OBITUARY

Dr Margaret M. Jacobson Bubolz Ph.D.

November 9, 1925February 4, 2012

Margaret M. Bubolz East Lansing Margaret (Peg) Bubolz died February 4, 2012 in Lansing, Michigan. She was born Margaret Jacobson in 1925 on a farm near New York Mills, Minnesota, to Finnish-American parents, Richard and Lillian (Pihlaja) Jacobson and was one of eight children. She was active in 4H and received a BA degree in home economics education at the University of Minnesota. After graduation she taught public school home economics, then entered the Minnesota Cooperative Extension Service. Margaret earned an MA degree at Cornell and PhD at Purdue in sociology. She worked at Pennsylvania State University, then Michigan State in the Cooperative Extension Service where she was Assistant and Associate Professor, then professor and chairperson of the Department of Family and Child Sciences from 1969-1974. She married George C. Bubolz Sr. in 1971 and joyfully inherited his family. The couple celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary before his death. His family treasured her position as their matriarch. She received the Distinguished Faculty and Honorary Alumni Awards at Michigan State. Until her retirement in 1991, she taught and conducted research on quality of life. After retirement, she continued writing, consulting, and speaking nationally and internationally. She was one of the foremost contemporary thinkers and theorists in family-centered human ecology.

Preceding her in death were her parents and her siblings, Richard, Ernst, Theodore, Elsie, and Dorothy, her husband and stepson, George C. Bubolz, Jr. She is survived by her by husband’s family: Joanne Bubolz Eicher, St Paul, MN, and Marianne Bubolz, Okemos; her grandchildren, Cynthia Eicher (Blake Johnson), St Paul, MN, Carolyn Eicher (Andy Zink) San Luis Obispo, CA; Diana Eicher, St Paul, MN; George Bubolz III (Charlotte Stafford), Okemos; Eric (Karen Sanders) Okemos; Julie Tikalsky (Paul), Sandy, Utah; and great grandchildren Spencer and Isabella Johnson; Wiley and Sabina Zink; Keith and Violet Eicher; Brooke and Erik Bubolz; Kendall, Sal, and Maya Bubolz; Peter and Daniel Tikalsky. She also leaves behind her sister, Helen (Fred) Allen, Seguin, Texas; brother George (Bernice) Jacobson, New York Mills, MN; sister-in-law Ethel Jacobson, New Prague, MN; and 24 nieces and nephews.

Margaret’s family wishes to thank special friends Linda Nelson, Suzanne Sontag, Carl and Shirley Eicher, Dean Ford, and Lauren Montalvo and others who gave support during her recent illness, especially, Rosemary Walker, Elaine Williams, Alice Whiren, and Joanne Keith. They appreciate the care given by Dr. Mia Michelina.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, February 25, 2012, 11:00 a.m. at the University Lutheran Church, 1020 S. Harrison, East Lansing, MI 48823. The family will receive friends 1 hour prior at the church. I lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to MSU College of Social Science, Human Ecology Legacy Fund, 300 Spartan Way, East Lansing, MI 48824-9911 or the church in memory of Margaret. On line condolences may be made at www.greastlansing.com

Services

  • Memorial Service Saturday, February 25, 2012
  • Visitation Saturday, February 25, 2012
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Lin Nelson-Mayson

March 7, 2012

Dr. Bubolz was a life-long supporter of learning and a member of the Goldstein Museum of Design fron its origin in 1976 to its present home in the College of Design. Our thoughts are with her extended family as they remember her compassion and intellect.

