Margaret Cosgrove "Peggy" Sillner

Margaret "Peggy" Cosgrove Sillner of North Scranton, a guest at Mountain View Care Center, died Tuesday, December 4, 2012, at Geisinger Community Medical Center.

Born in Scranton, daughter of the late William and Mary White Cosgrove, Peggy was a graduate of South Catholic High School. She was a devout Catholic and a member of Mary, Mother of God Parish at Holy Rosary Church.

The greatest accomplishment of Peg's life was raising her four children and watching them emulate her familial devotion in raising their children and grandchildren.

Her business accomplishments were numerous and varied. Peggy was the owner and operator of Sillner's Cafe in the Providence section of Scranton for more than three decades. Peg was a class act, a fine woman and a role model to all women. She was recognized by The Server, a trade publication, which featured her in an article that described her success in transforming a neighborhood bar, which is currently in its 70th year of operation. In the early eighties, she was a presenter at a Federal Small Business Administration Conference in Philadelphia. The Philadelphia Inquirer business section gave prominent coverage to the event.

Peggy actively participated in Church activities of various North Scranton parishes. She was also an active member of neighborhood organizations and was a staunch Democrat for all of her voting years. Gregarious in nature, she cherished lifetime friendships with her high school reunion committee and friends from South Side, especially her "card club." She was beloved by the many patrons of Sillner's Cafe. Aunt Peg's bar offered a stool and a smile, it was truly a place where everyone knew your name — and Peg remembered every customer's name, drink and birthday.

Although Peg developed health issues in recent years, this never slowed her down. During her time at Mountain View Care Center she was an advocate for the residents, and a member of the Resident Council.

The family would like to express their gratitude to the staff of Mountain View Care Center for their devotion and compassion.

Surviving are her children, Bruce and wife, Barbara, Kingston, N.Y.; Roger and wife, Marion, Scranton; Margaret Mary and husband, Michael Barrett, Harrisburg; Stephen and wife, Katie, South Abington Twp.; grandchildren, Marisa, Stephen, Erin, Maggie Sillner; Tara and husband, Robert Carl; Alison and husband, Andrew Bristol; Elizabeth Barrett; three great-grandchildren, Alexander and Jack Carl, and Harper Sillner; brother, William "Buddy" Cosgrove and wife, Joan, Scranton; many nieces and nephews.

Two sisters, Mary Jean Cleary and Joan Williams, preceded her in death.

The funeral will be conducted on Friday from the Solfanelli-Fiorillo Funeral Home Inc., 1030 N. Main Ave., with Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 a.m. in Mary, Mother of God Parish at Holy Rosary Church, 316 William St., Scranton. Everyone attending the funeral is asked to proceed directly to church. Interment, Cathedral Cemetery.

Friends may call Thursday from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Matthew's Mission, 9 Leslie Drive, Scranton, PA 18505. Please visit for information, directions or to leave an online condolence.

Published in Scranton Times on Dec. 5, 2012