|Birth: ||Jan. 30, 1958|
|Death: ||Aug. 31, 2011|
Margaret "Peggy" Marasco, 53, Hollidaysburg, died Wednesday at her home after fighting a courageous battle with cancer.
She was the daughter of the late Robert L. and Mary Jane (Yorgy) McGough of Altoona. She married Dr. Ralph M. Marasco, son of A. Ralph and Mary Lou (Sullivan) Marasco of Greenwood, on Aug. 7, 1982, at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church, Altoona.
Surviving are her loving husband; a daughter, Jennifer Lynn of Pittsburgh; a son, Brandon Michael of Hollidaysburg; and five siblings: Janet E. McGough-Csarny of Durham, N.C., Michael R. of Altoona, Marianne King (Gordan) of Hamilton, Ohio, Lawrence A. (Maureen) of Maple Grove, Minn., and Maureen C. of Altoona.
Peggy is also survived by several nieces, nephews, brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law: Scott Vipond in Nevada, Nicole Vipond-Charette in Massachusetts, Ariel Vipond in Georgia, Michael Becker in Pennsylvania, Matthew and Megan McGough in Minnesota, Thomas and Debbie Swires, Kristy Ritchey, Kourtney Klock, Tom, Michele, Seth, Caleb and Jarod Marasco, John, Liva, Gianna and Mayah Marasco, all of Altoona, and Kathy and Doug Schaffer and Brad and Alexa DeDea, all of Hollidaysburg; as well as many other friends, relatives and loved ones.
She was preceded in death by a sister, Kathleen F. Vipond; and a brother-in-law, Richard Csarny.
Peggy was a 1976 graduate of Bishop Guilfoyle High School and the cosmetology program at the Altoona Area Vo-Tech School, and she went on to become a hair stylist. For seven years, she worked for Herbert & Helen's Hair Salon in downtown Altoona and for two years in the Oakland and Shadyside areas, where she acquired her manager's license.
After her return to Altoona in 1984, she worked as the manager/bookkeeper for her husband's dental office. Upon the arrival of her children, she became a full-time homemaker while remaining her husband's bookkeeper for several years. In March 2001, Peggy became a Princess House Lifestyle consultant, attending many conferences and conventions and meeting hundreds of new people by sharing "The Opportunity." Her love of crystal was endless.
Peggy was a member of St. Michael's Catholic Church, Hollidaysburg, where she served as a lector. Throughout her life, she was involved in numerous activities, including Altrusa International Inc. of Blair County, Altoona Community Theatre, the St. Michael's Church groups, Blair County Photo Society, Pauline Baker's School of Dance, the Keystone Chapter of the Multiple Sclerosis Society and the Bishop Guilfoyle High School Alumni Committee, as well as volunteering for many community services.
Peggy enjoyed gardening, photography, crafts and her beloved pets, Cassie, Fluffy, Buffy and Luna, who brought her many hours of pleasure.
Friends will be received from 2 to 5 and 6 to 9 p.m. today at The Stevens Mortuary Inc., 1421 Eighth Ave., Altoona (www.stevensmortuary.com), where a vigil for the deceased will be held. A funeral Mass will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 3, 2011, at St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church, 301 Spruce St., Hollidaysburg. Committal will be at Calvary Cemetery by Father Clement Gardner.
In lieu of flowers, Peggy requested that any donations be made to the Blair County office of Grane Hospice.
Peggy tried her best to live life to its fullest and never took a victim stance despite suffering from multiple sclerosis and cancer.
Created by: Audrae Turner Mathis
Record added: Sep 02, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 75845549
Rest sweetly my friend. You fought the battle well. The angels were waiting to welcome you home with joy and love and now you are free. You will be missed.|
Audrae Turner Mathis
Added: Sep. 2, 2011