April 24, 1946 to July 19, 2013. Margie Logsdon meant so much to so many. There are not enough words or space to state how much she was loved. She was a loving daughter to her deceased parents, Harry and Dorothy (Barrett), and sister to Helen Dunn, also deceased. Margie is survived by her brother, Bill (Janet Tkach); her sisters, Dot Sheehan (Jim), Barbara Logsdon (Rodney Rowe); and a multitude of nieces, nephews and cousins. Margie had an endless number of friends from all walks of life. If you asked any of her friends or family what was so special about Margie, they would all say it was her eternal Joie de Vivre (Joy of Life) and her quiet, unassuming style. Margie was, at heart, an English teacher but also a dedicated coach in both basketball and golf. She taught at Sacred Heart High School from 1969 until its closure in 1989, when she fittingly led her Sacred Heart Blue Flames to the PIAA Basketball State Championship Title. Following the closure of Sacred Heart, Margie went on to teach English at Oakland Catholic High School from 1989 until 2003, when she accepted a position at Carlow University. She was passionate about her teaching and about her students. She also coached at McKeesport High School and Indiana University of PA. During the 90s, after Margie had retired from coaching, she took on a new challenge. She decided to pursue a Ph.D. at the University of Pittsburgh. As with everything she did, she took it to a successful completion. She earned the title of "Dr. Logsdon", a title she deserved, but never used. Upon completion of her doctorate, Margie accepted the faculty position of Director of Educational Leadership in 2003 at Carlow University, where she continued until her retirement in 2009. Margie was an avid golfer and loved to compete. She wasn't so much interested in competing with her golfing friends as she was at competing with herself. She would often say: "Three holes to play- three pars to get." And she usually got them! Margie was well-known among her friends and family as a rescuer of the countless abandoned cats and their offspring that were left in the alley behind her house. She provided food, shelter, and veterinary care. Whenever possible, she placed them into loving homes. Margie was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2007. An article appeared in the CAREGIVER magazine in the winter of 2008. The article opened with a quote from Margie: "Be proactive, be persistent and take responsibility for your life." She didn't just utter these words, she lived them. Margie learned everything she could about her disease, and she actively contributed to her wellness. After undergoing chemotherapy, radiation and major surgery, Margie fought her way back to a normal life. She was thrilled to be well enough to compete in the PA Senior Golf Olympics in York, PA the following year. Not only did she compete, but she also won the gold medal and the right to compete in the Olympics in San Francisco. Margie embraced life, even when pancreatic cancer struck and continued to do so every day forward. She had an uncanny ability to get her family and friends to do the same. Margie often quoted Thornton Wilder: "Does anyone ever realize life – every minute of it?" The answer is; YES, Margie, you did. Arrangements by:
BALL FUNERAL CHAPEL, INC.
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Published in Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on July 28, 2013