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Margaret Mary Thompson passed away unexpectedly on July 21, 2022, at her home in Fairport, NY at the age of 74. Born in the Bronx, NY, to Stanley J. & Margaret Lewand, Margaret moved to Long Island with her family as a young child. She later moved to Point Pleasant Beach, NJ, to start a family with her husband Walter (Tom). Soon after, a work transfer brought them to Pittsford, NY. Her love for the arts and volunteering led her to the Memorial Art Gallery at the University of Rochester. Margaret held many positions there, finally becoming president of the Gallery Council and overseeing the Clothesline Arts Festival for many years. She enjoyed the time she spent with her friends in the Powder Mills Park Garden Club and was a proud member of the Upper Saranac Lake Association in the Adirondacks where she spent countless summers by the lake with family and friends. Margaret’s love of entertaining led her to Lindsey’s in Bushnell’s Basin, NY, where she assisted her clients in selecting crystal, silver and fine china for their special events. She loved to throw a party! Among her many other interests, she loved reading, gardening, and decorating. In recent years, needlepoint became her passion, from which she created many works of art.
Margaret is survived by her husband Walter R. (Tom) Thompson III, their children Tracey Smallidge (Stephen), Jennifer Larkin (Edwin), Matthew S. Thompson (Elizabeth S. Hayes), Margaret-Mary Schuber (Jason), her grandchildren Zoë, Zane & Zeke Smallidge & Samuel Schuber and her siblings Helene Lewand, Stefanie Crean & Theodore Lewand. Margaret had a caring and generous heart and loved her children most of all. She leaves us with many wonderful memories and will be missed by all.
A memorial service will be held at St. Louis Church, Pittsford, NY, on Friday, August 5th at 1:00pm, followed by interment at White Haven Cemetery, Pittsford, NY. A reception will follow at Oak Hill Country Club, Pittsford, NY, at 3:00pm. In lieu of flowers, as Margaret was a lover of the arts, a tribute may be made in her name to the Memorial Art Gallery at the University of Rochester, NY.