Margaret Kretschmar
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October 26, 1932 ~ July 15, 2015

Margaret Linton Kretschmar died peacefully, surrounded by her daughters, sister, and caregivers on July 15, 2015. She was born October 26, 1932 in Boston, MA. A graduate of Mt. Holyoke College and Columbia School of Occupational Therapy, she came to the Pacific Northwest in 1959 to work at the Oregon Health Sciences University where she met and married Paul O. Kretschmar, a physician with the Vancouver Clinic. Margaret was known for her devotion to her daughters and their public schools in Vancouver. She had an adventuresome spirit and loved gardening and entertaining in her home. Margaret was very active with the Clark County Medical Auxiliary, serving as President for a number of years. She was an enthusiastic supporter of the arts, particularly the Portland Opera and Oregon Ballet Theater, where she served on the board for many years.
Margaret is survived by four daughters, nine grandchildren, and three sisters. She was preceded in death by her daughter in 1968 and her husband in 2008.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Oregon Ballet Theater or the Portland Opera.
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Published in The Columbian on Jul. 26, 2015.
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August 8, 2015
Dear Daughters and family, I fill so honored and blessed to have even been a small part of this amazing lady's journey. She set the bar high for passion, family, and living her life to the fullest. I will truly miss my dear friend!
My thoughts and prayers are with you all through this difficult time..
Debi Shults
July 29, 2015
We will miss this beautiful, tremendous lady who was so well liked, respected, and recognized by everyone in our community as a caring human being.
Duke & Lynne Simpson/Dawson
July 29, 2015
Oh I will miss the light of down town vancouver! Loved popping in to saw hi, helping with something, and chatting for a while! Loved her garden and her personality! She was so positive about life and had so much energy! Loved going to ballets with her in Portland and Vancouver! She was such an amazing woman and will be greatly missed! So glad I got to say goodbye to her on Tuesday 7/14/15! Loved that vibrant woman!
Eileen LaFavor
July 29, 2015
I will always remember my special times with Margaret; a ballet experience in Portland, St. Luke's Antique Bazaar, a swim in her beautiful pool, freshly baked Plum Tart in the Fall and more.
She had boundless energy for so many things that made our community better. I will miss our friendship.
All of you are in my heart and thoughts during this sad time. Hugs and Love.
Joanne Fitzwilson
July 29, 2015
Margaret was in a class of her own. She was amazing in all her her passions, was a continuous learner, was generous and kind. We will miss her and we know Paul was waiting for her with open arms.
The Vancouver Clinic
July 28, 2015
Dear Daughters, I'm so sorry to learn of your Mom's passing. I would alway enjoy running into her at the woodland nursery to see what plants she was buying and planting in her yard each year. My prayers are with you and the family. I worked with your Dad Dr. 10 for 30 years. I know your family misses both of them. Mindy Ludolph
July 26, 2015
Sending my condolences to the family. May God give you strength and peace during this difficult time. (Psalm 29:11)
July 26, 2015
Dear Margaret's Family,
I just found out this morning and want you all to know how very, very much my heart is with you all. I will miss Margaret terribly. Her active, generous mind, her curiosity and love of the arts, her wonderful sense of humor and total lack of self indulgence. What a lovely person we have all lost. I will be looking for her at the ballet for a long time. With sympathy and love, Carol Shults
July 26, 2015
we highly admired Margaret. I used to come to her house years ago for AFS meetings! my daughter, Jennifer, was an exchange student and Margaret was involved in AFS at that time also. I would see Margaret eating alone at our restaurant, Burgerville, in the heights! plus shopping at Grand Central Fred Meyer. she was a smart, kind and nice lady! she will be missed by all.
Kathy Propstra Mears
July 26, 2015
Holding the Kretschmar daughters and their families in my heart. The courage and fortitude Margaret possessed despite her polio-related challenges will never be fully appreciated by those of us who benefitted from her generosity and hard work. Whether it was raising her beautiful and talented family, entertaining her wide circle of friends, or supporting community development, Margaret gave it her all, never advertising the uphill physical battle she had to overcome to manage it all. She was one strong lady. Rest in peace, Muggles.
Martha Brettschneider
July 26, 2015
Margaret Kretschmar was a delightful person and always knew where she wanted to devote her boundless energies. Her love of opera was contagious. She will be missed in our community.
Donna Roberge Nozel
Donna Roberge Nozel
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