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Monday, April 27, 2015

Marguerite Bonthuis, 85

Marguerite (Margo) Bonthuis of Saratoga Springs, N.Y., a former Westport resident, died April 11. She was 85.

Born in 1930, she was raised in Minneapolis, Minn., where she lived until her graduation from the University of Minnesota. She taught in Rochester before accepting the position of executive director at the Jack & Jill Nursery School in Aurora, Ill. It was in Aurora that she met her husband of 59 years, Merle Bonthuis.

They began married life in Schenectady, N.Y. She enjoyed raising daughters, Martha and Sara, curling at the Schenectady Curling Club, teaching kindergarten at Riverside and Howe schools, hosting students in the Experiment in International Living Program, and volunteering at the YWCA.

Following a move to Westport, she worked at the Silvermine Guild of Artists where she contributed greatly to the director, students, and artists associated with the Silvermine School.

Upon retirement, the couple moved to Saratoga Springs. A great lover of the visual and performing arts, she took full advantage of the cultural offerings in and around Saratoga Springs and volunteered at the National Dance Museum and the Arts Center in Saratoga Springs. A collage artist, she had her works shown in local galleries.

She is survived by her family, Merle Bonthuis; Martha, John, and Alexis Sutyak; Sara Bonthuis and Pat Sullivan.

Her family invites relatives and friends to calling hours Thursday, April 30 from 4 to 6 p.m. at the William J. Burke & Sons/Bussing & Cunniff Funeral Homes, 628 North Broadway, Saratoga Springs.

Margo was a great believer in the value of a handwritten letter. In lieu of flowers, family and friends are encouraged to send a note to a family member or friend.


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