margaretvan auken

March 2, 1957 ~ August 30, 2019

Resided in: Akron, OH

Margaret Susannah Calkins Van Auken, 62, passed away on Friday, August 30, 2019, after a courageous, year-long battle with breast cancer. Born in 1957 and raised in Falls Church, VA, Maggie, as she was fondly known by so many, loved to garden, was an avid reader, made friends easily, and adored spending time at the beach. Her love of laughter was her signature. Her two daughters were her biggest pride and joy.

Maggie earned her BA in Psychology from Marietta College, Marietta OH (1979) and attended JEB Stuart High School in Falls Church, VA (1974.)

She is preceded in death by her parents G. Nathan Calkins, Susannah Eby Calkins; sisters Helen (1978) and Sarah (2000). Maggie is survived by her daughters Susannah (Paul) Lich and Abbey Van Auken; beloved grandchildren Leah, Ryker, and Griffin Lich; and sister Abigail (Francisco) Calkins Aguirre.

A Celebration of Life will be held on Sunday, September 15, 2019, at 10 AM at Hummel Funeral Home, 3475 Copley Rd., Copley, OH, with Pastor Michael Mancari officiating. There will be an open time for sharing memories. A private interment will take place at a later date.

Maggie adored dogs, in particular her 12-year old German Shepherd Dixon (who predeceased her in early August.) In lieu of flowers, donations in Maggie’s honor can be made to One of a Kind Pet Rescue ( or a cancer charity of your choice.

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