Friday, October 7, 2016

Obituary: Margaret (Peggy) Pitman Wingate Rase, 97, Alfred

Alfred - Margaret (Peggy) Pitman Wingate Rase, daughter of Mary Margaret and Ray W. Wingate, granddaughter of Mary Leona and John J. Merrill and great granddaughter of Mary A. Taylor and Silas Burdick, passed away October 3, 2016 after a short stay at the Wellsville Manor. Peggy was 97 years young; born September 15, 1919. She is survived by her best friend and husband, Daniel Rase whom she married June 16, 1949; two children, D. Jeremy (Esperance, NY) and Kimberly Leona Sienkiewicz (Cheektowaga, NY) and four grandchildren; Jane Grounds, D. Jake, and Matthew C. Rase and Jacey V. Sienkiewicz.

Peggy graduated from The Albany Academy for Girls (’37) where she successfully completed seven years of Latin, attended William Smith College and graduated from Alfred University (’41). She was an active member of the First Alfred Seventh Day Baptist Church serving on many committees and “work groups”. She worked as secretary for the Roger’s Machine Works in Alfred before serving as Curator of the Silverman Glass Collection and Secretary for the NYS College of Ceramics Research Department. In the early ‘50s, Peggy served as Head Secretary for a restricted governmental research program at Pennsylvania State College studying the newly found Jet Stream. After returning to Alfred, Peggy served as Alfred Village and Town Historian. She became the “go to” person for Alfred history. She was an active member of a group of local women interested in providing low cost senior citizen housing and served as President of the Alfred Housing Committee that managed the construction of the Maple and Oak Apartments. Peggy continued to serve on the AHC when it moved to Wellsville until she retired in 2010. Also, she was active in the American Cancer Society and the Allegany Republican Committee. Regardless of her commitments, she found time to prepare tasty dinners and join her family at the table.

Peggy found great joy in traveling, mostly as a family. They visited Puerto Rico, Mexico and western U.S. several times; Alaska; and an “around the world” tour. Most enjoyable for Peggy were the annual visits to their summer home at the sea shore in Quonochontaug RI where relaxation, sharing with friends and contributing another article to Tidings magazine were highlights.

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Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the Bender – Brown & Powers Funeral Home of Hornell. A memorial service will be held at the convenience of the family.