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
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