GloucesterTimes.com, Gloucester, MA

February 6, 2013

Margaret Marr Karcher, 91


Rockport, MA — Margaret Jane Kinghorn Marr was born in Aberdeen Scotland on June 18, 1921 and came to American in 1923 with her mother, Jessie, and older sister Mary to join her father, George, in Rockport, Massachusetts. Grandparents, and Aunt and Uncle joined them. Sisters Irene and Betty were born in the US. She lived on High Street in Rockport for most of her life. As teenagers, she and her sisters Mary and Irene sang advertising jingles on the radio. Margie, as she was known to her friends, graduated from Rockport High School and married Gloucester native Robert Karcher, whom she had met on the train to her job in Boston. After their three daughters, Judy, Jane and Dawn and nieces Karen and Betsy Brewer had grown, she went to Salem State College, completed her degree and taught third grade in the Essex Elementary school. She was the “Granny Graduate” when her first grandson, Rob Woseth, was born in 1972. During their 58 years of marriage, Margie and Bob enjoyed an active social life with friends and family traveling and entertaining. Margie loved to entertain and their home on High Street was remodeled with a large back porch for summer parties. Margie also loved walking on the beach and talking with her friends and family. Front beach was her second "home" when the children were small and then later on, Long Beach. In the winter she and Bob went skiing most weekends and school vacations in Bridgeton, Maine with children and grandchildren, nieces and nephews. She was also a lifelong member of the Rockport Methodist Church. She leaves her children, Judy Karcher-Garcia, Jane Hazzard and Dawn Berkander as well as her sister Betty Speck, grandchildren Rob Woseth, Doug Woseth, Nikki Casey, Kate Palk, Scott Hazzard and Nickolas Berkander; and great-grandchildren Logan and Quincy Woseth, Jordan and Julia Palk, and Regan Casey, and the many children and grandchildren of her three sisters.

ARRANGEMENTS: In keeping with her wishes, there are no visiting hours. Her funeral service will be held on Monday, February 11, 2013 at 9:30 a.m. in the Rockport Methodist Church, Broadway, Rockport. Family and friends are cordially invited. Her burial will be in Beech Grove Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in her memory to: Alzheimer’s Association, 311 Arsenal Street, Watertown, MA 02472. Arrangements are by the Burgess & Mackey Funeral Home, 201 Main St. Rockport. Online condolences may be given at: www.burgessandmackey.com