Margaret R. Applin

Margaret R. "Peggy" Applin, 92, of Covington Twp., died Friday afternoon in Regional Hospital of Scranton following an illness. She was the widow of George B. Applin, who died Feb. 8, 1984.

Born Sept. 28, 1920, in Philadelphia, she was the daughter of the late Henry H. and Margaret Falkner Reichner. She was a resident of Mount Lebanon from 1960 to 1977. She was a member of St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Scranton.

Peggy loved to tell stories of her youth growing up in Philadelphia and attendance at her beloved Stephens School for Girls. There, she excelled in field hockey and was captain of her basketball team. She was also a member of the Second Philadelphia Field Hockey team of 1938. She also loved her summers at Edgemere in Pike County, where she competed in many swimming competitions. This is where her love of nature was born and lasted her entire life. She loved walking in the woods, checking out animal tracks and identifying plants and flowers. Perhaps her favorite experiences were when she accompanied Dr. Gary Alt to tag and move black bears in Northeastern PA. She instilled in her children a love of reading and knowledge. She was able to read until her death and went walking in the woods until several falls in recent months kept her housebound.

Thank you to Dr. Douglas Klamp and his staff for their kind and compassionate care to Peggy over the years. The family wishes to thank Heather, Ruthie and Allie at Home Instead Care for providing wonderful assistance over the past year. Thank you to the Covington Twp. police and ambulance for their assistance in her adventures.

Surviving are two daughters, Diana A. Howe of Covington Twp.; and Abigail Franklin of Killeen, Texas; two sons, George F. Applin of Philadelphia; and Henry B. Applin; one brother, Col. Henry H. Reichner of Philadelphia; six grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews.

She was also preceded in death by her brother, C. Fraser Reichner; her sister, Barbara Middleton; and her children, Thomas, Priscilla and Margaret Applin.

A memorial service will be conducted Wednesday at 11 a.m. in Elm Park United Methodist Church, 712 Linden St., Scranton, with the Rev. Howard Woodruff, pastor; and her grandson-in-law, Pastor Eric Luczak, as officiating clergy. Interment, private at the convenience of the family.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Griffin Pond Animal Shelter, 967 Griffin Pond Road, Clarks Summit, PA 18411 or Elm Park United Methodist Church, 712 Linden St., Scranton, PA 18510.

Arrangements by Duffy & Snowdon Funeral Home of Moscow.

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Published in Scranton Times on Dec. 9, 2012