July 16, 1949 – June 9, 2019
Our cherished Peggy Freedman, age 69, of Newton, MA, passed away on Sunday, June 9, 2019. Bravely battling cancer for a number of years, Peggy was surrounded by family at the time of her passing. She was the beloved mother of Jessica Freedman and her husband, Marc Haggerty, and loving grandmother to Leela and Kaya Haggerty. Peggy was much loved and is survived by her siblings and their spouses: Joan Silver, Jeffrey and Debby Diamond, and Philip and Claudia Diamond; as well as by her brother–in-law and sister in-law, Arnold Freedman and Lori Kahn; and by Gladys Freedman. Peggy also loved spending time with her nieces and nephews: Adam Silver, Lauren Del Balso, David Diamond, Jay Karol, Jacob Freedman, Shoshana Rosen, Hannah Freedman, Michael Diamond, Tori Diamond, and Zipi Diamond, and also with her grandnieces and grandnephews.
Prior to retirement, Peggy worked as a planner for the Developmental Disabilities Council for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. She was an active and beloved member of Temple Shalom, where she had her bat mitzvah as an adult, participated in diverse learning opportunities, and helped to archive temple records. An avid reader, Peggy also loved puzzles, gardening, taking long walks, traveling with her sister and her temple, exploring Honolulu on visits with her daughter and granddaughters, and most of all, spending time with her family and friends who loved her very much. Peggy’s granddaughter, Leela, remembers that her Grandma loved visiting Leela’s school, Leela’s artwork, flowers, and taking walks in botanical gardens and arboretums. Kaya loved when Grandma played the vegetarian version of “This Little Piggy” with her toes (“this little piggy had tofu…”). Peggy was famous for her delicious pecan pies, candied nuts, homemade apple sauce, and raisin-free haroses.
The family would like to put a memory book together for Peggy's granddaughters. Please bring photos and written reflections to the shiva or to Temple Shalom so that a memory book can be created.
- Funeral Service Wednesday, June 12, 2019
- Shiva Thursday, June 13, 2019
- Shiva Thursday, June 13, 2019
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June 14, 2019
Peggy and I were in the same bat mitzvah class. It was a memorable experience for all of us. I remember Peggy as a lovely, kind person and always enjoyed being in her company.
My deepest condolences to all her family. She will be missed and her memory cherished.
June 12, 2019
I knew Peggy from Temple Shalom, through the sisterhood and activities that we worked on together. I especially remember bonding over books at the rummage sale. Somehow Peggy was able to make order out of chaos and lovingly organized hundreds of books so that they could be properly displayed for sale. She was a gentle, kind soul and she will be sorely missed. It is a great loss to our community. Please accept our deepest condolences.
June 11, 2019
I didn't know Peggy well, but loved spending time with her during the Sisterhood rummage sale as we sorted the donated books into categories. I learned about Peggy, her love of family and watched as many of the books made it into her personal pile. She will be missed. My thoughts are with her family during this difficult time.