Margaret (Maggie) Huddle Arduser

Canandaigua, NY/Horseheads, NY/Toledo, OH: Born December 28, 1928, in Toledo, OH, passed away peacefully on August 12, 2018 at the age of 89. She is survived by her husband of 67 years, William N. Arduser, Sr., son, William N. (Mary) Arduser, Jr. and daughter, Leslie (Kevin) Arduser-Brogan, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.


Known for her love of music, art, theater and reading from a young age, Maggie was active in theater productions throughout her years at Scott High School and the University of Toledo. She was eventually joined by her husband, Bill, in theatrical pursuits at The Repertoire Little Theater of Toledo, OH for 16 years. Classical and show tunes were her favorite musical genres and Maggie could play them with equal aplomb on the piano. Her love of music and theater continued after a move to Horseheads, NY, in 1966, where Maggie and Bill became members (and remained so for 35 years) of Tri-Cities Opera in Binghamton, NY. They then joined the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra Concert Series, Geva Theatre Center in Rochester and Bristol Valley Theater in Naples, NY, upon moving to Canandaigua, NY, in 1989.


Only her passion for teaching could rival Maggie’s passion for music and theater. From Central Avenue School in Sylvania, OH, to Broad Street School in Horseheads, NY to Thomas K. Beecher School in Elmira, NY, Maggie spent 27 years determined to give her second and third graders the best education she could. Maggie pursued her own educational goals, as well, earning a Master’s Degree in Education from Elmira College. She also happily accepted an invitation to join Delta Kappa Gamma, the international honor society for women educators and was a proud member of the American Association of University Women.


Maggie’s quest for knowledge fueled her love for travel and her family was the beneficiary. Family summer vacations covered the eastern third of the US – from Maine to Florida, Illinois to the East Coast – and extended to Canada, Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands. From Cape Canaveral to panning for sapphires in NC to visiting the Smithsonian Museum to a dune buggy ride in MI to snorkeling in St. John, VI, her children were treated to experiences they will cherish forever.


The move to Canandaigua (and retirement from teaching) did not signal a lessening of pace. Maggie and Bill achieved lifetime membership status at the Canandaigua Yacht Club. Maggie also occupied her time as a volunteer at The Gallery on Main Street and became a docent at the Sonnenberg Mansion, both in Canandaigua.


As per Maggie’s wishes, there will be no formal service or calling hours. In lieu of flowers, those wishing may make a donation in Maggie’s name to one of the following organizations: the American Association of University Women, Delta Kappa Gamma, the American Heart Association or the American Lung Association.


  1. Dear Bill and Mary, what a beautiful and full life she had. She must have such an interesting women
    May she Rest In Peace and receive a glowing welcome with her angels to heaven. Bill how lucky you were to have had a Mom like that. Please express our condolences to your father. Sincerely,

    Frank and Barbara Fitzgerald

  2. Dear Bill and Mary,

    What a wonderful and full life your Mom lived. She certainly had a variety of wonderful interests.

    What a lucky man you are to have had such a Mom. Your various interests are certainly brought about

    by your special parents. Please extend our sympathy to your Dad who, I’m sure will find it difficult.
    May your Mom be greeted by her angels to assist her to heaven. To sing in choir with the best of the best.

    Sincerely, Barbara and Frank Fitzgerald. God bless you Bill and Mary

  3. Bill – Your Mom was a great 2nd grade teacher for son Randy. My husband Bill & I had several conversations re: Randy ;o( Your Dad was my husband’s boss at Thatcher Glass. My husband held your Dad in high Esteem. We also attended you wedding. I remember when you & my son Bill created the 1st hang glider. I drove your Mom nuts!!

    Best Regards to you & the Family

  4. So very sorry to hear of your mother’s passing. I remember meeting your mother and dad at the funeral for my uncle Ri. She was such a lovely lady. You were so very fortunate to have had your mom for so many years. I am sure you have many wonderful memories. May she Rest In Peace. Love, Lois and Marty

  5. I want the family to know how very shocked and sad at Maggie’s passing. I am. I remember having such a great time when we were together doing this or that. I’m so sorry for you all. She certainly will be missed. I write this with great love for her and the family.

  6. Mrs. Arduser was my 3rd grade teacher at Beecher school in Elmira, NY. She was a tough teacher but very good. I remember her sharing her trips with us and exposing us to other cultures. She introduced our class to pomegranates and to this day, it’s a fruit that I enjoy.

    Thank you for sharing her with us. I pray that God gives you comfort and strength during this difficult time.

  7. This wonderful woman was my teacher at Beecher school many years ago, and I am so grateful. She made learning exciting and fun. I so enjoyed her stilt walking at recess and her love of life in general. She was a gem and she touched so many lives. I offer condolences to her family and friends. Be comforted by your memories of her.

  8. I’m very sorry to hear about your loss. I went to school with Maggie, and was good friends with her brother Howard. I would love to hear how Howard is doing if anyone could forward his information to my email. I just turned 91 Monday, and wonder if he is still with us. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  9. I went to school with Maggie, and am very sorry for your loss. I was good friends with Howard, and would love to hear how he’s doing if he’s still with us; I just turned 91 Monday. Please feel free to email me with any contact information. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  10. Mrs. Arduser was one of my favorite teacher’s at T.K. Beecher Elementary school. I’m sorry to hear of her passing. She was so full of life! She was very energetic, motivating and had love and great compassion for whst she did. I’m glad and grateful for being in her class. She will not be forgotten.

  11. Having taught with Maggie many years ago,at Beecher school,I am sadden by her passing. She was a wonderful teacher who loved her students and provided an enriching environment for them. I also remember my son carrying a huge piano down several steps at her lake house,he worked for a moving company and was so impressed by how wonderful she was to those boys who were moving this huge piano. She kept apologizing about how sorry she was and how hard they had to work I also think she gave them a nice tip which they appreciated 😍what a legacy she has left🍀

  12. Mom would have been pleased to know that she made a difference in her students lives. Thank you everyone. Your thoughts mean a lot to us.

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