Margaret Bessie (Whitmire) Traxler

Born: 12/29/1940 Passed:

Margaret Bessie (Whitmire) Traxler, age 78 of Fairlawn passed away April 22nd 2019 due to effects of malignant pleural mesothelioma. Margaret graduated from Kenmore High School, Class of 1958, and the University of Akron. She retired in 2007 from the Akron Public School system as an elementary school teacher with 35 years of service including Rankin and Highland Park Elementary schools. As a teacher, she enjoyed helping kindergartners and 1stgraders to learn the fundamentals of how to be successful academically and in life.

She is preceded in death by parents Evelyn and Eugene, and brother Charles.

Margaret is survived by her husband of nearly 60 years, Richard Traxler and their four children, Autumn Kahwaji (Walid), Ann Van Wagoner (David), Alan and Eric; beloved grandsons, Blake Elias, David Walid and Richard Demarest “Demmy”; brother, David Whitmire; sister, Lois Kelley, and her extended family of nephews, nieces and cousins.

The family appreciates the support of all the medical professionals that helped care for her during her illness, especially Dr. Amy Friedman and Dr. Kyle Yoder and their staffs.

In keeping with Margaret’s wishes, cremation has taken place and no public services are planned. Margaret is now free of pain and anxiety and will be remembered by all as a woman of action, lover of nature and a staunch supporter of public education. In lieu of other remembrances, memorial contributions may be made to the University of Akron, Department of Geosciences at At this time, the family requests privacy as we navigate the world without her. Condolences can be shared with the family online at

Heritage Cremation Society


14 Tributes to Margaret Bessie (Whitmire) Traxler

  1. Autumn says:

    Mom will be remembered and missed by so many people whose lives she touched. May she Rest in Eternal Peace.

    • Mrs. Toni Coleman says:

      Margaret was a wonderful friend and fantastic teacher. She influenced my life beyond measure. She not only convinced me that I too could be a teacher, she drove me to the Univ ofAkron and helped me sign up. It didn’t stop there. She talked to fellow teachers and they too shared their classrooms.
      Margaret was like family. We went on vacations and had a lot of shared events. I will never forget her and hope to laugh with her again. God bless ????

    • Deb Simon says:

      As a close friend of Autumn, I have her and the entire family in my thoughts during this difficult time. May you take comfort in the fact that she touched so many during her career and life and that she was able to leave this life on her own terms.

  2. Walid says:

    My mother-in-law Margaret kept me on my toes and was a great supervisor and helper for anything needing done inside or outside. She was a wonderful grandmother. I will always remember her wise advice, and I’m going to miss her telling me how to do things the best way.

  3. Chuck & Gloria Wallace says:

    Our thoughts and prayers to the Whitmire family.

  4. Chip & Debbie Westfall says:

    Dave, Autumn and Family,

    Our thoughts and prayers go out to all of you during this time.

  5. Joan, Linda, Kathy, Karen, and Amy Greenfelder says:

    Dick and family,

    So sorry to hear of Margaret’s illness and passing. Her picture looks just like we remember her! I (Joan) will always remember when Jim and I went out to dinner on the weekends with the two of you. Karen remembers Margaret teaching some fun math riddles to learn by, specifically: a nickel for a pickle and a dime for a lime! Prayers to you all

  6. Roger Edwards says:

    Dick, Respecting your privacy and requests but still sending condolences. Roger Edwards

  7. Sheila M. says:

    I worked with Margaret for a number of years and know that she was a dedicated teacher who got results from her students. I enjoyed getting to know her and appreciated her sense of humor. I know that she touched a lot of lives.

  8. Cricket McGraw-Diller says:


    I am so sorry for your loss. You and your entire family will be in my thoughts and prayers.

  9. Tracey Pastoria Holman says:

    Eric, I am so sorry to hear about your mom.
    I had the pleasure of working with her at times being on the PTA board at Highland Park/Sam Salem.
    Peace and Comfort to you and your family.

  10. Cricket McGraw-Diller says:


    I am so sorry for your loss. You and the entire family will be in my thoughts and prayers.

  11. Julianna Thomas McCabe says:

    Mrs. Traxler was my kindergarten teacher at Rankin in 1972-73. What a wonderful foundation she provided for my future. I no longer live in Akron, but parents told me today that they saw her obituary in the Beacon Journal. May she rest In peace. To her family, I am so sorry for your loss. Your wife, mom, grandmother was an icon; she touched many lives.

    • Lois Price says:

      We were very sorry to hear of Margaret’s illness and passing. We extend our sympathy to Dick and the family. Cherish the many memories. They will keep her memory alive for you. God bless all of you.
      The Rosche family.

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