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Margaret Bridget Boyle

Thursday, January 11, 2018 by The Press in Obituaries

librarian in New York City schools

Margaret Bridget Boyle died Dec. 28, 2017.

Born March 15, 1933, in New York City, N.Y., she was the daughter of the late Madge and John Francis Boyle.

Known as “Peggy,” she lived in the Inwood section of Manhattan almost her entire life.

The later years of her life she lived in Bronxville, N.Y. and then in Pennsylvania to be close to her brother, John, and his son, Sean.

She attended Good Shepard Elementary School, Sacred Heart of Mary High School, Manhattanville College and then Columbia University for her Master of Science degree in library science.

She had an encyclopedic knowledge of things which always made her the top draft pick when Trivial Pursuit was played at family gatherings.

She spent 30-plus years being a librarian in the New York City Public School System.

She worked mostly at James Monroe High School and George Washington High School.

Her calm demeanor and her sincere desire to help allowed her to touch the lives of her students.

In her later years, she moved to Pennsylvania and lived at Sacred Heart Assisted Living and then Bethlehem Manor.

In addition to education, her other passion was traveling. She traveled extensively around the world to experience other cultures and to meet new people.

Most of her travels were shared with her best friend, Jane Roe, who shared Peggy’s love of new experiences.

Additionally, her apartment in NYC was considered to be the Inwood version of Ellis Island as any Irish relatives passing through would stay with her, with some even taking up extended residences.

The two Irish “guests” of whom she was most fond were Seamus Mansfield and Michael Van Dessel, as they brought great joy to her with their many adventures together.

In addition to her brother and his son, she is survived by the son’s family, including wife Kristen, and daughters Teighan, Tealyn, Tyleigh and her four-legged friend, Panda, all of New Tripoli.

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In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Church of the Good Shepherd, c/o the funeral home, P.O. Box 52, Fogelsville, PA18051.

Arrangements were made by Keller Funeral Homes Inc., Fogelsville.