Margaret Hardy Sachter NiskayunaIn her 100th year, on June 25, 2013, the life of an extraordinary woman, Margaret Hardy Sachter, came to an end. She was a loving, intelligent and vibrant person who cared tremendously about personal freedom and had strong democratic opinions about a wide range of topics. She championed and supported many causes Planned Parenthood, the Swarthmore Arboretum, The Friends Service Committee, to name a few. She also had a strong interest in history and current events. Margaret used to do the Sunday NY Times crossword puzzle in ink. So it's not surprising that if anyone in the family had a question, the answer was always Ask Margaret. And, although she resisted initially, she became quite the emailer and read the New York Times online. She even had a Facebook page at the age of 97. Margaret was born on 4/17/1914 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. While raising her family, she lived in both Mt. Vernon and Scarsdale, NY, followed by a long and happy life in New York City where she practiced customs law. She spent the last 12 years of her life in Niskayuna, NY at the Glen Eddy retirement community. She was a graduate of Swarthmore College (1935, PBK), the University of Michigan (1945, MA), and NYU Law School (1976, JD). Early in her career Margaret taught English and history at the Baldwin School, the Brearley School and the Milton Academy. After marrying, her volunteer work included the school PTA, the regional committee of the National Girl Scouts, and the Volunteer Service Bureau of Westchester. While in NYC, she was a board member of Friends of LaGuardia Place. A plaque bearing her name can be found next to the statue of LaGuardia in Washington Square Village. She was also involved with the New Violin Family and its incredible octets. Even into her 80s, she was occasionally consulted about legal cases by the partners in her law firm. Margaret also thoroughly enjoyed her involvement with the residents' association at the Glen Eddy in Niskayuna. Margaret had a team of beloved aides during the last few years of her life. They coddled her, learned from her, and feared her ringing of the bell. Margaret may not have been able to get around but she created special relationships with each woman. Margaret was predeceased by her husband, Joseph, her parents, Charles and Helen Hardy, and her sister, Elizabeth Osborn (William). She is survived by her daughter, Elizabeth Brunski (John); her son, David (Sunya); four grandchildren, Leah Brunski (soon to be Barash), Jeff Brunski (Sally), Bret Sachter (Katie) and Ellora Sachter; nieces, Margaret Luttmann (Scott) and Susan Osborn; twin great-grandchildren, Margaret and Adele Sachter as well as numerous Hardy and Barclay cousins. She also cherished Darman Bays (Monica), Raina Bays and her friends of many years, Poppy Quattlebaum and Martha Ruffo. There are no adequate words to express how much she will be missed. A memorial service will be held at a later date.
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Published in The Daily Gazette Co. on July 9, 2013