Kobolt, Margaret C.

June 13, 1931 - May 22, 2017

Margaret Carolyn Kobolt’s life journey began on a summer day in 1931 in a small farming community near Panama, Iowa.  It was there that her parents, Louis and Mathilda Kobolt, welcomed her. Her siblings Ferd, Helen, Alvin, Robert, Rita, and Patty also welcomed their new sister. While living on that farm, she attended the Catholic schools in Panama. After finishing elementary and high school, she left her younger siblings: Vince, Walter, and Elaine and moved to Kansas City.  There she entered a training program for radiology technicians at St. Luke’s Hospital. After graduation, she was very excited to drive to California with two classmates to find work and live there.  Her dislike of the cold Iowa winters enabled her to easily fall in love with the Mediterranean climate of Los Angeles.  She chose the Los Angeles area … first Westwood and then Huntington Beach, to be her home for the rest of her life.  Her concern about her daily exposure to radiation and what she considered to be inadequate protective gear caused her to rapidly exit the radiology field.  Her next stop was Inglewood, where for twenty years she managed the office and assisted two physicians in their ob/gyn practice.  By taking classes in the evening, she earned a bachelor’s degree, teaching credentials, and employment in the Los Angeles Unified School District. While teaching, she continued night classes at UCLA, and earned a master’s degree.  She worked as a reading specialist and delighted in watching the excitement as her first graders discovered a new world through reading.  After 25 years, she retired and used her extra time for her passion as a voracious reader of non-fiction.

She was fascinated with learning and experiencing the world and its different cultures.  She traveled extensively.  She explored most of the United States and nearly every inch of California. She could frequently be found bicycling through the California countryside on weekends.  She happily introduced California (and the wonder she saw there) to her many nieces and nephews who visited her.  Sadly, health issues made it necessary for her to relocate to Texas for care during the last few years of her life.

During her life, she mourned the passing of her parents and her siblings Ferd, Helen, Alvin, Robert, Rita, and Walter –and special long-time friend C.R. Axtell.  Her siblings Vince, Patty, and Elaine now mourn her, as do numerous nieces and nephews.

So, from Iowa through Kansas to California and numerous trips to all continents but Antarctica, Margie’s journeys ended in Texas on May 22, 2017 when Multiple System Atrophy took her life. Her severe movement disorder robbed her of the ability to socialize and meet new friends in Texas.  She soon came to love, treasure, and consider the many VNA Hospice personnel to be her family and friends.  Paul Ramier and Ginny Lombardi visited her weekly.  Margie’s face brightened when Karen Sholander appeared in the room with guitar or keyboard to play and sing songs Margie remembered from her youth.  She felt blessed to receive loving care at The Family’s Choice home in Richardson, Texas.

In her style of caring about others and wanting nothing for herself, Margie requested no services be held in her honor.



Arrangements are under the direction of:
ARIA Cremation Service & Funeral Home
19310 Preston Road, Dallas, Texas 75252

8 replies on “Kobolt, Margaret C.”

Teena Milliner says:

I loved taking care of my Margie.. she was the highlight of my day and we had a great time every day I came to see her. Her last hours on earth I got to see her and I gave her a kiss and told her to rest.. She will be greatly missed..

Elaine and Jerry Conner says:

A favorite memory of Margie occurred when we were standing outside the opera house in Paris many years ago. She shrieked loudly and I was certain she’d been shot. My knees became weak and I was afraid to look at her. She hadn’t been shot … she was reacting to a bird making a deposit in her hair. A quick treatment with the handi-wipes, a lot of laughter, and we were on our way again.
I learned so much from Margie these last few years. She was an example of dignity and grace in a very undesirable situation. I was in awe at how this independent woman could accept complete dependency without a whimper. God bless you, Margie

James & Jeanne Kobolt says:

Aunt Margie was such a fun and happy person to visit. We enjoyed taking her to the beach and many places in California, especially our trips to Polly’s Pies. She always had a smile and story to share.

One of the things we will always be grateful for occurred in 2009. Both Rob and Jean Kobolt passed within days of each other. She and her sister, Elaine, dropped everything and responded to the call of their family. We can never express enough gratitude for their selflessness.

Margie was a special person. We are blessed to have known her.

John Ahart says:

Aunt Margie told me that when she and her friends headed west to make new lives in California, they made the trip in an old hearse! It would have been fun to know her back in those days… I’ll remember her as a bright and kind lady.

Heather says:

Thinking of the Kobolt family during this difficult time. May the words of Isaiah 25:8 bring comfort, peace and hope. For Jehovah promises to swallow up death forever and wipe the tears from all faces. Please know you will be in my thoughts and prayers.

Lucy Pascarelli says:

Elaine and Jerry:
I am so sorry to hear of your loss. May she rest in peace and may God Bless you and your family.

Anne Vollink says:

This biography of Margie was amazing! While I read it, I was amazed at her sense of adventure and exploratory spirit! I learned so much about Margie today and am so impressed with her spirit and compassion. This was a beautiful story of a meaningful life that was well lived and mattered greatly. Right now Aunt Margie is exploring another beautiful place and her wings are free to fly high. Love you Margie! Miss you! Thank you for everything!

David Kobolt says:

I came to visit Aunt Marge when I was in high school and realized that she got it right by moving to California.
I fell in love with her apartment in Westwood and thought, this was the life for me so I moved to Los Angeles after college and was introduced to so many of the things she enjoy, LACMA art museum, walks on the beach after lunch at Polly’s Pies or the Fish Market.
She was always up for stimulating conversations about something she had read or a documentary she just watched. Aunt Marge always taught me something with every visit and challenged my thought process on many views. This world is truly missing a great lady. I will miss her. Thank You Aunt Elaine and Uncle Jerry for caring for her so tenderly.

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