Margaret Guldseth

Margaret Schwab Guldseth, 78, died March 23, 2014, while residing at Glenwood Place Senior Living in Vancouver, Wash. A memorial service is at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, March 27, 2014, at Saint Anne’s Episcopal Church in Washougal, Wash. Arrangements are provided by Brown’s Funeral Home in Camas, Wash.

Margaret was born on Oct. 23, 1935, in Cambridge, Mass., to Sarah Bradley Schwab and Norman von Post Schwab. Margaret graduated from Mount Kisco High school in Mount Kisco, N.Y. She graduated with honors in music from Bryn Mawr College. 

For 12 years after graduating, she traveled across this country, Britain, Australia and Papua-New Guinea volunteering her time and talents with the international program of Moral Re-Armament.

Margaret married Mark Olaf Guldseth on June 29, 1968. From their first home in Phoenix, Ariz., they moved to Homer in 1976. 

Margaret was an active member of the Homer community where she was involved in Homemakers, Seaside Singers, The L/V Ark, Vista Volunteers, Head Start and Hospital Auxiliary. She was a devoted member of Homer United Methodist Church, faithfully serving in many capacities throughout her years there. In 1993 she was named Citizen of the Year by the Homer Chamber of Commerce. 

“Margaret was a gentle, kind and loving wife, mother, sister and friend, who loved music, sewing, singing, making friends and helping others. She was always positive and faced hardship without complaint. She donated not only her life but her heart to those around her and was cherished by those who knew her,” her family said. 

Margaret is survived by daughter and son-in-law, Ellen and Rick Heckert, and grandchildren Emma, Margaret and Nathanael Heckert, all of El Puerto de Santa Maria, Spain. Other survivors include brother and sister-in-Law John Christopher and Judy Schwab of New Braunfels, Texas; sister Edith Schwab of Vancouver, Wash.; sister and brother-in-law Kate and Bill McLaughry of Centennial, Colo.; and sister and brother-in-law Irene and Gary Cowley of Inglewood, Calif. 

She was preceded in death by her husband, Mark Guldseth; parents, Sally and Norman Schwab; and brother, Peter Schwab.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the Jubilation Handbell Choir, Homer United Methodist Church, 770 East End Road, Homer, AK. 99603.