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Marguerite 'Margie' Cole Koester 84 died peacefully surrounded by her family on January 6 2011. The loss will be felt deeply by all who knew her. Born in Pittsburgh she moved to Akron with her family in 1976 and came to consider it her home. She always said her greatest accomplishment was her nine children who had the profound privilege to be raised by this extraordinary woman. Intelligent well read and unabashedly liberal in her politics she taught us all about activism and social justice. She volunteered for the American Friends Service Committee and worked for Planned Parenthood. She once had business cards printed that read 'Marge Koester Knitting and Peace Consultant'. 'Momma Blossom' was a spiritual person who loved music poetry laughter and above all family. She maintained the art of letter writing throughout her life corresponding with friends family prisoners and well known figures. Her hobbies included sewing knitting and origami. She folded thousands of origami cranes and flowers which will now serve as loving reminders of her colorful and generous spirit. Survivors include son John (Barbara Jones) son Charlie (Della) daughter Mary Carol son Greg (Todd Vasse) daughter Jeanne Marselles (Gene) son Harry daughter Margo Kernen (Bob) son Dan (Heidi) daughter Kate sister Cookie Thomas (Jim) grandchildren Vicki (John) Emily (David) Jesse Selina (Jon) Sarah Rachel Rebecca Chelsea Madison Eva and Margaret former husband Charles (Liz) and many beloved nieces nephews extended family and dear friends. She looked forward to being reunited in death with her brother Jack her parents several boyfriends and other cherished family and friends. Family and friends will be welcomed at Hummel Funeral Home 500 E. Exchange St. on January 7 from 11am - 1 pm and January 8 from 3:00 - 4:00 pm with services immediately following. In lieu of other remembrances memorial donations may be made to American Friends Service Committee or Hospice of Visiting Nurse Service.

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