Richards, Margaret “Peggy”

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Margaret (Peggy) Richards, 90 of Gaylord, went to her Heavenly home on Friday, March 16, 2018 at Aspen Ridge Retirement Village of Gaylord.  She was surrounded by love.

Peggy was born on March 15, 1928, in Ecorse, Michigan to the late Joseph and Constance (Heide) Lesner. Peggy grew up in Ecorse with ten brothers and sisters. After graduating from high school, Peggy met Charles (Ed) Richards. They married and raised eleven children, eventually settling in the Waters area.

Peggy was well known in  Gaylord, she worked many jobs throughout the years but is best known for her social work with DHS. She volunteered for Hospice of Michigan, offering hours of comfort to those in need of loving support. After retirement, Peggy spent many hours with the St. Mary Cathedral Choir. Her most shining  moment was going to Rome with the choir to sing for the Pope.

Peggy is survived by her sister Dorothy Edwards, brother Hugh (Joan) Lesner, son Patrick (Joanne), daughter Cynthia Friedenstab, daughter Margaret Hearns, daughter Constance (Mike) Nelson and sons Kevin (Jerri Lee), Robert (Lori), Richard and Shawn (Wanda); twenty grandchildren, thirty-four great grandchildren and three great-great grandchildren, many nieces and nephews.

Peggy was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Ed, her children, Eddie, Jane and Ruth.

A mass of Christian Burial will be held on Wednesday, March 21, 2018 at 11:00 AM from St. Mary Cathedral with visitation at 10:00-11:00 AM. Visitation will be held on Tuesday, March 20, 2018 from 5:00-8:00 PM from Nelson Funeral Home.  A Parish Rosary will be offered at the funeral home, Tuesday at 6:00 PM.

Memorial contributions in Peggy’s honor may be made to Hospice of Michigan or Aspen Ridge Activity Department.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Nelson Funeral Home & Cremation Service, P.O. Box 1548, Gaylord, MI 49734. Condolences may be offered online at

15 comments on “Richards, Margaret “Peggy””

  1. I am so sorry to to hear that Mrs. Richards passed away. I remember her well from my high school days when I used to “hang out” with her sons Eddie and Pat. She was a fine person. I will remember her in my prayers.
    Tom Masley

  2. Linda Hayes Wiseley

    I’m so sorry to hear of your mom’s passing. I have many fond memories of her; seeing her at the township hall activities in Waters (especially the Christmas kids party!), seeing her at the DSS office gatherings (although I didn’t work there, she ALWAYS made me feel welcome) and when our paths crossed in later years, she ALWAYS greeted me as an old friend. May it be of some comfort to know others share in your loss. May flights of angels sing her to her rest. Prayers of peace and comfort to her family.

  3. Karen Borowiak and Mitch Borowiak

    Peggy was such a joy! Enjoyed visiting her and loved her smile and sense of humor! Will for sure be missed and sorry for the family’s loss.

  4. Florence “Flo” Borowiak

    She was a wonderful person and I enjoyed visiting with her throughout the past few years. I will miss her, she made me smile, her dancing was fun!

  5. Waters will remember her saucy wit, and her pointing out the inaccurate parking at the Post Office. Enjoyed working with her on Voting committees over the years, and seeing her and Arlie in the parades. Dianne and Ken Newman

  6. Barb Kurtz Baumgart (Bess Mason’s Kurtz daughter)

    I’m sorry to hear about Peggy’s passing. I remember visiting the family with my Grandma Mason, we would stop by on the way to the U.P. My thoughts and prayers are with her family. xo

  7. Peggy was my second mom and I will miss her dearly. She always had a smile on her face and made everyone around her feel special. Her family is in my heart and in my prayers.

  8. Mary Ellen Tholl

    Dear Cindy, Sorry about your mom. I visited a few times with her at Aspen Ridge, she was quite the lady. Love your pageant mother, Mary Ellen Tholl.

  9. Mary Ellen Tholl

    Cindy. Sorry to hear about your mom. She was quite a lady your pageant mother Mary Ellen Tholl love and prayers

  10. Doug and Connie Squires

    Our condolences to the entire Richards family. I remember Peggy as such a character. She always made me smile. I missed seeing her in the choir, at the end of the row, for the last few years…now she’s singing with the angels. Rest in peace Miss Peggy.

  11. Sharon Richards-Landrem

    My heart is broken a little more today, my sister-in-law was a kind good women and took care of me on many occasion. She will be missed but not forgotten. My prayers to all our family.

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