Margarethe (Maggi) Caroline Schon


November 28, 2019

Margarethe (Maggi) Caroline Schon, wife of the late Julian Schon, passed away on Thursday, November 28, 2019 in Cannondale, Connecticut. 

Born February 25, 19– (she could always keep a secret) in Park Ridge, Illinois, she was the daughter of Carl Oscar and Margarethe Tolf. 

Leaving Park Ridge to study at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York, she performed with the USO in WWII and landed roles in off-off Broadway productions. Upon marrying she lived overseas for many years (China, the Philippines, Greece, Spain, Lebanon, Okinawa and Uganda). She was always active in the theater and played Peter Pan and the Wicked Witch of the West thousands of miles from Broadway in Beirut. 

She later received a Master’s Degree in Education from Fordham University, which she applied in positions at the Job Corps and as Museum Director at the Children’s Museum in Tucson, AZ. 

Margarethe was an intrepid traveler, an extensive reader and a masterful party-giver. 

Survived by children Jeffrey and his spouse Joëlle of Westport and Nairobi, Kenya, Gregory of Tucson, Christine and her spouse José of Los Angeles and Geneva, Switzerland; grandchildren Zachary of Tucson, Chloé of Montclair, and Caroline of Los Angeles; and two great- granddaughters. In addition to her husband Julian, she was predeceased by her brothers Carl and Robert. 

As Margarethe and Shakespeare would say, “All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players; they have their exits and their entrances…” She would also say “life is short, eat dessert first”. 

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