A Community Says Goodbye to Beloved Writer Margo LaGattuta

The Rochester community pays tribute to beautiful mother, friend, poet and writer Margo LaGattuta in honor of her life and remembrance upon her death, August 22, 2011. Margo shared her life through the written word; she was the Winner of the 2005 Mark Twain Award, author of 4 published books, and the editor of multiple anthologies.

Upon her passing, she is loved and remembered by her son Mark, her son Erik and his wife Pamela, her son Adam, her grandchildren Maria and Melissa, and her sisters Susan Boisoneau and Wendy Grahn.  Miro and Cosmo, her cats, are missing her already.
Born in 1942 in Detroit, Michigan, Margo spent her life writing and teaching others to write. She won the Midwest Poetry Award twice and a National Federation of State Poetry Societies Founders Award. She was nominated twice for a Pushcart Prize. Margo was a faculty member at the University of Michigan and Oakland Community College, as well as other schools. She was well known for her radio show, her weekly newspaper column, and her numerous workshops, seminars and lectures.  Writing was her passion.

She was a true artist and was loved dearly by many in the Rochester area, metro Detroit readers and the national writing community.
To celebrate her life, funeral arrangements of been made at Potere-Modetz located at 339 Walnut Blvd. in downtown Rochester.  A service will be held on Saturday, August 27. Visitation will be open from noon-1 p.m. with a ceremony following. The community is invited to attend. Family and friends will be reading Margo’s poetry and sharing their own writing and remembrances.

More on Margo, by Michael Dwyer https://rochestermedia.com/a-conversation-with-a-poet-and-friend-remembering-margo-lagattuta/


  1. lynne bartley says

    i don’t know what to say, i am in shock. margo & i have been friends since we were 8years old. she was called miggy when we met. i have always said she is my oldest friend although we are the same age. in fact our birthdays are 1 week apart. i e-mailed her birthday wishes just before her birthday & wondered why she didn’t respond, now i know. she once wrote a poem with me in it & i felt honored. i will miss her so much, she was a special person & will be in my heart always. a part of me is gone too!

  2. Reginald Green says

    She was my professor @ occ 1yr & i use to get her column thru email… some of which i still reference. i attened one of her readings @the Scarab club downtown, too. I know its waaay late but i just googled her out the blue… im speechless. &n awe to c she was born 1942! She looked so young & her Spirit was very vibrant.

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