Margaret M. Cummiskey

June 2, 1924January 14, 2013

Margaret M. Cummiskey June 2, 1924 – January 14, 2013

Devoted – Loving daughter who cared for her mother throughout her mother’s life. Peg also was a sister, an aunt and a friend who loved unconditionally and who did not shy away from voicing her opinion, whether or not she agreed.

Pioneer – A career IBM professional when women were more often found in support and administrative roles, Peg took her intelligence, Barnard education and abundance of common sense and applied them to help her customers and employer solve problems on the front lines of the computing revolution.

Loyal – Lifelong friend to her classmates at Barnard, IBM, and her church. If Peg made you a friend, you were a friend for life.

Tireless – Volunteer who knew that God wanted her to give of her time to help the church, the sick and the dying. Peg believed that the rewards for her work came from the new friends she made. When she was no longer physically capable of helping she continued her support financially, but never told anyone.

Intrepid – She loved traveling. She loved the journey and being taken out of her comfort zone. The more exotic the locale the better, especially if she shared the experience with friends and loved ones.

Grateful – Helped in the last few years by caregivers who quickly became members of Peg’s family and inner circle. She understood and appreciated the often immense effort involved.

Missed - …by legions of friends. Peg, thank you for everything. We will remember you always.



  • Visitation Friday, January 18, 2013
  • Mass of Christian Burial Friday, January 18, 2013


  • Final Resting Place

Margaret M. Cummiskey

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January 17, 2013

All my love to the woman who introduced me to my love of theatre and the arts, took me to my first French restaurant, taught me not to mix milk, lemon, and sugar into my tea (in addition to all other things etiquette!), indulged my love of reading with the most wonderful books from your favorite bookstore, wowed me with your independence and stories of your travels and adventures, helped teach me that a woman can be successful in a "man's world", and just generally loved me and spoiled me rotten. And I always thought it was funny that I was given your name as my middle name but you went by Peg because you didn't like Margaret! Lise Margaret Trapasso Barrick (Lewisburg, PA)

Liz Cummiskey

January 16, 2013

We love you Peggy and remember the annual installment of Nancy Drew mysteries to Megan, our visits to the Metropolitan Museum of art, your tales of travel, your visit to Minneapolis, your laughter, your car, your sharing of prayers and abiding faith, your love for God, and so much more. Peace to all at this time, Liz, Megan, and Melanie. Loving niece and grandnieces.