Margaret "Peggy" R. O'Leary, beloved daughter of the late Robert, Sr. and late Florence (nee Wolski), loving sister of Patrick, Steve (Carol), Robert, Jr., Nancy (Thomas) Langosch, late Michael, and late Karen (late Anthony) Konienczka; dear aunt and friend of many. Peggy was a lifelong resident of Bridgeport and a White Sox fan.
May the road rise to meet you
May the wind be always at your back
May the sun shine warm upon your face
and the rain fall soft upon your fields
and until we meet again.
May God hold you in the hollow of his hand.
-An Irish Blessing for the departed.
Margaret Ruth O'Leary, also known to family and those close to her as Peg, Peggy, or Aunt Peggy, is the 2nd of 7 siblings:
Her older brother Mike, and her younger siblings Patrick, Karen, Steve, Bobby, and Nancy.
Peg was a proud Irish American and lover of all things Irish.
She was an avid reader.
She worked at the Holsum Bakery for many years as a data entry specialist.
She had a great love of sports: specifically the White Sox and the Blackhawks.
In the 70's she would go to many of the Sox games where she interacted with the players and became friends with many of the players on the White Sox at the time.
It was the same with the Blackhawks Hockey Team.
Her brother Bobby recalls one time that she took him to see a hockey game. She stated "I hope Bobby Hull doesn't see me; whenever he sees me he always hits the puck at me!"
At some point during the game Bobby saw her; and sure enough he sent the puck sailing in their direction.
She also enjoyed playing Nintendo and other video games.
Her niece Veronica recalls as a young girl playing Sonic the Hedgehog with Aunt Peg on the Sega Genesis.
When Peg was younger she did not like to eat her vegetables.
Her babysitter Rosalie recalls that she tried to avoid eating her vegetables by hiding them under her plate.
That strategy worked well at first; until it was time to clean up the plates!
Despite not liking vegetables as a child, she enjoyed cooking as she grew up.
Among other dishes she enjoyed making lasagna.
She carried on her mothers' tradition of making the O'Leary three layer jello for every O'Leary holiday get together.
This is not normal jello: it is a very particular dish.
This is one of the things that I will always remember fondly of Peg: the three layer jello was always a popular dish and she always made sure it was available.
Even on the occasion she was not feeling well enough to attend the party she would make sure the jello still made it.
Peg's siblings describe her as kind hearted; a very giving soul.
She always gave very thoughtful gifts to her nieces and nephews which further exemplified her giving nature along with wanting to make sure her family was well fed even when she could not be present.
As we remember the times we spent with Peg, we remember her smile, her giving nature, her stories.
Peg, you were our sister, our cousin, our aunt, our great aunt, and we will miss you.
May the blessing light be upon you: light without and light within.
And in all your comings and goings may you ever kindly have a greeting from them you meet on the road.
- Another Irish Blessing
Visitation will be Wednesday, June 22, 2022 from 3 - 8:00 pm and Thursday, June 23, 2022 from 8 until 10:00 am chapel service at Walter Pomierski & Son Funeral Home, 1059 West 32nd Street, Chicago,, IL 60608. Interment Resurrection Cemetery. (773)927-6424