Margaret “Maggie” Mages, 66, of Lafayette entered into eternal peace on Sunday, January 21, 2018 at her home surrounded by her family.

Margaret “Maggie” Mages, 66, of Lafayette entered into eternal peace on Sunday, Jan. 21, 2018 at her home surrounded by her family. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 25, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in New Ulm, with Monsignor Douglas Grams celebrating the Mass. Burial will follow on the Mages farm in the Swedish Cemetery near Lafayette. Visitation will be 3 to 7 p.m. Wednesday and 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. Thursday at the Minnesota Valley Funeral Home NORTH CHAPEL in New Ulm. The St. Gregory’s Council of Catholic Women will pray the rosary at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. To leave an online condolence for her family or to sign the guest book go to In lieu of flowers the family prefers memorials to the donors’ choice.

Margaret Cecelia Sellner was born Sept. 2, 1951, in Sleepy Eye to Arthur and Marion (Hillesheim) Sellner. She grew up on her parents’ dairy farm in Mulligan township. She happily helped milk the cows and tend the gardens. She completed numerous 4-H projects, played softball and loved playing with her loving siblings and high-spirited friends. After graduating from St. Mary’s High School in 1969, she finally took notice of the new kid who joined her class their sophomore year. After a courtship filled with ballroom dances, drive-in movies, and lots of guitar music, she married Larry Mages on August 18, 1971. They began farming near Lafayette that same year. During their 46 years of marriage, Maggie’s deep faith and kind heart permeated her every role as a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and friend. She nurtured multiple flower and vegetable gardens. Because she loved to share her harvest, she purposely grew far more than her family could ever eat. Maggie worked for Kraft Foods in New Ulm for over 20 years. After retiring in 2006, she relished catching up with her former co-workers at retiree gatherings. She was an active member of St. Gregory’s Church and its Council of Catholic Women. She considered her faith community to be a part of her family and gratefully served with them in countless ways. In recent years, her grandchildren were her pride and joy. She was their biggest fan. She loved babysitting and playing with them. She attended every Grandparents’ Day, concert, play, recital, and ball game that she could. As her grandchildren became old enough, she and Larry happily shared their love of travel via RV with them. Maggie learned the prayer of St. Joseph from her mother and prayed it daily. She will be missed deeply, but her family is grateful for her peaceful passing.

Maggie is survived by her husband, Larry Mages of Lafayette; her father, Arthur Sellner of Sleepy Eye; daughters, Theresa (Randy) Wagner of Maple Lake, Amanda (Adam) Bemmels of Le Sueur, Emily (Brennen) Rath of Sartell; sons, Edward (Monica) Mages of Courtland, Matthew (Sarah) Mages of New Ulm, Joseph (Imia) Mages of Winthrop; 16 grandchildren; sisters, Theresa Thomas of Chanhassen, Ann Marie (Craig) Gifford of Balaton, Mary Jane (Martin) Hoffmann and Linda (Paul) Schroepfer all of Sleepy Eye; and by a brother, David (MaDonna) Sellner of Sleepy Eye. She was preceded in death by her mother; father-in-law, Alphonse Mages; brothers-in-law, George Thomas, Charles Strate and Duane Mages; nieces and nephews, Michael Gall, Teresa Campbell, Douglas Mages and Paula Mages.