Margaret Fait

Obituary of Margaret Enid Fait

Margaret Enid (Teeter Roe) Fait died on September 24, 2020 at Franciscan Health Center in Duluth, Minnesota. She was 81. Born on November 19, 1938, in Trumansburg, New York, she grew up in Jacksonville, New York, and studied psychology and history at the University of Wisconsin Madison, later obtaining a degree in social work from Metropolitan State University in Minnesota. 

She spent her life working for justice and peace, whether that was as a social worker or in her travels across the globe, to places as far as Nepal or Russia. Her organization, Jupiter International, was dedicated to leadership and problem solving for the promotion of peace, environmental stewardship, community organizing and cultural development, fair trade practices and service to individuals and organizations. 

She loved keeping in touch with her friends and family around the world—you could always tell when a letter or card came from Margaret by the Earth stickers she used to seal envelopes shut. She had a lifelong love of reading, and her apartment was filled with books. 

In her last few months of life, she ate tomato soup for dinner almost every day—it was her favorite childhood meal, and one she often cooked for her grandchildren. 

In her later years, she moved to Woodland Gardens to be near her daughter Elizabeth in Duluth. Almost every Sunday morning, you could find Margaret in the front pew of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church and chatting after the service with her cup of coffee (three creams, please, or half-and-half if you have it!) 

She is preceded in death by her mother Ruth, father Lewis, her brothers and sisters: Harriet, Helen, Donald, David, Harold, Richard, and Philip; as well as her oldest son, Marc, and granddaughter Ava. 

She is survived by her best friend, Pamela Jambeck; her son Kevin (Jenni), daughters Elizabeth (Eirik) and Katherine (Tom); grandchildren Kayla, Trygve, Griffin, Solveig, Atle, Jasmine, Remick, Innis, Arna, Madelyn and Marc. 

Many thanks to Pennie who selflessly cared for Margaret in her last few years at Woodland Garden and also to the staff at Franciscan Health Center for the love and care they showed our Margaret.   We are forever grateful for the communities and individuals that surrounded us when we needed it.

Memorials can be sent to either Woodland Gardens, 127 East Calvary Rd, Duluth, MN 55803, care of “The Woodland Gardens Library Fund;” or St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 1710 E Superior St, Duluth, MN 55812.