Composed by Margaret "Peggy" J. O'Palick who passed on July 10, 2014.
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I've come to the end of my journey here on earth. Next stop? Beats the hell out of me, so I won't be going there. In the meantime, I'd like to tell you that I've had a pretty good 68 years here. I was born on Jan. 24, 1946, in Youngstown, Ohio, to the late John and Ann Gesacion. In 1967, I married my high school sweetheart, Stephen. In 1970, our daughter, Stacey, was born, followed by our three sons, Joel (1976), Keith (1978), and Damon (1980). Loved being a Mom. Each year was packed with precious moments, precious moments I will always be thankful for. They say rough times make you strong, but I say that's baloney. What makes you strong is family and friends, the people who stand with you, are there for you, and more importantly, you are there for them. All that combined makes you who you are, add to that your own individual brand of you.
I'll miss not being here with you all, especially my husband, children, grandkids, Linus and Kayla, children-in-law, Andrew, Meliza, and Tiffany; brother, James (Elizabeth); sister, Liz (Ron); nieces and nephews, best family ever, and my dear friends. Keep in mind, no one gets anywhere by themselves. Many were there to help you along your many paths in life, so don't get cocky. Enjoy your life, do something every day that makes you laugh, makes you happy. Make a difference, be a Captain Kindness to others and yourself, and don't waste time with negative feelings, as that will crowd out what you truly can achieve. I'm cheering for you. Love you all to pieces, always and forever. We may not have tomorrow, but we had yesterday. Memories are forever, so if you are missing someone, just close your eyes, think of them (or me) and they'll (I'll) be there.
If you can, please donate to the ALS Association of Connecticut Chapter, 4 Oxford Road, Unit D4, Milford, CT, 06460, or please visit
to help find a treatment and cure for Lou Gehrig's disease. That's the bugger that tripped me up. Before you get tripped up, live it up!
Peggy's family will receive relatives and friends from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday July 19, 2014, at Leete-Stevens Enfield Chapels, 61 South Road, Enfield, followed by a service of remembrance at 3 p.m.
To leave online messages of sympathy and for directions please visit
Leete-Stevens Enfield Chapels
61 South Road
Enfield, CT 06082
Published in Journal Inquirer from July 15 to July 19, 2014