March 5, 2012

Many people all over the world -related to Human Ecology at MSU- certainly are feeling so sorry like me, remembering a great mentor. She was a well recognized professor and a wise theoretical thinker at the Collegue of Human Ecology characterized by her warmth and her comunicative style of teaching.
In many "human" way, she promoted our selfconfidence and development. Dr Bubolz devoted us a generous attitude and offered a living example to all, including international students like me, and also to my family.
Dr. Nelson helped me to kept my contact with her through time and distance and -like Janine, my collegue and friend- feel like I also carry the torch of the ecological model in my job day by day..
Her wisdom, vision, charisma and possitive way to approach the life will be always with me as an example of "shaping destiny through every day life"
Peace to her spirit forever

Elena Hidalgo de Avila
Argentina. South America

March 5, 2012

Many people all over the world -related to Human Ecology at MSU- certainly are feeling so sorry like me, remembering a great mentor. She was a well recognized professor and a wise theoretical thinker at the Collegue of Human Ecology characterized by her warmth and her comunicative style of teaching.
In many "human" way, she promoted our selfconfidence and development. Dr. Margaret Bubolz devoted us a generous attitude and offered a living example to all, including international students like me, and also to my family.
Dr. Linda Nelson helped me to kept my contact with her through time and distance and -like Janine, my collegue and friend- feel like I also carry the torch of the ecological model in my job day by day.
Her wisdom, vision, charisma and possitive way to approach the life will be always with me as an example of "shaping destiny through every day life"
Peace to her spirit forever

Elena Hidalgo de Avila
Argentina. South America

Raija Manning

February 25, 2012

My thoughts and prayers are with all the family members at this time. I have many wonderful memories of times spent with the Eicher and Bubolz families. The last time I saw Margaret and the Eicher girls was at a luncheon in Margaret's home. She and the girls made appleskivers for us to enjoy and they were so delicious.
Margaret influenced me with her positive look on life. I'll always cherish her memory.

Janine Sinno Janoudi

February 25, 2012

Margaret was a great professor and mentor to me in my PhD program in 1987. When I was a new international student coming from war torn Lebanon, she helped me believe in the US as a good refuge and where hard work and good ethics could lead us to success. I kept my contact with her long after my graduation and feel like I carry the torch of the ecological model in my job every day to build healthier communities for all. May she rest in peace...Respectfully,
Janine Sinno Janoudi

February 24, 2012

,My thoughts and prayers are with all of you during this difficult time. My husband and I are camping in Florida after visiting our new grandchild in Daytona Beach, so we will not be able to attend Aunt Peggy's funeral services. Aunt Peggy was such a gracious lady and a wonderful role model. When my sisters and I visited her at her home a few summers ago, it was sadly the first time we visited with her as adults and got to know her. I remember her being so proud of her stepchildren and as a result also being able to be a grandmother to your children. She said it was something she highly recommended! I know my Dad, George, and also Aunt Helen would like to be there also, but neither one would be able to make the trip. Once again my thoughts are with all of you. Sincerely, Vickie and Paul Rutten (Pine Island MN)

Randy Atkinson

February 23, 2012

May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.

February 20, 2012

Dr. Bubolz made a difference to so many, many people including me.

Patience Oluchi Adibe

Carol Anderson Darling

February 20, 2012

Dr. Margaret (Peg) Bubolz was not only my major professor, but also an amazing scholar, inspiring mentor, and wonderful friend. Since we were both of Finnish background, from Minnesota, graduates of the same program at the University of Minnesota, and once lived in Duluth Minnesota, we had a special bond. I was so pleased to be a part of her family celebrations, keep in touch with her over the years, and more recently visit her in Lansing, Michigan. She is the person who first introduced me to the National Council on Family Relations and I was proud to honor her both at NCFR's Presidential Reception during the 2003 Annual Meeting in Vancouver BC, and at the Centennial Celebration of the University of Minnesota's College of Human Ecology and Home Economics Education program. While I am part of her legacy, she also enjoyed meeting my students or her “academic grandchildren” at NCFR. Peg's contributions to all of us will never be forgotten. In Finnish there is no word for goodbye, so we often say “näkemiin” or until we meet again.

Dianne Bowerman-Klinger

February 20, 2012

Dr. Bubolz will be remembered as a kind lady with a beaming smile.