Margaret Grish, 83, of Sun Lakes, Arizona, passed away on January 1, 2021, at Chandler
Regional Hospital of pneumonia and respiratory failure. Despite recent health challenges, she
maintained a positive attitude and lived independently with some support from her adult children and their families.
Born in Chicago, Illinois, on August 5, 1937, Marge joined a blended family of John and
Margaret “Peg” Williams. Marge’s siblings included Jack (Dolores) Williams, Mary (Frank)
Fenton, Patricia “Patsy” (Bob) Johnson, Jeannie (Bernie) Corrigan, Eileen (George) Peterson,
and Bob (Fran and Donna) Williams. A bright student, Margaret skipped grades in primary
school and graduated from Visitation High School in 1954. She attended a teachers’ college in
Chicago before marrying Earl F. Mulderink, Jr., from whom she was divorced in 1966.
Marge raised four spirited children who survive her: Earl F. Mulderink III (Rita Osborn) of Cedar
City, UT; Steve Mulderink (Gail Buchnat) of Sun Lakes, AZ; Margaret “Peg” (Thom) Newcomb
of Colorado Springs, CO; and Douglas (Lori) Mulderink of Chicago, IL. Marge’s grandchildren
include Alyson Hansen and Amy Osborn of Utah, Joe and Rachel Newcomb of Colorado
Springs, Matthew and Anna Mulderink of Chicago, Katie Buchnat of Indiana, along with great
grandchildren Emmy, Evie, Peyton, and Skylar.
Marge married Joe Grish in 1975 and they enjoyed a quarter-century together before his
passing in 2000. After both retired from jobs in Chicago in the 1990s, Marge and Joe settled in
Sun Lakes, Arizona, where they loved the sunshine and healthy climate, along with travel and
fun times with family and friends. Marge was a charter member and enthusiastic volunteer with
the popular adult education program, New Adventures in Learning (NAIL). As the widow of a
Korean War veteran, Marge’s remains will be interred next to Joe at Arizona’s National Military
Cemetery, and a celebration of her life is planned for August 2021 in Chicago.
In her later years, Marge remained an avid reader and engaging conversationalist. With a
friendly disposition and a seemingly photographic memory of events and people, Marge will be
remembered as an amusing storyteller in the best tradition of her (mostly) Irish forebears. She
will be missed.
Her family appreciates many local doctors and health care providers who extended special
consideration, particularly Dr. McDonald and her staff, and the visiting nurses from Kindred At
Home Care. A fund in Margaret Grish’s name to support NAIL’s mission is being established;
contributions may be made to New Adventures in Learning, Sun Lakes Center, 25105 S. Alma
School Road Sun Lakes, AZ, 85248.