Margaret "Peggy" Walders

Obituary of Margaret "Peggy" A. Walders

WALDERS - Margaret A.
“Peggy” (née O’Connell)
Of Elma, passed away
peacefully on April 26,
2021, at the age of 72
after a courageous
battle fought for over
twenty years with two
autoimmune diseases,
Sjögren’s Syndrome and Primary Biliary
Cirrhosis. Despite the physical limitations
that these conditions had upon her, they
could never break or diminish her spirit,
her love for family and friends and above
all else, her faith. She remained strong
until the very end and she will forever be
an inspiration of strength and grace to all
who knew her. Peggy was born October
31, 1948 in Lackawanna, NY, to the late
Marion (née Roessler) and Thomas
O’Connell. Peggy is the beloved wife of
Peter Walders and devoted mother of
Patrick, Bridget (Greg) Mills and Mary
Kate (Matthew Coseo) and grandmother
to Connor, Ian, Christian and Tallis.
Peggy loved being a mother to her
children and her greatest joy was being
“Grammy” and “Nana” to her beloved
grandchildren who adored her. Peggy
impacted the lives of so many through her
care for others, kindness, deep
compassion, steady strength and love.
Throughout her life, Peggy had a strong,
unshakable faith in Jesus and shared her
faith through various ministries including
serving as an Associate of the Sisters of
St. Joseph and as a Eucharistic Minister,
teaching religious education and being a
devoted member to the Cursillo
Movement. Peggy also led a bereavement
support group for over 20 years and
assisted countless families with faith in
times of grief. Peggy had a special gift for
teaching children and from 1968 - 1975
taught at St. Mary’s School for the Deaf
as a teacher’s aide. In addition to her
parents, Peggy was predeceased by her
brothers, Charles McNerney and Jack
McNerney. Other survivors include one
brother, Thomas (Marilyn) O’Connell; and
two sisters, Mary Jane (Bret) Norris and
Donna (Richard) Zannett. She is also
survived by nieces, nephews and many
dear friends and all who were fortunate to
know her. Relatives and friends may visit
the LOMBARDO FUNERAL HOME
(Southtowns Chapel), 3060 Abbott Rd.
near Lake Ave., on Friday from 2-7 PM. A
Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated
on Saturday morning in St. Vincent de
Paul Roman Catholic Church, 6441
Seneca St., Springbrook at 10:00 o’clock
(Please assemble at church). Interment
Nativity of Our Lord Cemetery in Orchard
Park. PURSUANT TO NYS GUIDELINES,
OCCUPANCY LIMITS WILL BE
OBSERVED. PLEASE WEAR A FACE
COVERING. Online condolences may be
made at www.lombardofuneralhome.com

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