The Free Press, Mankato, MN

Obituary section

February 23, 2010

Margaret C. Buck

Margaret C. Buck, known to many as “Mardy”, died peacefully on February 18, 2010, at age 87 due to complications of dementia. Mardy had been a resident at Sunrise Cottage of Mankato for the past 18 months. She was predeceased by her parents, the Reverend Harry W. Buck and Anna Mayer Buck, her sister Lucy Buck Lehman, her brother-in-law Ken Lehman, and her devoted friend, Dr. Jane Ann Roberts.

She is survived by several cousins and a host of devoted friends.

Mardy retired from a 37 year teaching career at Mankato State University in 1990 as Professor of Health and Physical Education. She was instrumental in developing the Developmental and Adaptive Physical Education program offered at MSU. She graduated from North High School in Minneapolis in 1940. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Biology from Macalester College in 1944, a Master of Science in Physical Education from the University of Iowa in 1950, and a PhD in Physical Education from the University of Iowa in 1967. Mardy and her sister Lucy worked for the American Red Cross in Germany during WWII. She was very proud of this service.

Mardy enjoyed traveling, swimming, golfing, and spending time with her family and friends. She was a long-time member of the First Presbyterian Church of Mankato and other professional organizations. Mardy will be missed by all who were touched by her kindness, generosity and devotion. A special thanks is given to the care staff at Sunrise Cottage and to the extraordinary support provided by Elder Care Services staff.

A Memorial Service will be held to celebrate Mardy’s life on Friday, February 26, 2010, at the Landkamer-Johnson-Boman Funeral Home in Mankato, MN, at 2:00 p.m. with visitation one hour prior to the service. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the MSU Foundation Developmental/Adapted PE Endowment Fund in memory of Margaret Buck, or donor’s choice.

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