Obituary for Margaret "Peggy" Swiatocha
Margaret “Peggy” Rose Swiatocha
Margaret “Peggy” R. Swiatocha, (nee Assante), entered into God’s loving care at the age of 91 on Monday, February 5, 2018. Born and raised in New York, NY, she was a lifelong resident of Middle Village.
Peggy was born on October 7, 1926 to Philip and Loretta (nee Kehoe) Assante. She graduated from Bishop McDonnell Memorial High School in Brooklyn, NY, and later from St. Catherine’s Hospital and Nursing School located in Bushwick, NY. After receiving her Registered Nurse (R.N.) Diploma, Peggy enjoyed a long and rewarding career in nursing that was divided into two phases – before and after the birth of her children. She specialized in Operating Room nursing and supported the patients and staff at several New York hospitals including St. Catherine’s, Greenpoint and Woodhull until her retirement at age 75.
Margaret Rose married Stanley A. Swiatocha, a New York City Police Officer, who she referred to as “her only boyfriend.” They received nine children into their warm and wonderful home. Together they instilled in their “kids” the meaning of faith in God, respect and love for others, an untiring work ethic, and the need for education.
Peggy was a lifetime member of the community at St. Margarets R.C. in Middle Village. She relished her memberships in the Christian Mothers, St. Martha’s Guild, Senior Citizens, Catholic War Veterans Auxiliary, and other organizations. For many years, she could be seen at the annual fundraising bazaar and Red Cross blood drives at St. Margarets.
At an early age, she acquired a talent for sewing and later demonstrated a robust interest in crocheting as well as knitting. Her children and grandchildren reported that she loved to assemble puzzles and read novels, newspapers and the Readers Digest.
After learning about Peggy’s passing, many relatives and friends stated they will always remember her genuine kindness, understated sense of humor and welcoming smile.
Peggy is survived by her youngest sister Mary Lembo and her husband Michael, her sister-in-law Carol Assante, her brothers-in-law Edward Swiatocha and Felix Swiatocha, her children, Stanley Swiatocha, his wife Janice, Michael Swiatocha, his wife Maryann, John Swiatocha, his wife Jackie, Barbara Foley, her husband Michael, Susan Haslach, her husband Robert, Carol Deneen, her husband Robert, Ann Peters, her husband David, Janet Delatte, her husband Michael; grandchildren Kyle Swiatocha, his wife Billie Jo, Caitlyn Tschernkowitsch, her husband Walter, Brett Swiatocha, his wife Andrea, Travis Swiatocha, his wife Caroline, Beth Swiatocha, Michael Swiatocha, his wife Amanda, Bryan Swiatocha, his wife Pauline, Patrick Swiatocha, his wife Katie, Matthew Swiatocha, Karen Schmidt, her husband Craig, John Holland, his partner Mary Smith, Ryan Foley, his wife Christine, Erica Meckes, her husband Matthew, Andrew Haslach, his wife Sarah, Christopher Deneen, his wife Emi, Jackee Deneen, Mark Peters, Alex Peters, Ian Peters, Haley Delatte, Kevin Delatte; great-grandchildren Walter Tschernkowitsch, Juliette Tschernkowitsch, Gabriella Swiatocha, Genevieve Swiatocha, Rex Swiatocha, Fiona Swiatocha, Laina Swiatocha, Jack Swiatocha, Harper Schmidt, Laurel Meckes; and several nieces and nephews.
Margaret Rose was predeceased by her parents Philip and Loretta, her husband Stanley, daughter Kathleen Swiatocha, her great-grandson Keegan Schmidt, her sisters Joan Swiatocha, Rose Weppler, Gerry Hanrahan, Loretta Marshall, Rita Hodnik, her brother Philip Assante and her lifetime friend Abigail Patricia Walsh.
Visiting hours will be on Thursday, February 8, 2018 from 7 to 9 pm and Friday February 9, 2018 from 2 to 5 pm and 7 to 9 pm at Michaels Funeral Home, 7922 Metropolitan Avenue, Middle Village, NY 11379. Family and friends are invited to attend a celebration of Peggy’s life at her funeral mass on February 10, 2018 at 9:45 am in St. Margaret’s R.C. Church, 66-05 79th Pl, Middle Village, NY 11379. Burial will follow at St. John’s Cemetery, 80-01 Metropolitan Ave, Middle Village, NY 11379.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Margaret’s name to:
Cohen Children’s Medical Center (Child Life Department)
St. Mary’s Hospital for Children