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Margaret Birk Schodt (March 15, 1918 - February 19, 2013) Margaret Schodt, n‚e Margaret Louise Birk, died of natural causes in Charlottesville, Virginia, on Tuesday, February 19, 2013, three weeks short of her 95th birthday. Margie, as she liked to be called, was born in Portsmouth, Ohio, on March 15, 1918, at the home of her grandmother, while her father was away serving in the United States Army during World War I. The elder of two daughters of W. Otto and Margaret Graf Birk, Margie was raised in Boulder, Colorado, where her father was a professor. She enjoyed hiking and skiing in the mountains in the winter and swimming in the summer; she was an accomplished diver. She also read voraciously, and she was an avid musician who enjoyed playing the piano and singing. After graduating from high school, she attended the University of Colorado, where she majored in French and was active in the Honorary Romance Language Fraternity and the French Club. Her senior year, she served as president of the University Women's Club and was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa, graduating with honors in 1940. That same year, just as France fell to Hitler's forces, she received an award from the French government for her language proficiency. Margie pursued graduate work in French at UC Berkeley and at Colorado. In May of 1942, she moved to Washington, D.C., to be near Eddie W. Schodt, whom she had met at Colorado, and they were married on the 23rd of that month. That same year, Eddie was inducted into the United States Army and trained on both coasts, and Margie followed him out to the West Coast to be near him. Both before and after Eddie's deployment overseas, she worked at the Department of Justice and the FBI, and the Signal Corps, in Washington, D.C. Following the war, Margie and Eddie had two sons, David and Frederik. And when Eddie began his long career working for the Foreign Service, Margie was soon able to enjoy traveling (which she always loved) more than she had probably ever dreamed possible. Starting in 1955, the family lived in Norway for five years, then Australia for five years, and then Tokyo, Japan, until 1967. After a year in Missoula, Montana, Margie and Eddie served in Okinawa and then moved to Thailand, where Margie edited a magazine titled Sawaddi. Following Eddie's retirement from the Foreign Service in 1974, they lived in Evian-les-Bains, France, and Bushey, England, where they managed the overseas branch of the United States International University. After they returned to the United States, they divided their time between Arlington, Virginia, and Black Mountain, North Carolina, where they built a summer home which they called Jantusa (an acronym for Japan, Australia, Norway, Thailand, and the USA). In 1996, Margie and Eddie moved into Westminster Canterbury of the Blue Ridge, in Charlottesville, Virginia, for the remainder of their years. Margie was preceded in death by Eddie, to whom she was married for 66 years. She is survived by her sister, Mary Frances McComb; two children and their spouses, David W. Schodt and his wife, Elizabeth Ciner, and Frederik L. Schodt and his wife, Fiammetta Hsu; two grandchildren, Sara and Christopher; and numerous nieces and nephews and dear friends. She was a wonderful wife, mother, mother-in-law, grandmother, aunt, sister, and friend. For several decades of her life, she had severe and crippling rheumatoid arthritis, but she never let it stop her, and she retained her good nature and wit until the end. She inspired all who knew her with her independent spirit, her composure, and her poise, and she is dearly missed. The family particularly wants to thank the staff of Westminster Canterbury of the Blue Ridge, who cared for her so well in her last years. This obituary was originally published in the Daily Progress.