear to our eyes. She will be missed by many.

  8. Lynn Plekkenpol-Schwartz

    Our sympathies to the Effertz Family….We grew up as neighbors with the family in the younger years…
    Lots of fun times as we were playing and growing up together. Maggie was always there for her family, smiling all the time :):) She will be missed!!

    Ken Plekkenpol family

  9. My heartfelt sympathies go out to the family and friends. May you find some comfort in the promise found in Revelation 21: 3-4 and 1 Thessalonians 4:14. Knowing that there is an opportunity to be reunited with loved ones.

  10. My memories of Maggie begin at the corner of Seventh and Market in Shakopee where our houses were just across the street. There were neighborhood parties, backyard picnics and pig roasts; snowmobiling to Prior Lake, Excelsior and trips to Lake Carlos. There were many times when Maggie stepped in to help out with family emergencies and our friendship included mutual respect and support. Camping at Myrtle Lake is one of the most joyful memories – “Shakopee North” was populated every year by our neighborhood. My condolences go out to Maggie’s family – she is no longer physically present but her spirit is with all who loved her.

  11. Bob&Barb Wostrel (The Wos)

    Bob&Barb Wostrel June 19, 2019 Our sympathies to TK and family. We sure had some great times,Costa Rica,Outing,many Chtistmases,weddings,and family gatherings. Life would not have been as exciting without you in it, Maggie you will be missed by all.

  12. What a fun lady!!! Always the hit of any party we had. I will miss her

  13. Cindy Mack Laymon

    I was very saddened to hear of Maggies passing. I have many wonderful memories of time spent with her and through the years at MHS’s class re-unions. As her family said, she was a classy lady. Please accept my sympathies for the pasing of this wonderful “gal”

  14. Craig Darrington

    So sorry to hear of Maggie’s passing…we offer our condolences to family and know you will have comfort in your memories…as Florida residents, we know La Paloma will never be quite the same!

    Craig and Judy Darrington

  15. Dick and Connie Forschner

    Very sorry to hear the sad news about Maggie. Remember all the wonderful times you shared, although their is a physical void, she will always be with you in your hearts. Keeping your family in our thoughts and prayers.

    Dick and Connie

  16. TK, Tom, Danny and Cindy;
    So sorry to hear about your wife/mom. Reading her obituary I’ve got MANY fond memories of not only our yearly trips to Myrtle Lake but also, Pig Roasts and generally neighborhood parties ! Maggie was always the straw that stirred the drink as they say. BIG smile and a BIG laugh. Trust me on this one, she filled her bucket before she left. She had a full and filling life. She’ll be missed by all. Prayers to all……..

  17. Ann & Dick Mulcrone

    Our deepest sympathy to Tom and to the family of our long time friend.
    Maggie was kind, caring , and fun. I loved her smile. She had a way of making you feel like you were the one person in her life that she wanted to see that day.

  18. Barbara Angell Gilson and Paul

    “ As the sun sets on a life well lived , we will always remember the light it let behind”. This is how I remember Maggie. She was always so kind to me and as others have said..she had a way of making you feel special and important to her. I will miss her smile and laughter.

  19. Tom, So sorry to hear about Maggie. Our deepest condolences to U and family.

  20. Karen & Charles Montgomery

    Tom, we hold you tight in our thoughts as you navigate this emotional and sad time. You have been special neighbors here in The Villages. May your wonderful memories get you through this. Sending hugs and heartfelt sympathy to you and your family.

  21. Maggie, we’ll miss you. You were truly one of a kind. A spit-fire and as a straight of a shooter as around. Someone who you would want in your corner which TK was lucky enough to have for nearly 40 years.
    Miss Minnetonka, you lit up a room with your smile and laughter and you could tell a joke as well as TK could and that is saying a lot!
    Maggie, we’ll miss you but we’re consoled in the knowledge that you are now in a peaceful place with everlasting life.
    bill and nancy hamm

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