Margaret Eberle Lotzgesell
Margaret Eberle Lotzgesell, Queen of her family’s hearts and her beloved Dungeness Valley, passed into the arms of her Lord and Savior, and her beloved husband “Guz” on MARCH 23, 2018, having lived 93 years of a full life filled with family, church, community, love and laughter. Born July 10, 1924 in her family’s homestead on their pioneer farm in Dungeness, Margaret was the third born and last remaining direct descendent of Joseph and Elizabeth Weishaupht Eberle. She was preceded by her parents and siblings Mary, Edwin, Clare and Frank.
Raised on the Eberle dairy farm, Margaret walked down the farm’s lane to attend grades 1-8 at the Dungeness School House. Her affectionate remembrance of this stately school and the lifelong friendships made with other early era schoolmates led her to active pursuits of heritage status for the schoolhouse. She volunteered with Christmas Open Houses wearing vintage clothing, with warm welcomes and authentic recollections of her childhood school days capturing imaginations of all audiences.
Margaret Lotzgesell was the epitome of love in a well-lived life. She graduated with Sequim High School’s Class of 1943, where she met Dick Lotzgesell, son of another Dungeness Valley pioneer family. She attended Seattle University while Dick entered the University of Washington. They married on September 11, 1948 and returned to the Lotzgesell dairy farm five years later to raise their family and enjoy over 53 years together.
The Sequim St. Joseph Catholic Church standing today reflects her determination to build community through fundraising efforts which resulted in mutual admiration and supportive friendships for all her parish friends.
Margaret excelled in her role as a hard working dairy farmer’s wife. Partners communicating about various farm challenges from crop, livestock, personnel or equipment management, she and Dick provided their family with first lessons about adults becoming working, supportive partners. From early years doing the family wash using an old wringer washer, clothesline drying, wrangle ironing, cooking every meal while also preserving the results of three gardens and two orchards, washing out the milk tank, lining up the hay crews, to driving “Old Betsey” carrying the bales to the barn, and all the myriad responsibilities beyond the basics, Margaret still kept smiles and good humor going. She spent afternoons volunteering as a Girl Scout and Boy Scout leader to ensure her children had fun extracurricular events to introduce them to new experiences.
Margaret always knew how to have fun; a rich social life both with her family, and with Dick were treasured times for her. The perfect antidote to daily farm chores was the monthly date with her Guz, at their Dance Club, with Port Angeles friends; lifelong friends through St. Joseph’s joined her for birthday celebrations, picnics and hiking.
When Dick was elected to the Board of Clallam County Commissioners, and the cows were sold, Margaret’s life substantially changed right along with her husband and partner. She went to work outside the home where the experiences learned from different challenges faced by others, allowed her to deepen her perspectives. It was a valuable experience enabling her to continue to embrace the art of joy-filled meaningful conversations with her family and friends.
Margaret always had a great gift for meeting, welcoming and engaging with people new to her community, wherever that community arose. Within her church, a new priest or fellow congregationalist was only a stranger until she reached out her hand with an introduction and then arranged an exploratory drive around her stomping grounds. Women who rode horses found a kindred spirit as she saddled up and rode to the Dungeness Spit with them; with artist friends, she appreciated and supported their efforts and networked them with others who could showcase their work; with members of the Hospital Guild some whom she recruited, she volunteered in helping sell items that supported worthy campaigns in support of OMH. When she met a woman, newly arrived from Texas and discovered she had been involved in a clown group, there was nothing else to do but sign up her friends, make costumes, learn the clowning tricks and go off to entertain many in local parades. She provided her family with many opportunities to gift her with dress, jewelry and hats in red and purple when she founded a Red Hats Club and led them on merry adventures in full regalia to the Seattle International District, the streets of Edmonds, and many local restaurants.
Margaret and Dick Lotzgesell were both honored by their community as Grand Pioneers. For Dick’s celebration, Margaret engaged her talented friends to customize a vintage walking suit with pearl handled cane and bowler hat for Dick, and full dress costume with hat, parasol and kid gloves for her which they wore to all the events of that Irrigation Festival Year. For Margaret’s year of celebration as Grand Pioneer, she was feted by family and friends with her black silks, broaches and lace, wide brimmed hat and cape waving her queenly wave as she rode the convertible in the Parade. What fun she showed all how to enjoy!
We were blessed to be her family and we know she always knew and felt the love we had for her. Preceded by her husband Dick Lotzgesell, and granddaughter Jodie Lotzgesell.
We are our Mother’s Garden. Kathy (Joe) Cunningham & their four daughters, husbands and seven grandsons; Paul, two daughters, husbands, three granddaughters and three grandsons; Kris, son and daughter; John, three daughters, husband; David (Theresa), two sons.
A Funeral Mass to Celebrate the life of Margaret Lotzgesell will be held on
April 9th 2018, at 11 am, St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Sequim, Washington. Rosary will precede Mass, beginning at 10:30 am.
The Family suggests that in lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Margaret Lotzgesell’s name to the Dungeness River Audubon Center and Railroad Bridge Park, where she enjoyed hours of volunteering. 2151 Hendrickson Road, Sequim, Washington 98382