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Peggy Cekoric

Peggy B Cekoric

Wednesday January 24th, 1940 - Thursday September 17th, 2020
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Peggy Barnes Cekoric, 80, of West Amwell Township New Jersey died peacefully at her home with her family, where she has lived for over 35 years. Born January 24, 1940 on Staten Island, New York, to the late William and Eustelle Barnes, Peggy was a proud New Yorker who loved to celebrate her Irish heritage. Peggy was a registered nurse whose career began at St. Vincent’s Hospital on Staten Island. It was while working at Doctors Hospital also on Staten Island where she met and married her husband of 55 years, Tom Cekoric. She later worked as a substitute school nurse at South Hunterdon High School. Peggy received a bachelor’s degree from St. Joseph’s College in Maine, and a master’s degree from the College of St. Elizabeth in New Jersey. She was active member of St. James Parish in Pennington, NJ and became an Associate of the Sisters of Charity of New York, serving as its first lay Director. The first to plan a trip or get together, Peggy was always up for an adventure. She loved hiking and walking, especially with her dog on the towpath in Lambertville. She spent many years sailing in Maryland and enjoyed spending time with family and friends. She especially enjoyed sledding, swimming, and making sandcastles with her children and grandchildren. The first person on the dance floor, Peggy loved a good party. Youngest sister to the late William Barnes and Donald Barnes, Peggy is survived by her husband of over 55 years Tom Cekoric and her sister, Sr. Carol Barnes along with many cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends. A loving mother of five, Peggy always put her children first. She is now at peace with her late son Michael Cekoric and is survived by her daughter and son-in-law Carol Anne and Gregory Ent, her son and daughter-in-law Thomas and Terry Cekoric, her daughter-in law Suzanne Cekoric, her daughter Tricia Cekoric, her son and fiancé Mathew Cekoric and Karly Klein and her daughter-in-law Heidi Cekoric. Peggy had a great pride and love for her husband and children, her smile was brightest when she heard someone call for their Nanny (or Nanny Peggy). There was no greater joy for her than spending time with and talking about her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Her grandsons, Christian and Ryan Ent; her granddaughters and their families, Calla and Chris Senss, Madalyn and Ethan Pell, Michaela Cekoric and Bijou and Anthony Cox; her greatgrandchildren, Peyton and Jameson Senss, Amelia Pell, and Charlotte Cox. Peggy was a strong and selfless woman and will forever be remembered for her smile, her laugh, her kindness and love along with a little bit of mischief, just for fun. Family and friends will be received at Garefino’s Funeral Home, 12 N. Franklin St. Lambertville, NJ, Sunday, September 20, from 1:00-3:00 pm. Due to the current circumstances of Covid-19 please know her family fully understands that not all are able to pay their respects in person and ask that you remember her in your thoughts and prayers. In lieu of flowers, please consider memorial contributions to: The Sisters of Charity of New York, 6301 Riverdale Ave., Bronx, NY 10471, , The Michael J. Fox Foundation, PO Box 5014, Hagerstown, MD 21741-5041, ,  The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society,  PO Box 9031 Pittsfield, MA. 01202m or theThe Hunterdon County YMCA , 144 W.Woodschurch Rd., Flemington, NJ 08822,
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Al Rossi, SHRHS

Posted at 12:00am
Dear Tricia,What tragic events - beyond all language and comprehension - but you will not only endure you will prevail. ~ Al Rossi, SHRHS

Mary McCurdy,

Posted at 12:00am
Deepest sympathy and condolences to you, Tom and family and to Sr. Carol. Peggy's wide and loving spirit crossed borders often. Treasuring the time we (S. Arleen and I) visited Lambertville and guess what we did? Jumped on the trampoline with Peggy !Our friendship via the charity Associate relationship will never be forgotten. White light surround you, dear friend! ~ Mary McCurdy, Saint John, New Brunswick

Debbie Bracaglia,

Posted at 12:00am
Peggy will be dearly missed. She was a wonderful person - kind loving and generous. She and Tom took my mother, sister and I in when we had no place to go many years ago. She had a baby at the time and lived in a 2 bedroom apartment. I will be forever grateful to her and Tom for that act of kindness and love. ~ Debbie Bracaglia, Basking Ridge, New Jersey

Joseph Demyon

Posted at 12:00am
I will miss Peggy very, very much. She was a joy to work with whenever she was at South Hunterdon. She was the consummate parent whose guidance and kindness helped her children become some of the finest adults in the community. My condolences and heartfelt sorrow go out to all her family. You are all in my thoughts and prayers as is Peggy. ~ Joseph Demyon

Ruth Stepanovic

Posted at 12:00am
Tom, our deepest condolences to you and the family in the loss of Peggy. It was nice seeing you 2 and Patty at your Aunt Dancy’’s 100th birthday party. Praying for God’s comfort and peace to you all during this difficult time. You are In our thoughts and prayers. Steve and Ruth Stepanovic ~ Ruth Stepanovic

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