OBITUARY

Margaret Marie Raynoha

February 15, 1919May 6, 2019

Margaret Marie Raynoha, age 100, of San Diego, California passed away on Monday May 6, 2019. Margaret was born February 15, 1919 in Wisconsin.

A visitation for Margaret will be held Thursday, May 9, 2019 from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM at Blessed Sacrament Church, 4540 El Cerrito Dr., San Diego, CA 92115. A rosary will occur Thursday, May 9, 2019 from 7:00 PM to 7:30 PM. A funeral mass will occur Friday, May 10, 2019 from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM. A burial will occur at Holy Cross Cemetery & Mausolem, 4470 HILLTOP DR, SAN DIEGO, California 92102-3651.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.goodbodymortuary.com for the Raynoha family.

Services

  • Visitation Thursday, May 9, 2019
  • Rosary Thursday, May 9, 2019
  • Funeral Mass Friday, May 10, 2019

Memories

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Kelli Gallagher

May 15, 2019

Thanksgiving 2016. Four generations- Peggy, Susan, Kelli & Susie (3 weeks old). Grandma didn't want to give Susie back!

Kelli Gallagher

May 15, 2019

Grandma's 95th birthday party!

Kelli Gallagher

May 14, 2019

Susie and Grandma 2018

Robert LaCosta

May 14, 2019

We shared the same birthday and a lot of memories. I will forever love her and be impacted by her love for Christ.
Bob LaCosta

Caroline Kloberdanz-Smith

May 13, 2019

My sincere condolences to all the Raynoha Family on the passing of your Mother.

~Caroline Kloberdanz
(from the neighborhood and Blessed Sacrament Parish School, '60s)

Peggy Thrailkill

May 13, 2019

Margaret Marie (Kriel) Raynoha also known as “PEGGY”

Peggy entered this world in 1919 in Janesville Wisconsin as the sixth child born to first generation immigrants, Robert Kriel, born in Germany and Olga Felgendregher, born in Russia. The family moved to Madison Wisconsin where Peggy attended grammar school and high school. She was known to her immediate family as “Dolly” because of her petite size.

While in High School, Peggy met and dated the young man she would love and later marry. They were married March 15, 1941 and remained married for 50 years until John’s death in April 1991. Together they raised six children. Before being married Peggy lived with her parents doing volunteer work in a factory making doll clothing for underprivileged children, during the depression and the war.

Peggy lived in Madison Wisconsin, Davenport Iowa, Seattle Washington, and Fond du Lac, Wisconsin before moving to California in 1959. The move to California was done with 2 cars and 6 children, of which the youngest was just a month old. During all the travel and challenges Peggy remained positive and happy, her focus was her family to whom she taught courage, a love of God through daily prayers and weekly mass.

1959 was the beginning of Peggy’s involvement with the church by devoting much of her time to volunteering at Blessed Sacrament Church and BS School. She was a leading member of the Women’s Club participating and leading all activities. She loved to dance and never missed an opportunity to be involved with the church’s annual dinner dance.

She is survived by her six children: Peggy (Bill) Thrailkill of Ramona Ca, John (Rita) Raynoha of La Mesa Ca, Joseph (Lona) Raynoha of Julian Ca, James (Cyndy) Raynoha of Laguna Beach Ca, Mary Raynoha of Clarksville TN, Susan (Paul) La Costa of San Diego, Ca. Peggy is survived by nine grandchildren and seven great grandchildren, each of whom she loved dearly. She was loved deeply by her family and friends .

Brian Raynoha

May 13, 2019

By her Grandson Brian Raynoha

No matter what fad or phase I was in, Grandma was a constant with good advice and always happy to talk to me about where I was in life. She would always put my life back in perspective, often reminding me to enjoy it as it goes by fast.
Although she had strong Catholic values and values from the earlier generation, I never felt judged when I went through my liberal stages.
She gently encouraged me to raise my kids in the Catholic faith.
She was an example of service to the Church for us.
She missed grandpa dearly and was not happy to have to live for so long without him., she kept on going.

Kelli Gallagher

May 13, 2019

Kelli - additional thoughts :

In a world today where we are bombarded with people selling everything from the latest diets to fitness and wellness, it's refreshing to see a centenarian who didn't do anything "special." No fads for grandma. Looking at grandma I'm reminded that maybe it's ok if I don't buy all organic produce, or get the really expensive anti-aging products, or if I miss the gym every now and then (or altogether for the past 9 months!). She enjoyed sweets and coffee, and so do I. Looking at her life leads one to believe there is more to a long, healthy and prosperous life other than "scientific health." It's that purpose, caring for others and community piece that I believe let this world enjoy grandma for over 100 years.
-As life changed and transitions occurred, grandma stayed a constant- same home, same pictures in the home, same furniture, same daily routine, same church,same friends, same "helllllo" when she answered the phone. Even looking back at pictures over the years she doesn't change. She's a matriarch that kept her family together for nearly 3 decades after her husband's passing.
-My final memory was her 100th birthday party. I'll never forget us singing happy birthday to her and Aunt Cindy singing "and many more," and quick as a whip (amazing for a 100 year old!), grandma very firmly declared "NO" with her hand up. I even have a video of it.

Kelli Gallagher

May 13, 2019

By Granddaughter Kelli Gallagher
Attributes and memories of Grandma
As a kid growing up, I know we loved grandma's candy jar- especially the smarties! She could make the most beautiful flower girl dresses which were so special and unique! She also never missed a grandparent’s day, and Jessie and I loved showing off our small but mighty grandma.
-She was the ultimate example of time-honored values. She raised a large family, had a long marriage to the same person, lived a life in moderation, frugal, humble, no excesses, served her church and community for 60 years. She was seemingly quiet, never one to give unsolicited advice, but you knew her prayers were powerful, as she spent a lot of her time in prayer. She woke up every day and had a purpose, even long after her kids had grown up and moved away. You can see the importance of community through her- over 50 friends showed up for her 95th birthday party. How many of us have 50 friends, not work colleagues or family members, but friends that would show up to our birthday party? Some would call it stubbornness, but I'd say she was very human in her struggle giving up her responsibilities that made her important and needed in her church community- serving communion at 8AM mass every day, doing the church linen for decades, running the mother's group or bingo on Tuesdays, making coffee after mass, and my favorite story, refusing to give up her church basement key- I hope she is holding it right now as her final protest that it was indeed HER key. Then again, maybe it is a little stubbornness that contributes to longevity- never giving up and holding on as long as humanly possible. I loved that she didn't watch TV, but preferred to read, or do her hobbies of crocheting and sewing. She turned her hobbies into service for others like when she made baby blankets for infants who had died- a thought morbid to most, but she expressed her work as the only personalized item the baby would ever have on this earth.

Kelli Gallagher

May 13, 2019

By her Granddaughter Kelli Gallagher on Grandma’s secret to living to 100!

What is the secret to living to 100? Grandma would probably say it wasn't any special diet, although she always ate in moderation, or exercise regiment, although until this year always walked to church every day. She'd probably say it had something to do with taking care of others and having purpose every day in life- 6 kids, a 50-year marriage, and 60 years of selfless service to her church and community. She said she protested this birthday (with God), but, since you're here go for it Grandma, HAPPY 100TH BIRTHDAY!!!

FROM THE FAMILY