December 17, 1924 – January 19, 2019
Margaret Wigiser, 94, passed away peacefully on January 19th. Margaret was a caring friend, a dedicated and accomplished educator, and an athlete all of her life. Margaret was born in Brooklyn and graduated from Seward Park H.S. and Hunter College in New York City. Throughout her professional career as a physical education teacher and administrator, Margaret was truly a mover and shaker, playing a major role in providing gender equality for girls' sports programs. While still in college, Margaret was recruited and played professional baseball in the All-American Girls Baseball League. She played center field on the 1945 Rockford Peaches championship team, a depicted in the popular movie "A League of Their Own." As a result, she deservedly earned a place in the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY. During her many years as a physical education teacher and administrator in the NYC public schools, she mentored many young teachers who, along with Margaret, fought for, initiated and developed, the Girls' Interscholastic Program as Director of the Girls' Branch of the PSAL. Agitated by the lack of opportunity for girls to participate in interscholastic sports in NYC, she paved the way for thousands of NYC high school girls to participate in organized athletics. Upon retirement, Margaret moved to Florida and as an accomplished golfer and organizer, she continued her leadership role as an active member of her community. She is predeceased by her parents, Pauline and Henry Wigiser, her sisters, Marilyn and Bernice, and her long time partner of over 60 years, Dorothy Tocci. She will be missed by her many friends, former colleagues and family.
A funeral mass will be conducted on Wednesday, February 6th at 2:00 pm at St. Christopher's Church in Hobe Sound, FL.
Donations in her memory can be forwarded to GIRLS ON THE RUN INTERNATIONAL, 801 Morehead Street, Suite 201, Charlotte, NC 28202.
Wednesday, February 6, 2019
March 11, 2019
I just heard of her passing. I have many fond memories of her and her sisters.....my cousins.
And her mother and father. Was proud to call them family. She was tickled when she heard that I was
February 1, 2019
Margaret has left her imprint for all to follow. “To do the right thing” for all.
She was a visionary & certainly ahead of her time.
And she has passed on her energy, dignity, & commitment to many people to follow.
We both loved the game of golf & I was lucky enough to play with her many times. Margaret loved to WIN & she sure did at many things.
You are missed,