Margaret “Peggy” Anne Karner, 86

Margaret “Peggy” Anne Karner of Wampum passed away on Saturday, June 20, 2020 at the age of 86.

Born September 23, 1933 to John and Margaret Karner, she lived most of her life in Wampum, residing most recently at Carriage Manor in New Castle. Peggy attended Wampum High School where she enjoyed playing the clarinet in the band. After high school, she worked in the office at Medusa Cement before embarking on a nearly 40-year career with Penn Power. As a secretary, she supported many executives through the years and truly loved her time with the company, especially working with Pappy Prince.

In her spare time, Peggy was an avid sports fan. She watched virtually every sport on TV, and she proudly donned her black and gold to support her favorite Pittsburgh teams. Whether cheering the Steelers on from the end zone at Forbes Field or the Pirates from the stands at Three Rivers Stadium, you could find Peggy enjoying nachos and cheese with extra jalapeños and loving the game.

Ceramics and bowling were two of Peggy’s favorite past times, and her family has her to thank for the beautiful ceramic Christmas trees they display each year. As part of the Road Runners, she participated in the Parkstown Bowling League along with her good friends and teammates Grace, Eleanor, Shirley and sister Carol. An avid traveler, Peggy covered much of the East Coast and Arizona with friends and family.

Peggy was also active in her community. She is a former, longtime member and past Treasurer of both the Wampum Women’s Club and the Women’s Area Seniors. She was a lifelong member of St. Monica’s Catholic Church and, more recently, Holy Redeemer Parish.

But, most importantly, Peggy cherished her friends and loved her family more than anything in this world. She was an incredibly selfless, caring and generous individual, who was friendly to a fault. She cared for her mother until she passed in 1996. And, she was deeply devoted to her nieces and nephews and known to never miss an event. You could always count on Aunt Peggy to be there with camera in hand.

She is survived by her sister Carol (Darrell) Dess and brother-in-Law John Novalesi. She also leaves behind many nieces and nephews who adored her and affectionately called her “Aunt Peg,” including: nephews John Novalesi and Darrell (Kristin) Dess; nieces Marla (Kenneth) Clem, Lori (John) Thomas, Carole (David) Houghton, Michelle Dess, Lisa (James) Simpson, Shari Schmeltz, and Diana Dess; 15 great nieces and nephews and 5 great great nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; sisters Marlene Novalesi and Janet Shellogg; brother-in-law Bob Shellogg; and a niece, Heidi Dess.

Viewing hours will be held on Thursday, June 25, 2020, from 3-8 p.m. at Marshall Funeral Home in Wampum. Funeral mass will be 10 a.m. Friday at Holy Redeemer Parish in Ellwood City with Father Mark Thomas officiating.

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6 thoughts on “Margaret “Peggy” Anne Karner, 86

  1. We are deeply saddened to hear of Peggy’s passing. She truly loved her family.

    With Deepest Sympathy & Prayers,
    Carl & Roberta Karner

  2. Aunt Peggy is a huge memory of your family. She always ALWAYS had a smile on her face. We are so sad about her passing. To say that she was completely loved by her family is an understatement. And, the family was so loved by her.

    Our prayers and thoughts are with all of you.

    Love and hugs,
    Brenda Johnson
    Melinda Callan

  3. So sorry to hear of Peggy’s passing. She was always such a nice person to be around. We have a Christmas ornament that she sent to us long ago when she heard that we collected them. Every time we hang it on the tree, we think of her.
    Our thoughts and prayer are with all of you at this difficult time.
    Patty (Karner) & Mike Boyce & family

  4. My sympathy goes out to all of you and your loss. I have many happy memories back to the 60’s. Shirley.

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