Margaret A. Preno, 68, King of Prussia, Pa., formerly of Scranton, died January 3 at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, eight months after being diagnosed with leukemia. Born March 29, 1944, she was the daughter of the late Russell and Margaret Creedon Preno.
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She was a graduate of Cathedral High School, Penn State University and the University of Scranton, where she received a Master's Degree in Rehabilitation Counseling and was certified by the U.S. Department of Labor as a Rehabilitation Counselor. She was also licensed by the PA Bureau of Professional and Occupational Affairs as a Licensed Professional Counselor.
Upon graduation, Peggy served as Director of Social Services for the Scranton Redevelopment Authority.
In 1979, she moved to San Francisco, Calif., where she was an investigator for the Family Support Bureau of the District Attorney's office.
In 1987, she returned to Scranton and worked briefly at Vocational Rehabilitation Service. In 1989, she moved to King of Prussia, Pa. and was employed by Central Rehabilitation Associates.
In 1992, she started Preno Associates, an independent contracting company providing vocational services. Her clients included the U.S. Department of Labor, Department of Veterans Affairs and the Social Security Administration where she served as an expert witness.
Peggy's life was devoted to her family. She was a beacon of hope with a positive outlook on life, and always an eternal optimist, which was evident thoughout her illness.
She showed kindness and compassion to everyone she met. She was a member of Immaculate Conception Church.
She is survived by brothers, Thomas and companion, Marilyn Griffiths; Russell and wife, Debbie; sister, Mary Jo Yanusauskas; nephew, Russell Preno III; an aunt, Marcella Creedon Blum; cousins and lifelong friend, Pam Healey and family. She was preceded in death by an infant brother, Michael.
Funeral Mass will be held Wednesday at 10 a.m. at Immaculate Conception Church, 800 Taylor Ave., Scranton, to be celebrated by the Reverend Joseph Sica.
Friends may call today, 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m., at Eugene A. Cusick Funeral Home, 217 Jefferson Avenue, Scranton. Interment, St. Catherine's Cemetery, Moscow.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Francis of Assisi Kitchen, 500 Penn Ave., Scranton.
Published in Scranton Times from Jan. 7 to Jan. 8, 2013