CANISTEO: Margaret L. “Peggy” Freeland, 97, formerly of South Elm St. in Canisteo passed away Friday morning (Oct. 4, 2019) at the Ontario Center Nursing Home in Canandaigua.
Peggy was born September 29, 1922 in Hornell to Carl W. and Emma L. (Thompson) Markel. On June 16, 1944 in Canisteo she married Leon F. Freeland. She was predeceased by her husband of 60 years in February of 2004.
She had worked at the former Canisteo Silk Mill and during WWII she worked in Niagara Falls in American Sales Book Co. Peggy had lived the better part of her life in Canisteo where she was a devoted wife and mother and had also worked as a nurses’ aid at St. James Mercy Hospital in Hornell. After retiring from the hospital, she became a crossing guard for the Canisteo Central School district.
Peggy is survived by three sons: Gary Freeland of Apalachin, David (Dawn) Freeland of Clifton Springs and Douglas Freeland of Hornell. She is also survived by her grandchildren: Allison (Tracy) Snyder, Rebecca (Tom) Thorton, Melissa Freeland and Tom Freeland and several great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by three sisters, Mabel Sleggs, Evelyn Yager and Thelma O’Connor, a daughter-in-law Roberta Freeland, sisters-in-law Betty Freeland and Norma Day and brother-in-law Alton Freeland.
The family will receive friends from Noon to 2:00 pm Monday at the H.P. Smith & Son, Inc. Funeral Home, 29 East Main St. in Canisteo where funeral and committal services will take place immediately following calling hours at 2:00 pm. Burial will be in Hillside Cemetery in Canisteo.
Memorial contributions in Peggy’s name may be made to the Canisteo Fire Dept. c/o Michael Wilson, 14 South Main St. Canisteo, N.Y. 14823.