Margaret (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.