Margaret Ann Leighton, 93

Published 9:48 am Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Margaret Ann “Peggy” Leighton, 93, died Friday, July 15, 2011, at her home.

Peggy was born Aug. 13, 1917, in Austin to George and Sarah Jane (Lewis) Fisch.

Margaret Leighton

She graduated from St. Augustine High School in Austin in 1935. She married Charles William Leighton on Aug. 18, 1938, at St. Augustine Catholic Church in Austin. He preceded her in death on June 8, 1982.

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Peggy was a teletype operator for George A. Hormel Co.

She was a member of St. Augustine Catholic Church, Sacred Heart Hospice Auxiliary, St. Olaf Hospital Auxiliary, Golden Eagle Scout, Volunteer at Comforcare Care Center, Sacred Heart Care Center and avid card player with numerous local card groups as well as many hard fought games of Huckley Buck with her family.

Peggy was always a hard worker who loved to keep busy. She worked local estate sales until she was in her late 80s. No baby left the Austin hospital without one of Peggy’s special baby hats. She knitted more than 1,700 hats for the local nursery. Most of all, she loved spending time with her family and doting on her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Survivors include her children, Kathleen (James) Ray of Beaverton, Ore., Jeanne (James) Drummond of Montgomery, Ala., Michael (Connie) Leighton of Boynton Beach, Fla., Sara (Tom) Stiehm of Austin, Minn., Anne Marie (Greg) Meyer of Austin and John (Karyn) Leighton of Coral Springs, Fla.; sister, Mary Wolcott (Leroy Koch) of Austin; 14 grandchildren, Julie (Chad) Finney, Amy (Kevin) Stuck, Tom (Amber) Ray, Mike (Stacy) Ray, Chris (Karen) Ray, Tim (Gina) Ray, Jennifer (JR) Dees, Jonathon (Heather) Hackman, Robyn (Doug) Reynolds, Ryan Leighton, Nicole (Tony) Fix, Kristen (Troy) Stebbins, Benjamin Meyer, Tess Leighton; 28 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; many other nieces, nephews, cousins, friends and neighbors.

She was preceded in death by her husband; sister, Frances Giaquinto; brother, George Fisch and a great-grandson, Christopher Ray.

A Memorial Mass will be celebrated 11 a.m. Saturday, July 23, at St. Augustine Catholic Church with Father John Traufler officiating. There will be a 4 p.m. CCW Rosary and a 6:30 p.m. prayer service on Friday evening at Mayer Funeral Home where friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. on Friday and one hour before the service at the church on Saturday. Honorary Bearers will be her grandchildren, Nicole Fix, Kristen Stebbins, Benjamin Meyer, Ryan Leighton, Robyn Reynolds and Tess Leighton. Interment will be in Calvary Cemetery.