HAMILTON - Margaret R. "Peg" McManus, 88, of Hamilton, passed away Sunday, June 22, 2014.|
She was born in the Chambersburg section of Trenton and lived on Genesee Street just steps away from the John A Roebling & Sons complex. She attended St. Stephen's Elementary School, Harrison Elementary School, Junior 4, and graduated from Trenton High in 1942 at age 16. She graduated from an accelerated intensive stenography course at Rider Business School before embarking on her secretarial career. In 1944 she was hired by John A. Roebling & Sons and worked her way from the secretarial pool to secretary for vice-presidents. When Roebling's manufactured their first lawn mower in the 1950s, she was selected from among all the secretaries to demonstrate the mower and its ease of use. She married in 1955 and retired from Roebling in 1960, prior to the birth of her daughter. She helped manage the optometric practice of her husband, Dr. George J. McManus, in Trenton and Collingswood. Later, she provided hands-on support for the Monkees fan club run by her daughter, which, during the Monkees reunion tours of the 1980s, involved opening and sorting an average of 300 fan letters per day.
As a senior citizen, Peg volunteered in the Hamilton Township Schools' R.O.B.I.N. (Retired Older Buddy Is Needed) program at George Wilson Elementary School. Her service began midway through the 1989-1990 school year and concluded in June 2012. She volunteered one or two days a week and enjoyed interacting with the students and teachers alike. She was popular with teachers, who admired her energy and her positive outlook on life.
She participated in the Roebling Alumni group and in the Roebling, NJ Historical Society. She would talk to anyone who would listen about the Roebling Museum in Roebling, and the biennial Roebling House Tours.
She regularly attended the reunion luncheons of the Trenton High class of 1942. She loved Trenton High and was greatly saddened by the recent news that the school would be demolished. She always said that Trenton High, with its beautiful architecture, seemed like a grand palace compared to her modest Chambersburg neighborhood.
She loved to travel. In the 1980s she fulfilled her lifelong dream of traveling to Egypt. She visited England several times and, in 1989, undertook a month-long cross-country trip of the U.S. and was amazed at all the treasures our country had to offer. She continued to travel extensively throughout the U.S. thereafter, enjoying our National Parks, small towns and big cities. She loved the Southwest with its red rocks the best and insisted that the only way to see the U.S. is to drive it. She was a member of St. Stephen's Parish until her marriage and, thereafter, was a member of St. Raphael's Parish for 59 years. She served with the St. Raphael's money counters for the past 15 years.
Peg was predeceased by her parents, George and Anna Papp, her husband Dr. George J. McManus, and her cousins Dorothy Sagedy Bartlett and Irene Sagedy Hogan. She is survived by her daughter, Maggie McManus, her sister-in-law, Elizabeth McManus Umberger, and her cousins, Louis Sagedy of Greenville, S.C., Robert Sagedy of McSherrystown, Pa. and Helen Silagyi of Portage, Pa.
Funeral service will be Friday at 8:30 a.m. from Kingston & Kemp Funeral Home, 260 White Horse Ave., Hamilton (www.KingstonandKemp.com). Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 9:30 a.m. at St. Raphael's Church, 3500 S. Broad St., Hamilton. Private cremation will follow.
Relatives and friends may call on Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Peg's memory to the Roebling Museum, Attn: Donations, Box 9, 100 Second Ave., Roebling, NJ 08554 (www.roeblingmuseum.org) or St. Raphael – Holy Angels Parish, 3500 S. Broad St., Hamilton, NJ 08610.
Published in The Trentonian on June 24, 2014