Margaret M. Balfe
July 22, 1935 – June 28, 2019
Margaret M. Balfe known as Peg or Peggy, passed away on June 28, 2019. She was born on July 22, 1935 in New York City to Ann Keating Balfe and John Thomas Balfe, who were residing in Mount Vernon, NY at the time. Shortly thereafter the family moved to Rye, NY, where she attended Resurrection Grammar School and was in the first graduating class at the Academy of the Resurrection. She attended St. Mary’s College at Notre Dame, Indiana and graduated from NYU with a B.S. in education. Peg earned her Masters of Science in Education at Hunter College in NYC and did Post Graduate Studies at Fordham University and Manhattan College.
Peg taught pre-school at a Pengilly Nursery School in Larchmont, NY and was a reading specialist in various NYC elementary schools. She was a teacher for many years at Sts. Peter and Paul in the South Bronx, until 1982, when she became Principal at Our Lady of Victory School in Mount Vernon, NY. She initiated many innovative programs at Our Lady of Victory, including After School Programs, the Writing to Read Program, a School Newspaper, and, most important for the community, a Pre-K Program for 3 and 4 year olds. She retired to Cape Cod in 2000, where she was active in the Choir at Holy Redeemer Church, and kept busy with a part time position at Pine Acres Realty. She enjoyed traveling with her friends, saw much of the world, and always liked to hear about the adventures of others.
Peg was predeceased by her parents, as well as her sisters Anita Balfe Bradley and Marie Balfe Richardson. She is survived by her sister, Eileen Balfe Harrigan of Rye, NY, 15 nieces and nephews, and several cousins.
A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at Holy Redeemer Church, 57 Highland Avenue, Chatham, Massachusetts at 11AM on Tuesday, July 9, 2019. The family will receive visitors at Nickerson Funeral Home at 87 Crowell Road in Chatham from 9AM to 10:15AM Tuesday July 9, 2019. Burial will be in the family plot at St. Joachim’s Cemetery, Beacon, NY.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Peg’s memory can be made to the Ann K. Balfe Memorial Library Fund at St. Mary’s College, Notre Dame, Indiana 46556.
Peg’s Family are grateful to her physicians as well as the Staff of Broad Reach Healthcare: Rehabilitation, The Victorian, Liberty Commons, and the Hospice Staff; and to her many friends and neighbors who assisted during the course of her battle with Parkinson’s Disease and Cancer. For online condolences, please visit www.nickersonfunerals.com.
St. Mary’s College
Ann K. Balfe Memorial Library Fund 110 Le Mans Hall , Notre Dame, Indiana 46556
- Calling Hours Tuesday, July 9, 2019
- Funeral Mass Tuesday, July 9, 2019
Margaret M. Balfe
July 18, 2019
My relationship with Peg was through Pine Acres Realty. There were few days without a smile nor pleasant greeting. Although my knowledge of Peg outside Pine Acres was small, I detected a gentle lady, but one of adventure. Knowing some of her later life issues, when I asked one day where Peg was, the reply, and my amazement, she was on a trip to Cuba. What an adventure for a lady with some issues to undertake an arduous trip to an island 100 miles off the coast of the U.S.A.
Good on you Peg Balfe and many more adventures where ever you may be.
July 6, 2019
Words seem inadequate to express the sorrow felt by the loss of Ms. Balfe. Someone as special as Ms. Balfe will never be forgotten, she will remain in my heart. With loving memories may Ms. Balfe forever Rest in Peace.
June 30, 2019
Aunt Peg and I shared a wonderful trip to Palm Springs a while back. I was on the way to an art class and she thought it would be enjoyable to ride with me there. First she let me stay at her apartment on East 29th Street in NYC. I flew to Arizona and met her at the Phoenix airport and we rented a car. She was never at a loss for interesting conversation and we chatted the whole trip. Aunt Peg returned to Phoenix via the Palm Springs airport. I just remember that it was a nice gesture and she was kind.