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Margaret Wachtmeister passed away Feb. 17, 2018. She was born Jan. 31, 1943, in Syracuse, N.Y., to Walter Paul Scherr and Hattie (nee Gibson) Scherr. Following victory in World War II, her father attended Wittenburg University in Ohio earning a Doctor of Divinity degree. This provided Margaret fond memories of growing up on campus and traveling throughout the Mid-West where her father served as a supply pastor. She lived in Albany and Yorktown Heights where her father was a minister. She attended school in Albany and graduated from Yorktown Heights High School, class of 1961.
Margaret came to Plattsburgh in September of 1963 as a freshman at SUNY. On the first Sunday of the Semester she met her future husband, Fred Wachtmeister Jr. as they both were heading for the Lutheran Church. They were married on June 12, 1965, in Yorktown Heights by her father. Margaret was employed as a secretary at SUNY Plattsburgh and waited tables at the Monopole, a fine restaurant establishment at the time, putting Fred through college and graduate school. Margaret and Fred had two daughters, Liesl and Ericka. As President of the Broad St. PTO she initiated the annual auction which raised money for the school. She also served on the Title I Committee at Monty, now Momot Elementary School. Margaret was also active in the Presbyterian Church.
In the mid-1970s to 1980s Margaret was active in Women's issues attending conferences in Albany and Detroit, Mich., as well as the League of Women Voters locally. She lobbied state legislators on various issues. Eventually returning to college she earned an Associates Degree in Nursing from Clinton Community College and a BSN from Plattsburgh. She was employed as a nurse in the North Country.
Margaret and her family were appreciative of the support she received from the Clinton County Office of the Aging providing a variety of support especially having the North Country Home Services aides enabling Margaret to remain at home. The last three, Cheryl, Cynthia, and Jennifer along with Supervisor Ann Marie, made the last few years at home possible. Margaret valued visits to Ultra Wave where the staff were supportive and looked forward to Vickie's good care of her.
Margaret was predeceased by her parents, her sister Elizabeth Mansell, her grandparents Paul and Alma Scherr, her uncle Paul Scherr and her in-laws, Fred and Hermine Wachtmeister and Hermime's sister, Theresia Hockauf. She is survived by her husband, their daughters Liesl Fox-Dashnaw and Dr. Erika Wachtmeister, grandsons Nathanial Fox and Jacob Fox, brother-in-law David Mansell and his children and grandchildren.
At the family's request there will be no calling hours. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery in Plattsburgh in the Spring. The family requests that those that knew Margaret think about her. Those wishing so should consider making a contribution to NAMI, Elmore SPCA as well as a local food shelf.
Arrangements are in the care of the Hamilton Funeral Home, 294 Mannix Road, Peru, 643-9055. To offer an online condolence, share a symbolic gesture, or share a photo in memory of Margaret please visit www.hamiltonfuneralhome.com
Published on February 18, 2018
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