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Margaret M. Schaller

1921 - 2018 Obituary Condolences
Margaret M. Schaller Obituary
Margaret M. Schaller died May 26, 2018 at the V.A. Hospital in Albany, NY, following a brief illness.She was born July 16, 1921 in Manchester, CT to parents Thomas Henry McCartan and Honora Theresa McCartan.She was predeceased by her brother, Thomas and sister, Kathleen. Her eldest son, Brian Michael Schaller passed away in 2010.She is survived by three children, Joan Schaller Bauer, Lee Schaller and Kevin David Schaller. She is also survived by seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.Margaret graduated with honors from Manchester High School in Manchester, CT. She was accepted into the Coast Guard during WWII and served as a Yeoman's First Class, SPAR, from 1943-1945, stationed in San Francisco. Margaret enjoyed those years in San Francisco very much and always had lively stories of her days in the service. She married Robert Leon Schaller, also a graduate of Manchester H.S. They lived in NJ, CA and NY eventually divorcing in 1971. Margaret lived in Santa Barbara, CA eventually returning to Syracuse, NY, and finally moving to Rotterdam, NY to be closer to her daughter, Lee.Margaret greatly enjoyed the fine arts, particularly classical music, ballet, and art museums. She traveled to Europe many times as well as Russia and China. She was physically active and was swimming laps well into her nineties. Our family wishes to extend our heartfelt appreciation to the wonderful staff at the Albany Veterans Administration Hospital for their compassionate care. Margaret wished to be remembered with these words; "Integrity, Compassion, and Generosity on the sly." She will be dearly missed by her family.A celebration of life will be held on July 22, 2018 at the Stockade Inn, 1 North Church, Schenectady, NY from 1 to 4 p.m.In lieu of flowers, please make a gift to the Fisher House Foundation, 79 Holland Avenue, Albany, NY 12208.For online condolences please visit: www.SimpleChoicesCremation.com.

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Published in The Daily Gazette on June 10, 2018
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