February 23, 1938 ~ November 10, 2012
Margareta Kircher was born in Sweden February 23,!938 and died in Wilmington,North Carolina November 10, 2012. Her birth name was Sonja Anna Greta Margareta Johansson which she later changed to Margareta Sonja on her U.S. naturalization document when she became a citizen in 1960. Margareta was proud to be an American and of her excellent command of English.
In 1949 she married Kurt Kircher and they traveled to Argentina before coming to America. They moved to Detroit where her son Carl was born. Her daughter Anna was born 18 months later in Denver.The family home was in Littleton for 20 years.
Margareta and Kurt opened Denver's first foreign car repair shop and they founded the Denver chapter of the Sports Car Club of America. She raced a 1957 Thunderbird and had a lasting love of cars and racing.
In 1973 they purchased the Box Canyon Motel which was the beginning of a lifelong love of Ouray and its citizens. After the couple divorced she continued to operate the Box Canyon until selling and opening a successful gourmet cooking and gift shop on Main Street in Ouray called The Viking. After closing her shop she became a realtor/property manager for ORI for many years. Margareta was active in the Republican Party in Ouray County.
Upon her retirement she moved to Montrose where she volunteered at Heirlooms for Hospice, worked-out at Curves and made many new friends. Margareta especially enjoyed spending time with her grand daughters Kelsey and Lauren and celebrating all holidays with family and friends. She was a big Denver Bronco fan.
In 2012 she moved to Charlotte,NC to be closer to her son. Then, fulfilling her last wish to live by the ocean again, she and Carl moved to Wilmington,NC. To all those who knew Margareta, she lived an interesting life, had many friends and much fun around the world. She was happy, upbeat and was excited about the future just as you would have expected.
A gathering to celebrate Margareta's life will be held at the Western Hotel on Wednesday June 19th at 5:00 p.m-7:0 p.m. Bring your memories to share.