By the Family
Feb. 20, 2019: Margaret (Peggy) Connors passed away peacefully, surrounded by family in her home in Bronxville on February 12. She was 86.
Peggy was the eldest of eight children of parents raised in Ireland who settled in Larchmont. After graduating from Scarsdale High School in 1950, Peggy worked during the days while attending Fordham University at night. Upon her father’s premature death in 1953, Peggy, along with her brother Dan, became the financial and emotional support providers for the family.
In 1958, Peggy married James P. Connors, Jr., at St. Peter and Paul Church in Larchmont, and for the next 57 years, the couple raised five children in Eastchester and Bronxville. Peggy was a member of St. Joseph Church of Bronxville for over 60 years, serving on its parish council, in its mothers' club, and as a Eucharistic minister. For many years, she provided meals through Meals on Wheels and served as a reading specialist at Our Lady of Victory and Sacred Heart in Mount Vernon.
Peggy enjoyed her many friendships from years as a member of Siwanoy Country Club and the Boulder Ledge Garden Club and from her decades of involvement with the Bronxville School.
Peggy discovered at age 70 that she had a natural talent for painting. She studied painting for nine years and was actively involved in painting until macular degeneration precluded her from continuing. Her loss of sight did not, however, impair her uncanny ability to read people or her grace, warmth, and dry sense of humor.
Peggy was predeceased by her husband, Jim (d. 2016), a prominent Westchester County attorney and town justice of Eastchester, and their daughter, Meg (d. 1985). She is survived by James P. Connors III (Angela, d.) of Mount Vernon, Michael (Kendall) and their children, Roy, Kyle, and Margaret Connors, of Piedmont, CA, Mark (Kelly) and their children, Luke, Jack, Sam, and Edward Connors, of Bronxville, and Paul (Leeanna Varga) and their children, Annabel and Donovan Connors, of Croton-on-Hudson. Peggy was also predeceased by her parents, Michael and Margaret Gallagher, and her brothers Dan, Jack, and Michael, and is survived by her sister Mary Rose Merenda, her brothers Richard Gallagher and Kevin Gallagher, and her sister Jane Gallagher.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Jansen Hospice and Palliative Care.