OBITUARY

Margaret P. Hanrahan

13 June , 192422 August , 2019
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On Thursday, August 22, 2019, a long-time resident of Swanzey, New Hampshire, Margaret “Peggy” Piper Hanrahan, 95, passed away peacefully at Langdon Place of Keene, following a period of declining health.

Peggy was born June 13, 1924, in Keene, NH, the daughter of Allison Nims Piper and Lucy (Kingsbury) Piper. She graduated in 1941 from Keene High School where she played field hockey and basketball, and loved archery, tennis, sailing and skiing. In her youth she spent her summers at Camp Takodah, at her family’s cottage at Spofford Lake, and loved vacations to Ogunquit, Maine. In 1945 she graduated from Connecticut College earning a bachelor’s degree in botany with a minor in art. After graduation, Peggy taught art at the National Cathedral School in Washington, DC. She also worked in the gardens of the Brooklyn Botanical Garden and illustrated flowers for their publications. On June 17, 1948, she married the love of her life, Charles J. Hanrahan, a friend of her Brother, David’s, whom she met at a 9th grade school dance.

A member of the Old Homestead Garden Club, Peggy loved working in her gardens and enjoyed creating artistic flower arrangements. A passionate environmentalist, she was a convicted recycler, and concerned about pollution, and conservation of land and endangered species. She even inoculated elm trees about town, seeking to save them from Dutch Elm Disease. Moreover, she sold daffodils for many years to raise money for the American Cancer Society and gave gallons of blood to the American Red Cross.

Peggy was a member of the Keene Women’s Club, a founding member of the Keene Racquet Club, and volunteered for numerous causes. She was very active in The First Congregational Church of Swanzey, NH, UCC, serving on several committees, including teaching Sunday School. For several years she brought Fresh Air Children to New Hampshire from New York City and sent her children’s used clothing to families in need in Mississippi, developing life-long relationships. She was a Girl Scout leader, and ran a “Wednesday School,” gathering local children each Wednesday in her Jeep to finger paint, learn puppet making, art, and more. She bowled for decades in the Wednesday morning ladies’ league, played tennis, golfed, and remained active with friends into her eighties. She loved adventure and travel.

A devoted fan of all Monadnock Huskies’ sports, Peggy could often be seen riding her bicycle to various sporting events. A musician, Peggy played clarinet in The Old Homestead play in Swanzey, and for many years played clarinet with the Westmoreland Town Band, even playing with the band at the Lincoln Memorial for the 200th anniversary of our Nation’s Capitol. Above all, Peggy loved her family and was a devoted Mom, “Grammy,” and great-grandmother.

She is survived by her sons, Michael Hanrahan and his wife Karen of Troy, NH, William Hanrahan and his wife Catherine of Charlestown, NH, her daughters, Lucy Canaday of Falmouth, Maine, and Jennifer Hanrahan of Walpole, NH, thirteen grandchildren and seventeen great-grandchildren, her brother, Roy Piper and his wife Anne and several nieces, nephews and extended family members. She is predeceased by her husband, her brother, David Piper, and her sister Nancy Murray.

A Memorial Service will be held at the First Congregational Church of Swanzey, 679 Old Homestead Hwy, Swanzey, NH., on Sunday, September 8, 2019 at 1 PM. Burial will follow in the Mountain View Cemetery, Swanzey. Family and friends are invited to call on the family from 4:00-6:00 PM on Saturday, September 7, 2019 at the Foley Funeral Home, 49 Court St. Keene, NH.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made in her memory to the Monadnock Conservancy, 16 Eagle Court, Keene, NH 03431.

Services

  • Calling Hours Saturday, 7 September , 2019
  • Memorial Service Sunday, 8 September , 2019
  • Committal Service Sunday, 8 September , 2019

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Valerie Ricardi

11 October 2019

I wish to extend my condolences to Peggy's family. Most of my best memories of The First Congregational Church of Swanzey, UCC included her. She was a positive kind Christian influence for me and my daughters, Emily and Kristy. I looked forward to hearing what Peggy had to say and looked to her for directions trusting her moral sense of direction. She was fun and her smile cheerful and genuine. I've missed her for some time. I have faith that she has passed to the hereafter, confidence that the goodness and love she cultivated here has followed her. May the Lord comfort you all and may Peggy rest in peace. ❤

anthony hartigan

18 September 2019

Charlie and Peg Hanrahan welcomed me into their lives almost 45 years ago and I have been blessed by their friendship. Peg will be sorely missed. She is together again with Charlie.

anna tilton

26 August 2019

Peg was a kind and caring person who was also an active and important member of the community. She will be missed.

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