- April 22, 2013
- Syracuse, New York
of Margaret's Passing
Syracuse Chargers Rowing Club, Scott Sanford Scholarship Fund
PO Box 5643
Syracuse, NY 13220
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Margaret "Peggy" Reilly Harrigan, 70, passed away on Monday, April 22, 2013, at home, surrounded by her family, after a courageous battle with cancer. She was born in Poughkeepsie, NY, in 1943, and moved to Syracuse in 1954. Peggy graduated from St. Vincent's High School in 1962, and Central City Business Institute. In 1968, Peggy married Frank Harrigan. She later graduated from Onondaga Community College and began her career in education at Bellevue Heights Nursery School, where she worked as a teacher and the school's Director. In 1988, Peggy went back to school and completed her bachelors and masters degrees in education from the State University of New York at Oswego. She thereafter worked as a teacher at John T. Roberts Elementary School, located in Syracuse's Strathmore neighborhood, from 1992, until her retirement in June 2012, where she was a staff, parent, and student favorite for over 20 years.
Peggy was pre-deceased by her husband, Frank, in 2001, as well as her brother, John Reilly, formerly of Binghamton, NY, and her parents, Thomas and Margaret Reilly. Surviving are her children, Christopher (Erin) of Syracuse; Jeffrey (Jennifer) of Rye, NY; and Molly Towne (Benjamin) of West Hartford, CT. Peggy was a loving and devoted "Grandma" to Kathleen, Jack, William, and Caroline Harrigan of Syracuse; Patrick, Mary-Kathryn, and Dylan of Rye; and Matthew Towne of West Hartford. Also surviving are her brother and sister-in-law, Kevin and Denise Harrigan of Syracuse, and sister-in-law, Susan Kucera, of Binghamton, and many nieces and nephews.
Peggy was a long-time parishioner of Most Holy Rosary Church in Syracuse. She was actively involved in the Syracuse Chargers Rowing Club, where she competed for many years with her dear friends and served as President. Peggy also spent years forging relationships with friends as a member of the Elizabeth Roberts Book Club and Bellevue Country Club.
A funeral mass will be held on Friday April 26, at 10AM at Most Holy Rosary Church, 111 Roberts Ave., Syracuse, NY. Calling hours will be held from 3-7AM on Thursday at the Church. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Syracuse Chargers Rowing Club, Scott Sanford Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 5643, Syracuse NY 13220.