Margaret L. Ottenbacher (nee Reault) Dec. 5, 1935 - Apr. 29, 2012 Resident of Walnut Creek Former Resident of Moraga Maggie passed away peacefully on Sunday April 29 at her home in Rossmoor, Walnut Creek, CA at age 76. She is survived by her two children, Kathy Renner of Pleasant Hill, CA and John Ottenbacher of Reno, NV, her son-in-law Chris Renner and two grandchildren Megan and Lauren Renner. She is also survived by her brother Bob Reault and sister-in-law Pat of Manchester, CT (formerly of Danville, CA) and sister-in-law Hilda Reault of Livonia, MI and nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her brother Jack Reault. Born on December 5, 1935 in Lansing, Michigan to Joseph E. and Nina Louise Jeffreys Reault, Maggie grew up in Detroit, Michigan and graduated from Mumford High School. She attended Albion College and graduated from the University of Michigan with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Education. She and her Delta Gamma sorority friends decided to head west to California for some adventure to begin her career as an elementary school teacher in Coronado, CA. After her marriage in February 1961, she relocated to the San Francisco bay area and continued teaching in Richmond, CA. Moving to Moraga, CA in 1967, Maggie became a homemaker and active in her children's activities and in the community. Specifically, she was a member of the Garden Club, Friends of the Moraga Library and Moraga Valley Presbyterian Church and volunteered with the boy scouts and girl scouts, just to name a few. As her children grew older, she started working at the Moraga Sun Newspaper (eventually becoming part of the Contra Costa Times), in circulation. Her last employer before retirement was Coldwell Banker Real Estate in Orinda and Lafayette. Upon her divorce in 1987, Maggie began a new chapter as an independent single lady. She became active in the Singleship ministry at Lafayette-Orinda Presbyterian Church. In 2000, she moved to Rossmoor, where she kept busy with monthly luncheons, book club, water aerobics and ushering for theatre and concerts in the area. She also edited the Cal Singles newsletter and volunteered at the Oakland Museum White Elephant Sale. In addition, she traveled to Europe, Alaska, and the Panama Canal and saw sights around the U.S. She most especially enjoyed time with her granddaughters and annually took them to see the Nutcracker Story at the Lesher Theatre. The family wishes to thank all the people who gave her care, comfort, joy and companionship during the past few years, especially her neighbors, caregivers and her doctor at Kaiser Neurology. A memorial service is planned at Moraga Valley Presbyterian Church on Wednesday May 16 at 11:00 am. Memorial gifts may be made to Meals on Wheels 1300 Civic Drive, Walnut Creek, CA 94596.
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Published in Contra Costa Times from May 5 to May 7, 2012