Margaret A. "Peggy" Salisbury
March 24, 1950 – May 23, 2019
Margaret A. “Peggy” Salisbury
Margaret A. Salisbury, 69, of Union, New Jersey, spread her wings peacefully on Thursday, May 23, 2019 and left this Earth after a long and courageous battle with metastatic breast cancer. Margaret was born to the late William H. Salisbury and Helen D. Van Horn Salisbury in Paterson, NJ and spent her formative years in Glen Rock, NJ. She is a graduate of both Centenary College and Montclair State University, where she studied Human Ecology and graduated with honors.
Peggy was a life member of the Girl Scouts of America, attaining the highest rank of First Class. In her first career as a clothing and textile professional working for the McCall Pattern Co. in NYC, she was instrumental in all areas of product design and development, and an active member of the Women’s Fashion Fabric Association.
In her 25+ year career with Union County government, she served first as Ombudsman, then County Spokesperson in the Office of Public Information, and finally as Marketing and Public Relations Director of Runnells Specialized Hospital. She received a National Association of Counties (NACo) Achievement Award and a Healthcare Marketing and Planning Association Member Recognition Award (2013) during her long and impactful career. In 2018 the Union County Commission on the Status of Women, sponsored by the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders, honored Peggy with the Women of Excellence Award for Lifetime Achievement. She was recognized for her Leadership, Commitment, and Many Contributions to the Community.
As a life-long Democratic Party activist and campaigner, member and officer of the Roselle Park and Union Democratic Clubs, NJ Assembly Legislative Aide, and currently serving as a Democratic County Committee Member in District 21, she always advocated for the voice of the people. Her career is punctuated by the time and energy she put behind causes she believed in, and into the organizations that supported her beliefs.
She volunteered and served the community in various capacities, including as a Patient Educator with The Cancer Teaching Project @ Pathways at The Connection in Summit, NJ, a support, wellness, and education organization for women with breast and gynecological cancer. She also reviewed grant applications for Susan G. Komen—North Jersey, and was a member of Union County Senior Citizen Council, Future City, Inc., and the Holy Spirit 60+ Club among others.
Originally diagnosed in 2003 with breast cancer, she will live on as a “Forever Fighter” of metastatic breast cancer who vowed to live each day to the fullest. Her motto was “I may have cancer, but cancer does NOT have me!” and it never did. She was a founding member of the Pathways Team SOS NJ – Save our Sisters, a breast cancer survivor dragon boat paddling team now in their 11th year. She served as co-captain and Board member, receiving the team’s Wall of Honor Award in 2016. Peggy was also passionate about fly-fishing and gardening—her tomatoes were the best! She loved to travel and could sew just about anything faster (and better) than you!
She was a very proud mother to her son, Michael D. Woliansky, CEO of No Evil Foods, and daughter, Rachel Leah Woliansky, a successful manager in the music industry and award-winning photographer. She is also survived by sisters Regina M. Seubert, Carolyn M. Ponturo and husband Paul Ponturo; nephew Douglas Seubert and nieces Megan Seubert, Ivy Ponturo Kennedy, and her husband Mark Kennedy; Michael’s partner Sadrah Schadel and grandchildren Elan Bairre Woliansky and Artemis Esther Schadel. She was predeceased by brother in-law Gary M. Seubert.
She will always be remembered as a fighter. Her voice, energy, and spirit will truly be missed by all who knew and loved her. She was a source of strength, inspiration, and always a bit of spunky humor to keep a smile on your face. She touched the lives of so many along her journey.
