Margaret "Marge" Mary Buckanin was born December 29, 1925 in Phillips, Wisconsin, the daughter of Elizabeth and Mike Buckanin, a laborer in a sawmill. When she was six she and her family moved to Pennsylvania, where she grew up and married Vincent Joseph Matula in 1946. Vincent (born 1922) is the son of Czechoslovakian immigrant parents, Mary and Stephen Matula, who were farmers. Marge and Vincent settled in Allentown and began collecting minerals in 1959, after receiving some mineral specimens as gifts from friends in Connecticut. Their interest was encouraged by Arthur Montgomery and Raymond W. Grant at nearby Lafayette College in Easton, Pennsylvania. In 1964 they helped organize the Pennsylvania Earth Sciences Association (Lehigh Valley).
The Matulas enjoy camping, and have combined this with collecting trips throughout the United States. Their collection consists of cabinet specimens (their original focus), as well as thumbnail-size specimens, Pennsylvania minerals and (since 1973) micromounts. She has held monthly micromounting workshops in her home, and was elected to the Micromounters' Hall of Fame in 2002. Marge considers herself a species collector, and is a dedicated amateur mineralogist. She found specimens of a new species near Hellertown, Pennsylvania, which was subsequently named matulaite in her honor in 1980.
MITCHELL, R.S. (1981) Who's who in mineral names: Margaret Mary (Buckanin) Matula. Rocks & Minerals, 56, 74-75.
U.S. Federal Census 1930
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