Margaret “Peggy” Frances Scaneo (nee White)

Margaret "Peggy" Frances Scaneo (nee White)

June 3, 1914 to Feb. 22, 2018

It is with great sorrow that the family of Margaret Scaneo announces her death on Feb. 22, at Heritage Village Rehab & Skilled Nursing Facility in Gerry.

Margaret leaves to mourn her daughters: Barbara Lund, Choteau, Mont., and Ann Hanks, Winnipeg, Manitoba; four grandchildren: Robert (Nicole) Hanks and great-grandson, Max, Toronto, Ontario, Timothy Hanks, Winnipeg, Sarah Hanks-Campbell (Curt), Regina of Saskatchewan and Arthur Hanks of Toronto. She also leaves to mourn her sister, Lola Keith of Vancouver, Wash.; her nieces and nephews: Arlene (Ralph) Miranda, Clarence, N.Y., Tim (Jo-Ann) Silk, Jamestown, N.Y., Nancy (Tom) Philips, Dunkirk, Barry (Shirley) Leyman, Kennedy, Barbara (Richard) Czerniak, Kennedy and Kavin Frederick, Louisville, Ky.

Margaret was born in Buffalo on June 3, 1914, to Edwin White and Anna Moore. She grew up in Falconer and graduated from Falconer High School. After completing nurse’s training in Buffalo, she moved to New York City, where she did private duty nursing and married Rudolph Karry in 1937. They had two daughters: Ann and Barbara. During World War II the family moved to Philadelphia, where Rudolph did war work at the Philadelphia Navy Yard.

In 1955, Margaret started taking University courses in order to become a teacher. Upon completion of her studies, she taught in Catholic primary schools in Philadelphia and New Jersey until she retired in 1978. Her husband, Rudolph, died in 1971. During this period she also volunteered to teach one year in a primary school in Jamaica, West Indies (an experience she recalls with great fondness).

After her retirement, she moved back to her hometown of Falconer and reconnected with a high school sweetheart, Benjamin Scaneo. They were married in 1979. Ben predeceased her in 2005. For a number of years, Margaret volunteered at the WCA Hospital and the Prendergast Library in Jamestown.

In 2010, Margaret moved to Heritage Village Assisted Living in Gerry, where she enjoyed a happy, interesting life. In October 2017, she moved to the Village Rehab and Nursing Facility.

The family wishes to thank the staff of both facilities for their respectful, caring support.

Memorials may be made to the Falconer or Prendergast Library.