Margaret (Peg) McKeown, 84, of the East End section of Wilkes-Barre, died Thursday morning at the Wilkes-Barre General Hospital after a short illness, with her loving family around her.
Born in Wilkes-Barre, she was a daughter of the late Meyer Levison and Ann Marie Watkins.
She was a graduate of St. Mary’s High School, Wilkes-Barre, and completed special courses at Marywood College, Scranton.
She was employed by Wilkes-Barre Area School District as a teacher’s aide until her retirement.
Peg, along with her husband, John, were cofounders of the Irish Teachers Program at King’s College that was started in 1974 and has brought over 900 teachers to King’s College for a popular three-week program. This is the only program of its kind in the United States.
She was a member of Holy Saviour Church, Wilkes-Barre, The Donegal Society of Wilkes-Barre and the Big Band Society of Northeastern Pennsylvania. Peg and John were involved together in many voluntary organizations in the community.
She is preceded in death by her son, Mark McKeown, in October of 2005.
Surviving are her husband of 65 years, John C. McKeown; sons John and his wife, Rosemarie, Fredericksburg, Va.; Michael and his wife, Cheryl, Ramsey, N.J.; daughters Alice Szymczak, at home; Kathy Hummel and her husband, Frank, Hanover Township; Mary Foose and her husband, David, Warrior Run; 14 grandchildren; six grandchildren; several nephews and nieces.
Peg had said recently: She had a wonderful life with her wonderful family.
A Memorial Mass will be celebrated in Holy Saviour Church, East End, at a later date at the convenience of the family.
There will be no calling hours.
Memorial donations, if desired, may be made to King’s College, Holy Saviour’s Memorial Fund or the Passionist Nuns at Clarks Summit.
Arrangements are entrusted to the Corcoran Funeral Home, Plains.
Online condolences may be made at www.corcoranfuneralhome.com.