Margaret Midori Schowengerdt-Witte-Faletoi passed away May 27, 2010, in Riverside at the age of 58, after a courageous battle with lung cancer.
Margaret was born in Sasebo, Japan, on May 2, 1952, and emigrated with her family to Missouri in October 1957. In 1961, the family headed to Southern California where Margaret spent the duration of her life as a loving wife to David A. Witte and Opetiah Tauanuu-Faletoi and mother to her children, Davina L. Witte-Croy, Jason W. Witte and Christian D. Witte.
Margaret loved all manner of creative pursuit, approaching even the simplest of chores with the zeal of the absolute perfectionist that she was. Whether a gourmet meal, a garden arrangement, or her unique fashion sense, nothing was ever left to chance but with each choice carefully made with forethought and deliberation. Although she never pursued dancing as a career, she inherited her mother’s professional dance skills and was always the best dancer on any floor. Margaret was a lifelong animal lover and also enjoyed competitive sports, playing as a member of several Orange County amateur volleyball leagues.