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In Loving Memory

Margaret "Peggy" DiCenzo


Margaret “Peggy” DiCenzo, 69, of Friendswood, Texas passed away Friday, July 21, 2017. She was born January 22, 1948 in Kansas City, Missouri to William and Marjorie Cooney.

Peggy grew up in Buffalo, New York and attended Holy Family School for grade school where she met the love of her life, Ralph DiCenzo. Peggy attended Mount Mercy Academy (all-girls school) and Ralph attended Bishop Timon High School (all-boys school), so they spent time together at the weekly high school dances. After high school, Peggy attended Trocaire College and received her Nursing Degree. Peggy and Ralph were married November 23, 1968 in Buffalo, New York surrounded by family and friends.

After graduating from Trocaire College, Peggy worked as a Registered Nurse on the surgical floor of Mercy Hospital in Buffalo, New York. When Ralph’s job moved the family to St. Louis, Missouri, Peggy worked as a nurse in an assisted living facility. In 1976, the family moved to Friendswood, Texas and she has lived there ever since. Peggy worked for over 30 years for optometrists Dr. Jack Bridwell and Dr. Floyd Williams.

Peggy was a devoted and loving mother.  She was very proud of her family and loved spending time with her children and grandchildren. Peggy dedicated her life to her family, working as an optician as well as taking care of the family and home. She was an incredible role model for her daughters and demonstrated great love, support, caring and compassion. She always went above and beyond to make sure her family was safe, happy, and healthy – always putting others first.

Her family always enjoyed her cooking – homemade Italian soup, homemade bread, meatballs and chicken sinker soup. Peggy loved shopping, playing cards, gardening, visits to the casino, and visiting her family in Buffalo, New York. Peggy always shared the wonderful memories she had of spending time with her grandmother, and she always strived to make her grandchildren feel as special and cherished as her grandmother made her feel.

Peggy was preceded in death by her husband, Ralph DiCenzo and father, William Cooney.

She is survived by her mother, Marjorie Cooney; her daughters: Lisa Nixon and husband Troy and Margie Beville and husband Larry; grandchildren Dana and Ryan Nixon and Lauren and Lindsay Beville; her sisters Pat Barnes and Paulette Harrop; many other relatives and cherished friends, and her newly adopted puppy, Rose Bud.

A memorial service will be held at 10:30 A.M. on Thursday, July 27, 2017 at Jeter Memorial Funeral Home, 311 N. Friendswood Dr., Friendswood, TX 77546, (281) 992-7200, with Rev. Sibi Kunninu, M.S. officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in her name to Traditions Hospice, 1120 East Nasa Parkway, Suite 340 A, Houston, Texas 77058, (281) 333 – 4048.

Condolences can be sent to the family in care of Jeter Funeral Home at www.jeterfuneralhome.com.

July 25,2017 - 2:12 pm

Butch and Pat Carrick

We are so sorry for your loss. They were the nicest people we have met. Bless you all.


July 25,2017 - 4:05 pm

Teresa O'Brain

I am so sorry for the loss of your beloved mother and grandmother. My prayers go out to all of the family.


July 25,2017 - 11:57 am

Tony and Fran LaForte

Dear Lisa, Margie and Troy, Larry and your lovely children. Please accept our deepest sympathy for the loss of our great lady, Peggy. We will always remember what a great hostess she was when we came down there. That freezer was always bulging with goodies and food that we all loved and enjoyed. Miss her greatly.


July 24,2017 - 2:15 pm

Nancy swanson

Words cannot express the shock and sadness that I feel. I have looked up to my 3 beautiful 1st cousins... Peggy, Patty and Paulette my whole life. Peggy was Gramma Ann's girl and rightfully so. The kindness, compassion, beauty and love that she always demonstrated was exactly like our Gramma. Lisa and Margie, I cannot say I'm sorry enough. The thought of your loss is heart wrenching. I'm so sorry for all of you. My thoughts, prayers, love and support are with you always. I wish I could be there Thursday to hug you in person. Please know I am thinking of you non stop and love ya (as she always posted). ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️


July 25,2017 - 10:45 am

Cathy Waldner

Dear Lisa and Margie, So very sorry to hear about your Mom. I have many fond memories of her and all of you when we were neighbors. Sending prayers to you and your family. Cathy Waldner


July 24,2017 - 2:24 pm

Wanda DiCenzo

I share your loss as well as memories. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Remember the happy times. Aunt Wanda.


July 24,2017 - 2:29 pm

David Williamson

Lisa, Troy, Dana, and Ryan - - I'm sorry for your family's loss. When I lost my mom years ago, my church choir director sent me the nicest note, and I'll always remember one line from it. He wrote "No matter how old we get, we always need the stabilizing influence of our parents." It is so true, and I still find myself wondering how my dad would've fixed something or how my mom made a certain dish. God bless, David


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