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.