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Margaret Ann Keener, 86

March 15, 1936 - August 25, 2022

Margaret Anne Keener, fondly known as Peggy, entered her final destination on the blessed journey of life on August 25, 2022. Peggy was blessed with 61 years of marriage to her loving husband, John W. Keener before his passing in 2016.

Peggy was born in Lancaster on March 15, 1936, to the late Thomas and Margaret (McMullan) Floyd. She grew up living in Hartman Hall on the campus of Franklin and Marshall College, where her father was a coach and trainer of numerous sports.

Peggy attended grade school at Sacred Heart and was a 1954 graduate of Lancaster Catholic High School. Following graduation, she attended Millersville State Teachers College, majoring in Elementary Education until a handsome Air Force Lieutenant swept her off her feet. They were united in marriage on April 9, 1955.

As a devout Catholic, Peggy taught Sunday school preparing many children for their First Communion and was a certified catechist for the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RICA). More recently, as a member of Sacred Heart Church, she served on the Social Justice Committee and volunteered serving community meals at St. Mary’s Church.

Family was the center of Peggy’s life. She was a cherished and devoted wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother. Her most valued and memorable moments were spent with them enjoying family dinners, holidays, and special occasions in her beautiful home. She was a gracious host, an accomplished cook, and loved to entertain. She dearly loved her children and was the devoted mother to J. Timothy Keener, husband of Cindy (Burie), Margie Donegan and significant other (Mark Dubbs), and Patrick O. Keener, husband of Corrine (Callis). Peggy was proud to be to be called MAM by her six grandchildren, Daniel, John, and Kristine Keener, Shannon and Moira Donegan, Brianna Keener; and her great-grandson Deklan Keener. In addition to her parents and husband, Peggy was preceded in death by her brother, Tom Floyd, husband of Joan, who was a paramount figure throughout her life and whom she loved and looked up to. Surviving Peggy are several nieces and nephews who were a big part of her life.

While raising her children, Peggy worked alongside John growing their family business, Keener Insulating & Supply, Inc. They were members of the Hamilton Club where she bowled and attended many social events. Peggy was also a member of the Tennis and Yacht Club and enjoyed playing tennis and the life-long friendships she made there.

Peggy and John were worldwide travelers and had the opportunity to experience every continent. They enjoyed many winters in Key West; however, her favorite location was their summer home in Avalon where she shared many memorable moments with family and friends.

Peggy had the ability to light up every room she entered. Anyone who encountered her warm and welcoming personality, beautiful smile and loving honesty will be forever impacted.

Peggy’s family will welcome guests from 10 AM to 11 AM, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 11 AM with The Rev. Michael Metzgar as Celebrant, on Thursday, September 1, 2022, at Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church. Final Commendation and Farewell will be at Conestoga Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers, kindly consider a memorial contribution to Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church or Sacred Heart School, 558 W. Walnut Street, Lancaster, PA 17603.

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September 15, 2022

Aunt Peggy was a significant part of my childhood.  I was an awkward big girl for my age adolescent.  She came into my life at 9 and memories of her and Uncle John at that early age prevailed all these years.   Too me, Uncle John and Aunt Peggy were the most beautiful couple.  I was in Lancaster for their wedding.  They took me on a picnic in a park just before their wedding.  I still remember that time.  Sitting on blankets and having lunch. Seeing how very much in love they were. Catching them in kisses.. Over time when I saw them as a child and teen, they both radiated (in my head) their love for me.  They helped my self esteem as no one else had!  Uncle John would greet me with a hug and pick me up and swirled me around! No one did that ever!  I was a big girl !  Peggy always made me feel special! She embraced my family..attending my children’s weddings and other special events for them.   She and my husband Wayne were birthday buddies and Peggy loved that!  Always remembered him.   She was well loved and a beautiful person inside and out. I know I modeled some of who I am after her.. Love you Peggy ..  Lynn and Wayne McCollum, Bend Oregon 

September 06, 2022

We were all so sorry to hear of Peggy’s passing. As part of her extended Avalon family for the past 30 years, we could always count on her warm smile and gracious presence. She’d always wave at all of us from her deck overlooking the pool. In the early days, she and John were often seen in their whites heading out to play tennis. Whether attending a condo meeting or heading out for the evening, Peggy was always glamorous. My girls often commented on how beautiful she was. We will all miss her. God Bless. 

September 02, 2022

Dear Family,
We were so saddened to hear of Peggy’s passing.  We were one of her many Avalon neighbors who so enjoyed knowing her and her husband over the many years we knew her.  She was such a lovely and gracious lady.  We will miss her. 
Strength to all,
Cynthia and Michael Fisher

September 01, 2022

To Peggy’s family,
Words can’t express the sadness we feel.  So many memories to remind us of the good times we shared with both Peggy and John.  She will be missed.  Please accept our heartfelt condolences.
Diana and Jim Stager

September 01, 2022

To our Keener family,
Our hearts and prayers are with you today as you both mourn the loss of her life, and celebrate the many, many people and ways she has impacted during her life here. She was such a lovely woman – an embodiment of kindness and charm. I will greatly miss seeing her in Avalon when I visit. Sending our love to you all today. <3

September 01, 2022

Pat–So sorry to hear about your mom passing. Peggy was always welcoming and kind. You and your family are in my thoughts, with many fond memories of the house on Landis Drive.
All best wishes,
John Witek

August 28, 2022

Dear Margie,
My deepest condolences to you and your family during this time.
You are all in my prayers 🙏♥️
Helen (Galbally) Laverty

August 28, 2022

My thoughts and prayers are with Peggy and the entire Keener family! It was an honor to know Peggy! She had a wonderful caring life! She and her husband are holding hands now, this time in Heaven! 🙏❤️

August 27, 2022

My sincere condolences! Peggy was a part of my life…we were friends all these years since High School.
We had so many fun times. I just talked to her two weeks ago and she was ready to be with John and her Lotd and Savior. Eternal rest unto you my dear friend!
I loved you very much!❤️

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Thursday, September 01, 2022
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church
558 West Walnut Street
Lancaster, PA 17603
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