Margie Mysyk

Margie Mysyk, 66, of Montclair, Calif., passed away at her home on September 24, 2013, with family at her side.

She was born in Amsterdam on September 4, 1947, a daughter of Dymetro (Mike) and Eva Sywyk Mysyk and lived in Broadalbin for ten years. Margie later moved to Endicott, New York with her family. She was a 1965 graduate of Maine-Endwell High School and went on to graduate from the University of Nevada, Reno and the University of California, Berkeley, earning a BA in sociology.

Margie was employed as a research associate with Kaiser Permanente, Division of Research in Oakland, Calif. for thirty years, where she excelled at interviewing, field work, and clinic management. She had unparalleled energy, organization, productivity, and quest for the facts.

Margie came from and treasured the Ukrainian culture. She loved adventure and had a passion for life. Her love of the outdoors was shared with her husband, Bob, whom she met at a bluegrass festival thirty years ago. Margie’s greatest joy was attending and volunteering at Bob’s concerts with the Kensington Symphony where she was honored by having a symphony dedicated to her memory. She was a caring person who always placed others’ needs before her own. She was a free spirit, a life well lived.

In addition to her parents, Margie was predeceased by a sister, Mary Ellen Engard.

Survivors include her husband, Robert Blanshard; two sisters, Lucilla M. Sokol of Penacook, N.H. and Patricia M. Shafer of Endicott, N.Y.; aunts, nieces, nephews, and cousins.

A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, December 4, 2013, at 11 a.m. at the Robert M. Halgas Funeral Home Inc., 111 County Highway 106 (Corner of Route 29 and Black Street), Johnstown, with the Rev. Marian Kostyk. Final burial will take place at St. Basil’s Cemetery, Broadalbin. Memorial contributions may be made to the Music Ministry of St. Mark’s Church, 2300 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA 94704.