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McAuley High School, Toledo, Ohio

Marguerite Michaels ’63 passed away

Posted by mcauleyhighschool on August 10, 2017

Obituary photo of Marguerite Michaels, Toledo-Ohio

Marguerite Ann Michaels, died March 20, 2017 from complications due to Parkinson’s disease. Her family and friends were by her side.

Marguerite was born on July 30, 1945 to the late Olga and John Michaels, in Bridgeton New Jersey. Marguerite graduated from McAuley High School in Toledo, Ohio and from there entered the order of The Sisters of Mercy in Cincinnati, Ohio.

She left the convent after 2 years, and graduated from Southern Illinois University with a BA in English. She then attended and earned a Masters of Science in Journalism from Columbia University in New York City.

After graduating from Columbia, she began work at Time Magazine as one of the first women reporter-researchers in the early 1970’s. She left Time after several years, and went to work as a writer at Parade Magazine.

While at Time, she covered many different events; from an uprising in Liberia where she was taken prisoner for several days, to cover stories on people such as Slobodan Milosevic, former President of Serbia, and Yoweri Museveni, President of Uganda.

At Parade Magazine, she interviewed many different personalities, such as Arnold Schwarzenegger, Dolly Parton and George Steinbrenner.

On sabbatical from Parade, she wrote a docu-drama called Showing The Flag, about life in an American Embassy in Bogota, Colombia. It was published in 1982 by Simon & Schuster.

Returning to Time in the early 1980’s, she became the first woman Bureau Chief in Nairobi, Kenya and spent several years there covering Kenya and surrounding sub-Saharan countries. Returning to the US, she continued working for Time in New York City, and also wrote pieces for The Council on Foreign Relations, such as Retreat from Africa.

Marguerite was an avid art collector, and over a period of many years collected an outstanding collection of Japanese prints and paintings. She donated the entire collection to the Art Institute of Chicago in the early 2000’s.

She was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 2007, then Lewy Body disease, and in 2014, entered Sunset House, a retirement and assisted living community. She has spent many good years at Sunset, bringing a smile and her indomitable spirit to the community there.

She is survived by her adoring sister, Lauren. She has also been surrounded by many good and dear friends: Jennifer, Diana, Sadie, Cindy and Patt, as well as by her many friends at Sunset House.

In lieu of flowers, Marguerite has donated her brain to the Gardner-McMaster Parkinson Center in Toledo, Ohio. All other donations can be made to Sunset House Retirement Communities, Sunset House, 4020 Indian Road, Toledo Ohio 43606 or sunset-communities.org in the name of Marguerite Michaels.

Link can be found here: http://sunset-communities.org/give/

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