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Margaret Ann “Peggy” BahnsenAge: 85 years19282014

Margaret Ann “Peggy” Bahnsen
Given names
Margaret Ann
Birth October 19, 1928 26 27
Death of a fatherEdward Harvey Bahnsen
December 29, 1991 (Age 63 years)
Death of a motherChloe Dawson
December 16, 1993 (Age 65 years)
Death of a husbandJames Gregory “Jim” Leddy
November 17, 1997 (Age 69 years)
Cause: Lung cancer
Death April 1, 2014 (Age 85 years)
Cause of death: Alzheimer's
Burial April 8, 2014 (7 days after death)
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Margaret Ann (Peg) Leddy passed away quietly in her sleep in Boulder, CO, on April 1, 2014. The only child of Harvey Bahnsen and Chloe Dawson Bahnsen, Peg was born in Napoleon, OH, on October 19, 1928. The family moved from Napoleon Ohio, to Ecorse, Michigan during the great depression. Eventually, they moved to Peg’s maternal grandparents farm, located in Lake Township, a rural community southeast of Toledo, Ohio. It was there that she spent most of her childhood. After graduating from Lake High School, Peg went on to complete an 18-month training program in medical office administration at Elkhart Business School in Elkhart, IN. With medical office management training solidly under her belt, Peg landed a job as a clerk and eventual supervisor at the Rossford Ordinance Depot, in Rossford, OH. It was there that she met co-worker Betty Walinski, who thought she might be a good match for her son, James Leddy, a WWII veteran who flew 35 missions over occupied France and Germany, and survived two crash landings in enemy territory. The two married on May 17, 1952 in Toledo, OH. Their marriage was a success lasting 45 years before Jim’s death in 1997.

Their life in Toledo, OH, was centered around faith, family, political “discussions,” and golf. Jim and Peg danced and bowled together and often discussed politics and current events. Peg loved being a mother and was a passionate and determined stay-at-home mom who raised two independent children, Hilary and Tim.

In her 40s, Peg was introduced to skiing. It was love at first swish, an enthusiasm that never waned even into her late 60s, when she reluctantly gave up the sport due to her deteriorating physical condition. An avid member of the Toledo Ski Club, Peg began skiing in northern Michigan. She eventually branched out to the Rockies, Canada, the Alps, and even Chile. She formed lifelong friendships with other ski club members.

Her other interests included gardening, antiquing, bird watching, historical novels, and the Four Tenors. She loved animals and became a protector of stray dogs and cats. She also enjoyed going to the movies and watching classic movies on television.

Peg is survived by her daughter, Hilary Patterson, son-in-law, Bryan, and grandchildren, Haley, Leigh Ana, Moira, and Dawson, all of Jefferson GA; as well as her son, Tim Leddy, and daughter-in-law, Linda, of Boulder CO.

During the last years of her life, Peg resided at Golden West and Mesa Vista in Boulder, CO. She was very grateful for the kind and respectful care they provided.

Family and friends may visit at the Coyle Funeral Home, 1770 S. Reynolds Rd., on Monday, April 7th from 6-8 p.m. A celebration of Peg’s life will be held on Tuesday, April 8, 2014, in the mortuary, at 10 a.m. Interment will follow at Lake Township Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, please consider honoring Peg by making a donation in her name to the Toledo Area Humane Society.

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