Margie Schaper Remembered
June 30, 2021
Parking and Transportation Services (PTS) sorrowfully shares that Margie Schaper, senior parking attendant, passed away peacefully on June 23. Margie has been a fixture on campus since 1992, when she began working the east parking lot of the Kibbie Dome for football games. If she missed working even three games over the past 29 years, we’d be surprised.
Margie was the primary overnight/early morning enforcement officer from the time she attained full-time permanent status in 2001 until her death, just weeks shy of her richly deserved retirement. She provided an extra pair of eyes and ears in the early morning hours across campus, often being the first to report emergency situations or call attention to safety issues. She had a variety of other duties as well, and she especially enjoyed working with students and supervised many Vandal student employees over the years. She also served as lead trainer for all new parking attendants throughout her tenure with PTS. Margie relished her job. She enjoyed being out and about on campus, walking its familiar streets and sidewalks, and transporting groups for campus tours and conferences. Many a Vandal was ferried around campus on Margie’s watch.
Incredibly detailed, dedicated and diligent, Margie has been a touchstone at PTS. We’ll miss her deep knowledge of all things parking-related, her raucous sense of humor, her calendars of goats in trees and her deep mortification at being recognized publicly for the fine work she did.
Margie was adamant that she would not tolerate a retirement party, and the team here begrudgingly agreed not to plan anything. She might roll her eyes at us for this simple written tribute, but it’s a risk we’re willing to take. We’ll miss you, Margie, more than you ever would have let us say.
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