Margaret Jane “Maggie” Haner
March 7, 1926 - May 25, 2020
Margaret Jane “Maggie” Haner, age 94, of Newark, DE passed away on Monday, May 25, 2020.
Born in Venetia, PA on March 7, 1926, she was the daughter of the late Charles and Mary Gilmore (Bickerton) Swagler. Maggie was a graduate of Westminster College in New Wilmington, PA, where she received her Bachelor of Arts degree. She also attended Los Angeles Pacific College in Los Angeles, CA receiving an Elementary Education Certificate as well as an Art Education Certificate from University of Delaware.
Maggie explored several careers over the years, first working as a secretary at the Theatre Guild and American Theatre Society, and later at Trans World Airlines in Pittsburgh, PA. She then became a third and fourth grade teacher at Bushnell Way School and Catskill School in the Los Angeles School District. Following her passion for art, Maggie taught an Artist-in-Residence program in Portugal. She spent four summers designing and conducting art workshops in painting, ceramics, stitchery and jewelry making. Maggie later began teaching art at The Tatnall School in Wilmington.
Maggie was a member of the Art Educators of Delaware and the International Society for Education through Art. She also participated in the Exchange Council for the exchange of children’s art between the United States and Russia. Maggie was on the Jr. Board of Christiana Hospital and enjoyed volunteering for Meals on Wheels.
In addition to her parents, Margaret was preceded in death by her son, Mark Haner; and brothers, Robert Swagler and John Swagler. She is survived by her daughter, M. Lynn Haner of Denver, CO; grandson, Bill Haner; and nieces, Christine Sondej (Rick) and Roberta O’Brien (Michael).
All services will be held privately.