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Margaret “Peggi” Redalen -- Rushford

January 1, 2019

Margaret “Peggi” Jean (Schueler) Redalen, age 65, passed away peacefully Thursday, Dec. 27, 2018. She was born Feb. 4, 1953, to Elmer and Margaret (McGregor) Schueler, the third of five children and grew up in Rush Creek Valley.

On Aug. 21, 1971, Peggi married Steven Redalen, of Lanesboro, after a courtship which included making eyes at each other in the record shop, flirting at the county fair, and many trips between their homes. She had wanted many children, but after Aaron and Kirsten, she quit. Thankfully, her brood expanded with the addition of daughter-in-law, Michele, son-in-law, Joel, and the loves of her life: her grandchildren, Evin, Lauren, Emma, Alex, Logan, Charlie, Ada, Kathleen, and Emelia. Nana was the source of all things wonderful and the kids adored her for it.

Peggi was extraordinary. Everyone says that of their loved one, but there is no other word that sums up the volume of gifts she bestowed upon this world and the lives which she touched. She wore her heart on her sleeve and cared deeply for animals, the natural world, and people she knew and those she’d never met.

Nearly as important as her faith and family was Peggi’s love for her Scottish heritage. She was a daughter of the Clan McGregor and fiercely proud of it. She was reserved, much like her beloved father, preferring the solitude of walking the woods, sneaking up on Morels, and mentally cataloguing every plant, bird, and animal she could. Let it also be clarified that Peggi was not stubborn. She was determined. Her humor was well-known and dry.

Peggi had an impeccable eye for design and art and loved collecting pieces, particularly pottery. She also treasured collecting rocks and sea glass. Landscape design and gardening were intertwined as both profession and hobby. Peggi loved lists and telling people to watch out for deer. While it’s the Minnesotan way for saying, “I love you,” it could have been that she just really loved her deer. Her woods in the valley, situated on Schueler Creek, was her place of peace and she captured it in frequent photographs, right down to the shadows of the anemones. The beaches of the Pacific, along the northern California coast, were a place of tranquility for her.

Peggi is survived by her husband, Steve; son, Aaron (Michele) Redalen; daughter, Kirsten (Joel) Zoellner; grandchildren; German son, Paul Viehauser; her mother, Margie Schueler; and siblings, Sharon (Wayne) Woxland, Marlene (Ken Fordahl) Schueler, Karl Schueler, and David (Holly) Schueler. She was preceded in death by her father, Elmer.

A Celebration of Life will be held 1 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2019, at Root River Community Church in Rushford. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. until the time of the service Wednesday. A private family burial was held Saturday, Dec. 29 at Oakwood Sherwood Cemetery in Rushford. Hoff Funeral Home — Rushford is assisting the family with arrangements.

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