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Marguerite B. Bullwinkel 1928-2012 STOCKBRIDGE Marguerite Brandt Bullwinkel, 83, a longtime resident of Stockbridge passed Monday, March 26, 2012 at Fairview Commons in Great Barrington. Born December 23, 1928 in Spokane, Washington, she was the daughter of the late Otis and Marguerite Hall Brandt. She graduated from local schools and attended Montana State, Washington State University and graduated from UC Berkeley. Marguerite moved to Stockbridge in 1958 with her husband Edward and four young sons. A fifth son was born soon after. As a mother, her boundless energy and good nature always seemed to make having a large family look easy. A gardener's gardener, her extensive flower beds were a riotous display of color and texture during the summer months. Her prowess with flowers was surpassed only by her vegetable garden, which was enjoyed through the winter as canned goods. She was also an incredible cook, something her sons realized after they left home for college, which prompted constant requests for favorite recipes. The annual July 4th party, Thanksgiving, and Christmas Eve dinners were special culinary occasions. An avid swimmer from her lifeguard days in Camp Fire Girls, she prompted her sons through swim courses in summer at the town beach and the YMCA during the winter. She also loved to bike and enjoyed sailing on both coastlines. An expert seamstress, she made many of her son's clothes and worked with Country Curtains for many years. She was also an expert knitter and her elaborate Christmas stockings are family heirlooms. She loved nature walks, especially in the company of her golden retrievers. Nothing brought a bigger smile than the antics of her dogs. An arts and music lover, Marguerite volunteered for years at Tanglewood, The Mount and the Berkshire Theater Festival. She was especially proud of her years of work to bring her son Peter, who is developmentally disabled, from a large institutional facility back to Stockbridge to live in a small group home. Marguerite was always very active in the community. She ran the Midway at the Berkshire Garden Center Festival for many years. Appointed in 1982, she served on the Stockbridge Planning Board for 17 years; plus lengthy service on the Stockbridge Historic Preservation Task Force, the CTSB community television board and the Berkshire County Council for Children and Elder Services. She worked as a librarian at the Stockbridge Library and as a secretary at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, where she was also a long time parish member and leader of the Altar Guild. Her sons will remember her as the consummate mom, always there for each of us, while instilling strong values to guide us in all we do. Her family extends special appreciation to the exceptional caring staff of Berkshire Medical Center, Fairview Commons and Hospice of Berkshire County. She is survived by her five sons, Peter of Stockbridge, Mass., Paul (Stephanie ) of Stuart, Fla., Mark of Amesbury, Mass., John (Martha) of Washougal, Wash., and Matthew (Beth) of Potsdam, N.Y., and three grandchildren. She was predeceased by her former husband, Edward P. Bullwinkel, of Roswell, Ga. FUNERAL NOTICE: A service celebrating the life of the late Marguerite Bullwinkel will be held Friday, June 1, 2012 at 10 a.m. at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Stockbridge. There will be no calling hours. Donations in memory of Marguerite may be made to the ASPCA (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals), PAWS (People Helping Animals), or the Berkshire County Children's Advocacy Center through FINNERTY & STEVENS FUNERAL HOME, 426 Main Street, Great Barrington, MA 01230. Remembrances and reflections may be sent to the family through www.finnertyandstevens.com

Published in The Berkshire Eagle on Mar. 29, 2012
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