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Margit Heskett
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Birth: 1920
Death: Aug. 13, 2010

Margit Heskett, 90, of Bowling Green, passed away on Friday, August 13, 2010.

She was born to Carl and Flora (Wilhem) Block in Czechoslovakia.

Margit moved to New York during World War II with her family after Czechoslovakia was invaded. Upon coming to America, Margit was going to follow in her father's footsteps and become an architect, but realized that was not her true ambition.

Margit enrolled in Wittenberg University, where in 1942 earned her Bachelors of Science Degree in Physical Education.

She married Clifford Heskett in 1942 after her graduation and then in the fall of 1942 moved to Riverside, California as her husband served in the United States Army. During that time she worked for the United States Army as an occupational therapist.

After 32 years of marriage, Margit and Clifford divorced.

Margit in 1964 earned her Masters' Degree from Columbia University in her true passion and joy, Dance. During Margit's professional career in teaching, she taught in the Springfield Public and Parochial Schools, Fairborn City Schools, Antioch College, Wittenberg University and finally taught at Bowling Green State University.

During her career at Bowling Green State University, Margit taught Ethnic Studies, Eastern European Culture as well as dance.

Besides her true passion of dance, Margit was a supporter of the arts and music and attended numerous events as well as collecting art from Europe and student art. She wrote two books "Margit's Red Book and A Personal Memoir", which is scheduled to be released just a few months after her passing.

She was a member of the Bowling Green County Club and was a faithful attendee of brunches there.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

She is survived by close friends, Marie Nicolls, George Seifert, and Richard Hebein.

A Celebration Luncheon will be held privately for her closest friends.

Arrangements entrusted with the Deck-Hanneman Funeral Home & Crematory, 1460 W. Wooster Street, PO Box 648, Bowling Green, OH 43402; Tele: 419/352-2171.

Memorials may be gifted to a charity of the donor's choice.

On-line condolences as well as fond memories may be left at:

Published in Toledo Blade on August 20, 2010

Margit Heskett, 1920-2010: Instructor at BGSU lived for arts, dance

BOWLING GREEN - Margit Heskett, a dance instructor and grande dame - and benefactor - of the arts who welcomed people of many backgrounds as friends, died of cancer Aug. 13 in her Bowling Green home. She was 90.

After a life of dance and movement, she decided in her 80s she needed exercise, said Rich Hebein, a longtime friend. She led a by-invitation exercise group Monday nights at her home, after which attendees enjoyed wine and cheese and potluck. She invited friends for Wednesday and Sunday suppers.

"She had a wide circle of friends both in Bowling Green and Toledo," said Mr. Hebein, retired chairman of romance and classical studies at Bowling Green State University. "She was polite and refined and well-mannered and very well-educated, and she could strike up a conversation with just about anybody, and they would be close friends thereafter."

George Seifert, also a retired BGSU professor, became a close friend. When in 1967 he got an invitation to a party of hers, he didn't recognize the name.

"One of the things about Margit was she was a collector of people," Mr. Seifert said. "She was bubbly. I envision her always with a glass in her hand of wine and seeming to enjoy life."

Ms. Heskett arrived at BGSU in 1965 and taught dance until the late 1970s as an associate professor of physical education and recreation. She performed with students in works she created and founded the modern dance club. She also taught dance and lectured across Europe.

"For her, dance was an ideal kind of work because it combined the physical with the aesthetic and the emotional, and it brought music, which she always loved, into her life and into the performance," Mr. Hebein said.

She was a charter member of the college of musical arts dean's council. She belonged to the Medici Circle in support of the school of art. Because of her support, a Margit Heskett Room will be in the Wolfe Center for the Arts under construction at BGSU.

Later in her BGSU career, she taught Eastern European art, culture, and cuisine in the department of ethnic studies, Mr. Heibein said.

She wrote two volumes of memoirs. The second is to be published this year.

Born in Teplice, Czechoslovakia, her father, Karl Bloch, an architect, knew trouble was ahead and moved the family to New York City in 1938.

Ms. Heskett received a bachelor's degree in 1942 from Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio, where she later taught in the public and parochial schools. She received a master's degree in 1964 from Columbia University.

She was formerly married to the late Clifford Heskett.

There are no immediate survivors.

Close friends will attend a private celebration luncheon. Arrangements are by the Deck-Hanneman Funeral Home & Crematory, Bowling Green. 
Created by: Avril Mason Mussehl
Record added: Aug 23, 2010
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Margit Heskett
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