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Margaret L. RolfeMargaret (Margot) Louise Rolfe 92, passed away Wednesday, January 13, 2021 in Holland, Michigan. She was born April 7, 1928 in Kalamazoo, Michigan the daughter of Margaret and Fred LaCrone. Margot grew up in Kalamazoo, graduated from State High in 1946 and earned a bachelor's degree in elementary education from Western Michigan College of Education. She taught for twenty-five years, the majority of which was spent teaching kindergarten at Northward Elementary School in Allegan, Michigan, where she treasured her students and the time she spent with them. Margot was married to James (Jim) Rolfe at St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Kalamazoo, Michigan on August 26th, 1951. They were married for 61 years. Margot was active in the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd and enjoyed working in the church’s fair booth. She also relished get togethers and outings with her Allegan teacher friends as well. She was quick witted and had a contagious laugh. There were two summer vacations that were especially memorable to Margot. A month-long trip traveling with Jim and all four daughters in a station wagon and a pop up camper out west, highlighted by a stop at the Grand Canyon. This also included a stay at a dude ranch in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado. The second was a trip to Florida to visit Disney World. Pentwater was a special place for Margot, spending summers at the family cottage on Lake Michigan. She hosted many gatherings with family and friends. Margot took great pleasure in playing group solitaire, which was fun, competitive, and down right loud at times, especially when her brother Fred was playing. She also enjoyed walking on the beach, spending time on the deck reading, and just appreciating the view. Once retired, Margot and Jim traveled to Florida for the winter and visited her brother's family in West Palm Beach and then to St. Augustine, soaking up the sunshine and making new snowbird friends. After the death of her husband Jim, Margot moved to the Warm Friend in downtown Holland. She made wonderful friends and delighted in the many activities offered there. Downton Abbey watch parties, live music, Rummikub games, field trips, tulip parades, and the wine and cheese receptions were some of her favorites. Surviving are her four daughters Peggy Rolfe, Marcia (Tom) Walter, Patty (John) Stoll and Diane (Victor) Perez, grandchildren Alisa (Leo) Cardenas, Evan, Connor and Garrett Stoll and Enrique Perez, great grandchildren Camille and Claire Cardenas, and Carol Ann Miller who was like a sister to her. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Jim, and her brother Reverend Fred LaCrone. According to her wishes cremation has taken place. A memorial service will be held later this summer. Contributions in memory of Margot can be made to Hospice of Holland or the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd in Allegan. The family is being assisted by Avink Funeral Home; 5975 Lovers Lane in Portage.
Margot and my mom were cousins and best buddies. I spent many summer days at the cottage on Lake Michigan and have so many fond memories of playing cards, walking the beach and going on driving adventures with the Rolfe family. I loved Margot's laugh especially. I can still here it in my mind.
Nancy Lohrenz Feb 10 2021 12:11 PM
I will always know her as Mrs. Rolfe, my unforgettable kindergarten teacher. So very kind and patient with a very quiet and shy little girl. I remember her introducing us the letter people and how I loved going to school. Such beautiful memories. Sending prayers of comfort to all who miss her.
Patty Heintzelman Jan 31 2021 7:51 PM
A candle was lit in memory of Margaret Rolfe
Diane Fleming retired hairdresser Jan 29 2021 10:41 PM
Prayers sent to the family and to all her friends and students. We were blessed to know her.
Alva Morgan Jan 29 2021 12:28 PM
So sorry for your loss. I bet she and Lu are catching up on a lot. What a sweet lady she was.
Janet Barber Melvin Jan 28 2021 12:58 PM
I have such wonderful memories. We did many church activities together and always had a great time with lots of laughs. She was such a good friend and always willing to help others. She will be missed by everyone that knew her. Sending love and prayers to her family and friends Rest in peace my friend.
Ann Stough Jan 28 2021 11:37 AM
Mrs. Rolfe was one of my kindergarten teacher's at West Ward, and a few years later one of my favorite newspaper people that was on my route, she always remembered my name and asked about my brothers and sisters. Fond memories of a wonderful.lady.
Kitty Livingston Jan 28 2021 8:37 AM
I had her for a Kindergarten Teacher and the last year she taught, she had my son as a Kindergartener. We both she was a special lady! Our thoughts go out to the family:pray:
Kim Jan 27 2021 11:30 PM
Mrs. Rolfe was my kindergarten teacher at West Ward School in Allegan. I remember she was pregnant with the twins and we were all so excited for her. She was very special. Later I had Mr. Rolfe as a middle school teacher at L.E. White Jr High. We often talked about the girls. I loved them both. My heart goes out to the family.
Judy E Hughes Jan 27 2021 9:46 PM
Thoughts and prayers to all of you on the passing of your Mom, Grandma and Great Grandma. I had many great times teaching at North Ward with Margot. She was a very special lady! Roxie Nevenzel
Roxie Nevenzel Jan 27 2021 9:24 PM