Maggie O’Hara passed away in Salinas, CA, on February 25, 2013 at the age of 66 after a long-term illness. She was born March 10, 1946 in New Rochelle, NY, to George and Elizabeth O’Hara.
At 16 Maggie and her family moved to Los Gatos, CA, and she graduated from Santa Clara University with a degree in English. Her freshman class was the first to admit women in 1964. After graduating, Maggie went on a 15-year adventure following her love of concerts, hitchhiking across the nation three times, and working odd jobs. She enjoyed her time in Vermont, San Francisco, and Omaha.
She lived by the motto, “Never live somewhere for more than six months.” Yet, in 1981, she met and married Jerry Schoneman and soon after her daughter, Bree, was born.
In December of 1982, Maggie and her family moved to Monterey, CA, before settling down in King City, CA. In the late 1980s, Maggie discovered her love of teaching, then received a teaching credential and taught for 15 years at Santa Lucia and Del Rey Elementary School. During that time, she met the love of her life, Ed Copley of King City, CA. She spent the best times of her life traveling with him.
Maggie was a gifted actress and loved the arts. She graced the stage many times with her talents; her favorite role was the lead, Dolly, in “Hello, Dolly!” Maggie’s strength, charisma and charm will be greatly missed by family and friends. Most of all, we will miss her sense of humor, contagious smile and free spirit.
She was preceded in death by both parents, George and Elizabeth O’Hara, and her brother, Terry O’Hara of Monterey, CA. She is survived by her daughter, Bree of Sherman Oaks, her brother, Paul O’Hara of Florida, former husband and co-parent, Jerry Schoneman, and long-time love, Ed Copley.
No services are planned at this time. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to your favorite community theater or arts organization, or the Alzheimer's Association at alz.org.