MONTPELIER - Margaret "Peg" Hurley Franzen completed her life journey at her home, surrounded by family and friends on Nov. 9, 2013.
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She was born in Boston Sept. 25, 1939, the daughter of James Walter Hurley and Margaret F. Mulhern.
Peg received her bachelor's degree from Emmanuel College, Boston, in 1961 and her master's degree from Georgetown University, Washington, D.C., in 1965. She completed a program of feminist liberation theology at the Women's Theological Center (Episcopal Divinity School) in Boston, 1985-1986.
Peg moved from Washington, D.C., to Essex Junction, Vt., in 1970 and then to Montpelier in 1993.
She was a devoted spouse, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, aunt, cousin and friend. Peggy is survived by her spouse, Joyce Werntgen, ex-husband Herbert Franzen, daughter Lisa, son Matthew, son Michael and his wife, Kerry, grandchildren Alex and Heidi Franzen, great-grandson Kayden, step-grandchildren Samantha Forman and Christopher and Shawn Neste, stepsons Kurt, Neal and Eric Werntgen and their families, and her brother, Robert Hurley, and his family. She was predeceased by her son Robert in 1989.
Peg was a lifelong advocate and activist for the rights of people with disabilities (founding member of the Vermont Center for Independent Living), workers' rights and universal health care (former president of the Vermont Workers' Center), and advocate for social, economic and political equality for the disenfranchised.
Peg was all about relationships and someone who genuinely cared about people and, when she first met you, wanted to know where you were from, what you liked to do, and what your interests were. When you responded to her questions about yourself, she listened, really listened, and asked more questions and you wondered why she was so curious. She wanted to make you feel at ease and comfortable and, by the time the conversation ended, you both knew a little more about each other. She had a gentle, loving sense of humor and twinkle in her eyes that made you want to spend more time with her and learn more about her. Before long, you would have a new friend and you might even be interested in joining her in changing the world ... one person at a time.
Peg was very proud of her Hurley/Irish heritage and Boston roots, and was an avid Red Sox, Patriots and Celtics fan. She loved the outdoors and was happiest running, walking, hiking, biking or taking photos in the beautiful Vermont landscape.
Peg's spouse, Joyce, wishes to express her deepest and heartfelt gratitude to the "team" of friends and family whose support made it possible for Peg to remain in the comfort of her home until she passed on. We wish to also thank Central Vermont Home Health and Hospice for their tender loving care for Peg in her last days.
A celebration of her life is planned for Dec. 15, 2013, at 1 p.m. at the Old Labor Hall in Barre.
Donations in her memory may be sent to the Vermont Workers' Center, 294 N. Winooski Ave., Burlington, VT 05401; or the Vermont Center for Independent Living, 11 E. State St., Montpelier, VT 05602.
Online condolences may be sent to www.guareandsons.com.
Published in Times Argus on Nov. 15, 2013