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Marguerite Conrad
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Marguerite (Peg) Keenan Conrad of McLean, VA devoted wife of nearly 60 years to the love of her life, Peter Conrad (deceased) joined him on November 25, 2017 as she passed to the Lord.

Born in South Orange, New Jersey, Peg was the cherished only child of Marguerite (Keatley) and Phillip Keenan. She grew up surrounded by her grandparents and many uncles and aunts, forming a special bond with her beloved aunt, Eleanor. Peggy attended Oak Knoll School of the Holy Child in Summit, New Jersey and then matriculated at Caldwell University where she earned a B.A in English in 1952. It was while Peg was at Caldwell that she met Pete at a Glee Club concert beginning a lifelong devotion that spanned decades. After graduation, Peg became a first grade teacher, first at St Columba’s in Newark, NJ serving economically challenged youth, and subsequently in Mountainside, NJ and Arlington, VA. She was adored by her students, many of whom attended her wedding. In 1954 she left New Jersey for good as she and Pete relocated to Virginia. There she happily raised five children and devoted herself to the challenges and joys of a big family. She was always a teacher at heart, devoting long hours and energy fostering her own children’s education and development. Peg loved to tell stories, and if she didn’t have a story she would happily make one up on the spot! She loved reading (especially mysteries!), music, travel, dancing and graciously entertaining her family and their many friends; she talked to everyone and was the life of every party. Despite this Peg had an iron spirit and held high expectations for those whom she loved, yet when the chips were down she could always be counted on for unwavering support. Peg was a devout Catholic who for many years was a daily communicant and a “child of Mary,” to whom she prayed the rosary daily for much of her life. She would often be found tucked away in the corner of the living room or on the balconies at Sea Isle or Marco saying a novena. Her faith, family and her long and happy marriage to Pete were the sustaining elements of her life.

Peg leaves her five beloved children: Marguerite Roach and her husband, James of Sudbury, MA, Peter and his wife, Jane of St. Louis, MO, Elizabeth Dubbelde and her husband, John of Woodbridge, VA, Patricia Rizzo and her husband, James of McLean, VA and Robert and his wife, Piper of Vienna, VA.; and 15 grandchildren: Meredith, Keenan, James, Jillian, John A, Molly, John P, Thomas, Madeleine, Abigail, Meg, Peter, Luke, Phillip, Sydney and great-grandson, Ben.

Relatives and friends are invited to Peggy’s celebration of life at Money and King Funeral Home, 171 Maple Ave, Vienna, VA on Sunday, December 3 from 3-5 pm. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St Luke Catholic Church, 7001 Georgetown Pike, McLean, VA on Monday, December 4 at 11 am. Interment will follow at Fairfax Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in her memory to the Alzheimer’s Association (www.alz.org).


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Visitation

Sunday

3

Dec

3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Money & King Funeral Home

171 W. Maple Ave.
Vienna, VA 22180

Service

Monday

4

Dec

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
St Luke Catholic Church

7001 Georgetown Pike
McLean, VA 22101

Cemetery Details

Location

Fairfax Memorial Park Cemetery

9900 Braddock Rd
Fairfax, VA 22032

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