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Margaret Walden Tornquist LeSieur Bloom
1917 ~ 2012
Margaret Walden Tornquist LeSieur Bloom left today on a beam of God's light wearing fashionable silver and white wings, cloaked in a rose gold gown of eternal love given by family and friends.
She was born January 8, 1917 in Salt Lake City, Utah to Clara and Forrest Walden, and was preceded in death by her older sister, Elizabeth (Betty) MacLaughlin Larosee. She lived 95 years in good health and died, September 30, 2012 of natural causes.
Silence has fallen on a voice that remembered endless homilies, chuckled at silly humor and knew the lyrics of all popular songs written since 1920. Margy was an accomplished pianist, composer, painter and writer of poetry. She encouraged all forms of artisan in others.
To say she was an easy personality would be to underestimate her will and determination.
She was lovable and formidable, happy and nostalgic, irritating and charitable, creative and eccentric, a forgiver of all faults. We will all miss her terribly. The void can never be filled. She was by best definition, a woman of fashion with attraction to unconventional people, a strong lady, and an enigma with a certain je ne sais quoi "quality about her."
She attended Wasatch and Uintah Elementary Schools, Roosevelt Jr. High School, East High School and the University of Utah where she graduated with a BS in business and a minor in music.
She moved to San Francisco where she met and fell in love with Harold E. Tornquist. They married July 3, 1940. She lived in Whittier, California throughout the war years raising her first two children, John and Suzanne. After Harold returned from overseas they returned to Salt Lake City, Utah where he founded Inland Empire Insurance Co. On June 4th, 1950 their second daughter, Carolyn (Carrie), was born followed by their third daughter, Julie, Sept. 27th, 1952. Sadly, after 18 years and four children, their marriage ended in divorce.
After the divorce, she worked for the Utah State Highway Department as a private secretary. While working there, she met and married Sidney W. Le Sieur. Tragically, Sidney was killed in a military parachute jump in 1969, four years after their marriage.
Margy married Clarence Bloom November 22, 1975. He was a wonderful man who loved and cared for her for 24 years. He died on Pearl Harbor Day 1999. After his death, she moved to the Park Lane Apartments and lived there until 2008. Since that time she has lived at St. Joseph's and has been well cared for by outstanding nurses and staff.
She loved new shoes, parties, holidays, animals and most especially her dog, Sophie. She was a flirt to the end and favored the company of her son and sons-in-law. She was proud of her daughters and endlessly bragged to others about their creativity. She enjoyed her family, her friends, and her cousin Peggy. All of her grandchildren were "above average". She was a collector of memories and was the instigator of family gatherings. We will remember dinners in her home, summers at our cabin in Brighton, salt-water taffy pulls and her crazy driving for years to come.
Margaret is survived by her cousin Peggy Charles, children, John (Fran) Tornquist, Suzanne Tornquist (Michael Fletcher), Carrie (Keith) Neeld, Julie (Chris) Jacobson, grandchildren, Forrest Mason (Connie), Melissa Tornquist (Paul King), Wendy Miles (Craig), Cliff Butler (Lorien), Kip Butler, Charlie Jacobsen, Grace Poulsen (David) and six great-grandchildren.
Interment will be before the service:
Mount Olivet Cemetery
1342 East 5th South SLC, Ut.
An Episcopal funeral service will be held:
Friday, September 5th 2012 at 2 P.M.
Christus St. Joseph Villa Chapel
451 Bishop Federal Lane, Salt Lake City
(Off 5th East between 17th & 21st South)
A celebration of life will be held following the service at Lambs Cafe, 169 South Main, SLC, UT.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to:
Best friends Animal Society-Utah (formally No More Homeless Pets in Utah)
Phone: 435. 644.2001, ext 4801 Fax: 435.644.2078 8029 So. 700 East, Sandy, Ut 84070 or the Humane Society of Utah PO Box 573659, Murray, Ut. 84157-3659
Published in Salt Lake Tribune from Oct. 3 to Oct. 5, 2012
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