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Leppert Mortuaries – Carmel

900 N. Rangeline Rd., Carmel, IN

OBITUARY

Margaret "Pegeen" Comerford

January 1, 1945September 20, 2019
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Margaret Mary (Pegeen) Comerford, 74, of Carmel, IN, passed peacefully at home on September 20, 2019.

Pegeen was born in Brooklyn, NY, on January 1, 1945, to William Valentine and Margaret Mary (Fontaine) Norris. The family moved to Tottenville on Staten Island, NY, when she was eight years old. After she graduated from St. Peter's High School in Brooklyn, Pegeen entered the religious order, The Missionary Servants of the Blessed Trinity. Throughout her seven years of service, she was stationed in Philadelphia, Alabama, and Connecticut. Pegeen was a devout Catholic, and spirituality was a fundamental part of her life.

On January 13, 1972, Pegeen married the love of her life, Jim Comerford. They had a long and inspiring love story.

She received her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Holy Family University in 1970, and she took graduate courses from Temple University. She retired from Aspire Indiana in 2014.

Pegeen was a devoted wife, mother, Nana, sister, daughter, and friend. She was known to all for her kind and loving spirit. Many have described her as “pure love.” She valued family above all and especially treasured time spent with her grandchildren. Nana, as she was called by her grandchildren, delighted in gardening and cooking with the grands and the conversations it would spark. She was each child’s biggest fan and rejoiced in every one of their accomplishments, both big and small. She attended all of the sporting events and activities of her children and later her grandchildren. She was also the family director of photography and made sure that Papa (her husband, Jim) captured all the special moments and significant events. No detail was too small to celebrate.

She was deeply committed to community service throughout her life. Over the years in Indiana, Pegeen was involved in several charity activities at St. Luke Parish and then at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church. Volunteering at the food pantry was particularly dear to her heart in her later years.

Preceded by her loving parents William and Margaret Norris; survived by devoted husband Jim Comerford, her children: Jim (Nicole Woods), Katheen (Matt Barnett), and John (Erica) Comerford, her grandchildren: Ella and Finnian Comerford-Barnett and Melanie, Deklan, Jillian, and Joseph Comerford and her siblings: Julie Laurenzi, Billy, Tim, David, John, and Paul Norris.

Visitation will be held on Friday, September 27, 2019, from 9:00 to 10:30 AM with a Mass of Christian Burial to follow at 10:30 AM, at St.Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church, 10655 Haverstick Rd., Carmel, Indiana 46033.

In lieu of flowers, Pegeen’s family requests contributions to the Missionary Servants of the Most Blessed Trinity at WWW.MSBT.ORG or at 3501 Solly Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19136.

Services

  • Visitation Friday, September 27, 2019
  • Mass of Christian Burial Friday, September 27, 2019

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Ron and Maryellen Shore

September 27, 2019

Although at some point we knew to expect the inevitable but it was still with deep sadness when it finally happened. Through it all, she and Jim were a great inspiration. I could only hope that I will be as brave.

Anyone who knew her could not help but be fond of her. She was an incredibly good soul. We will have nothing but fondest memories of her till we are no longer on the planet.

She will be greatly missed.

Maryellen and Ronald Shore

Susan Fullen

September 26, 2019

I only knew Pegeen for a short time but I've come to love her dearly. I met her at the Indianapolis Camera Club. I will miss her dearly.

Pamelia Storms-Barrett

September 26, 2019

My sympathy to "Pegeen"'s family. I had the pleasure of sharing our faith through the "Awaken" ministry at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton. She was so delightful and always added thoughtful insights to the discussions. May she rest in peace in the loving arms of our Father.

Julie Laurenzi

September 26, 2019

Pegeen, my big sister, my mentor, protector, I will miss you every day until we meet again. Thank you for your kindness, generosity, caring and love. Thank you for living with open attitudes, teaching us to always be inclusive and non-judgmental. Thank you for being such a good listener. I miss you already. Thank you for taking care when I needed a place to stay. For helping me find my first job. For introducing me to Mary Laurenzi. I love you Pegeen. Your Family is my family now. Hugs, kisses.

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