Margaret Catherine Curley always preferred to be called “Peg” or “Peggy.” “Margaret” was like a curse word that burned her ears if even muttered under your breath. But as much as she would have loathed hearing us call her Margaret, it pains us more to tell of her passing on January 22, 2020, at 10:30AM CST.
Peg came into this world on May 19, 1948, just seconds before her twin sister, Mary. They blessed the home of Marjorie and William Curley as the first of five girls, and while they looked identical, their personalities were the yin to each other’s yang. Their bond, unbreakable.
She died peacefully, surrounded by her four unwavering and loving sisters, Joanne Holtz (nee Curley), Char Pasnik (nee Curley), Deb Foley (nee Curley), and the one with whom she came into this world, Mary Liles (nee Curley). There would have been no better way for her to leave this earth than in the presence of the strongest bond of sisters this world has ever known.
Family and friends on both two and four feet meant the world to Peg. She was a devoted daughter, an adoring sister, a kind and generous aunt, a proud great aunt, and an ardent dog mom.
Her love for her family only slightly outshined her love for Elvis, Chicago sports, and humor. Her nieces and nephews will fondly remember her for her Elvis dancing, her ability to ramble Bears stats as if she was a part of the offensive coordination team, and her thievery of everyone’s noses.
Like any good aunt, she spoiled them. She would walk them to the ice cream shop or bakery down the street from her Elmhurst home and buy them cookies, root beer floats, and hot dogs. She never missed a birthday card. She relished shopping for new baby clothes. She took each opportunity presented to make them smile with her best Donald Duck impression.
To know Peg was to know a true heart of gold. Her compassion was pure; her faith was steadfast. She would give you the shirt off her back, which means you would now own a shirt with a Disney character or Taz printed on it.
She will be missed; though, we take solace knowing several notions: her spirit of kindness and happiness will live on in all those she touched, she is united with loved ones previously lost, and heaven has gained the finest color commentator. If they play football in heaven, Peg can easily be found in the stands with her popcorn yelling, “C’mon, Girls!”
“To my twin, my other better half- I love you with all my heart and you will truly be missed.” – Mary hide