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Margaret Shafer
Charlotte, NC
Margaret Buckley Shafer, 63, of Charlotte, NC, died November 18, 2012. Born in Utica on January 20, 1949 Margaret was the eldest child of Michael H. and Elizabeth Sexton Buckley. Margaret attended elementary school at Our Lady of Lourdes in Utica, high school at Utica Catholic Academy, and the Academy of Mount Saint Vincent, Tuxedo Park, NY, and Rosemont College in Rosemont, PA. In 1971 after returning home she met James V. Shafer at WADR in Remsen, NY. Jim was a young radio disc jockey working at WADR and a romance soon developed and they married in 1972. Margaret gave birth to their daughter, Molly in 1973 and son, Michael in 1976. The family moved around the country as Jim worked as a radio announcer, and settled permanently in Charlotte in 1991. Her entire career was in broadcasting and advertising. She was an on-air talent on television as Miss Margaret on Uticas local Bozo Show. She even had her own fan club at Hamilton College. She cherished her time with her family. We all have countless memories of skiing, snowmobiling and the famous apre ski activities at the family ski home Winter Lachen at Snow Ridge, in Turin, NY! She continued to grow her career in broadcast and media, eventually forming her own agency and media buying service, The Media Company, which she owned and operated. Her true love was Jim, to whom she was married for 40 years. She traveled the country with him, taking care of their family as he grew his career, all the while making lifelong friends and hilarious memories. A true force of nature who brightened any room the moment she walked in, her many friends in media, advertising, television and radio will attest to their honesty, caring and forthrightness; qualities that she valued in herself and others. She knew how to make everyone feel comfortable, and her bawdy sense of humor and impeccable timing made a lasting impression. Tremendously proud of her children, her family was remarkably close and fiercely loyal to one another, Her two granddaughters, Kate and Emma, cherished their silly Mimi, who played with them like a child herself and spoiled them rotten. She is survived by her husband, Jim, daughter, Molly Shafer Carroll, son, Michael Shafer, son-in-law Troy Carroll, and granddaughters, Kate and Emma, all of Charlotte, NC. She is also survived by her brothers and sisters, Michael W. and Cecelia C. Buckley, of Steamboat Springs, CO, Paul J. and Sheila G. Buckley, of Utica, Anne M. Buckley, Mary B. and Lawrence J. Combs, of Clinton, NY, Stephen A. and Debra C. Buckley, of Malibu, CA. Sister-in-law, Karen Rollins, and her husband, Tom, Laurens, NY, and 16 nieces and nephews. The family would like to thank everyone for their love and support. We will hold close the amazing memories of our wife, mother and sister, as there will never be another woman with equal parts moxie, loyalty and charisma! There will be a Memorial Mass held Saturday, December 15th, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. in the Newman Center at Utica College. Online messages of sympathy go to www.dfwefh.com
Margaret Shafer
Published in The Observer-Dispatch on Dec. 9, 2012
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