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Independent Journal
Tuesday, April 4, 1995

Margaret Albanese
San Rafael resident

Margaret L. Albanese of San Rafael was an internationally known poet.

She died of respiratory failure after a long illness March 15 at Care West Bayside in Greenbrae. She was 83.

She was born in Los Angeles and lived in Santa Barbara and Manteca before moving to San Rafael in 1941. She attended the University of Southern California and graduated from Mills College Phi Beta Kappa.

She was a poet, French teacher, court interpreter, life insurance agent, calligrapher and author. She spoke French and Spanish. Her poems have appeared in publications throughout the world.

She was a member of the AAUW and the Community Congregational Church in Tiburon.

Her interests included classical literature, poetry and nature. She was also a student of Buddhism.

Her text for the music in “Elegy for Lovers” was performed at Carnegie Hall.

Her husband, Joseph Albanese, died earlier.

She is survived by a daughter, Marian Gay Albanese of San Rafael, and a sister, Inez Cluff of Sacramento.

A celebration of her life will be held in San Rafael after April 15. Memorial contributions may be made to WildCare, 76 Albert Park Lane, San Rafael.

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