A memorial mass will be held on Saturday, June 15, 2019 at 10:15 AM at Holy Spirit Church, 971 Suburban Rd. Union, NJ followed by a celebration of Peggy’s life at Suburban Golf Club, 1730 Morris Ave. Union, NJ, 07083.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Peggy’s name to these organizations:
• Pathways Women’s Cancer Support: Lesley Andrews, Pathways Director, The Connection 79 Maple Street Summit, NJ 07901, https://operations.daxko.com/Features/OnlineGiving/DonationDetails.aspx?cid=5147
• Future City, Inc.: 1045 E Jersey St, Elizabeth, NJ 07201, http://futurecityinc.org/
Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.McCrackenFuneralHome.com for the Salisbury/Woliansky family.
- Memorial Mass Saturday, June 15, 2019
Margaret A. "Peggy" Salisbury
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June 9, 2019
Thinking of you, Michael and Rachel, with wishes of peace and comfort. I feel fortunate to have spent time celebrating with Aunt Peggy and our family at the end of March. This photo was taken on March 13, 2017 when Aunt Peggy and I spent a wonderful day at The PHS Philadelphia Flower Show. We had the best time walking through the beautiful flowers, taking in the Butterflies Live! exhibit, drinking coffee, eating lunch, and just enjoying the experience. This is how I will remember her, smiling and surrounded by flowers. Rest easy, Aunt Peggy.
June 1, 2019
I only met you once through your daughter Rachel and I immediately liked you. You had a contagious smile, you were open and sweet and clearly loved your children which only made you even more lovely to me. I knew about your battle and expected you to be less powerful than you actually were. I wish we had had more time together. I hope your dreams for your son and daughter come true. My condolences Rachel, I love you and feel sad about your loss and the loss to the world. My condolences to the entire family. Please stay in touch with me.
Margaret “ Peggy” McEntee Camden
May 31, 2019
There were 4 of us Margaret “Peggy’s” at Glen Rock HS. This past October Peggy insisted I come to our 50 th reunion! How could I say no to Peggy and what a wonderful time we had talking of old times and the present and the future! I never did get to see her for many years but we became FB friends and followed each other’s lives. She was a remarkable women and led a aspiring life. In HS she was a great friend and although our lives went different directions I will always remember her kind heart and friendship!
You are truly in heaven and in no pain. Love you much 💕 Margaret “Peggy”!!!
May 31, 2019
Since learning of Peggy's passing earlier this week I have struggled to put into words how much she meant to me. I met Peggy about 25 years ago through my friendship with her children. She was an amazing mother who instilled kindness, compassion, and empathy in her children which allowed Rachel and Michael to support me in some of the most difficult times in my life. Peggy welcomed me into her family, and gave me the opportunity to experience things I would have never had the opportunity to otherwise. I feel so fortunate that she remained in contact with me for years after my friendship with her children faded. She most recently shared with me that she saw Springsteen on Broadway and we reminisced about seeing him together years earlier. I will always be grateful for the memories I had with her and the support she provided me throughout the years she was in my life.
May 30, 2019
I got the privilvege of meeting Peggy while on tour in 2017 with The Magnetic Fields through her daughter Rachel, who was our road manager and guardian angel. Peggy came to several shows, and most notably the UK, to see us, and I will never forget our conversations backstage at Barbican in London and in the hotel lobby post-show. She was funny, inspired, irreverent, politically engaged, and most profoundly alive. I loved her the minute I met her. I am quite certain that she touched many, many lives during her stay here on the planet. I am truly lucky to have met her.
May 30, 2019
Me and Peggy go back so very long. She was a beautiful lady inside and out. She always put everyone before herself And ALWAYS lent a helping hand. I will never forget what she did for me and I am so very happy to have had her in my life. I’m heartbroken ,but I know that she’s at peace and pain free now. My deepest condolences to Rachel and Mike. Please call me anytime. Rest In Peace My Sweet Beautiful Friend . Until We Meet Again
May 26, 2019
Peggy, as I always called her, brings back to my mind many fond memories of our childhood days which were spent together with our families on weekends and special holidays. I was fortunate to spend time and share lunch with Peggy and my sister only a few weeks ago. Our sincere sympathy to Peggy's children, sisters and extended family.