Margaret Puccini, 75

Gardener, reader, collector and master chef

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Margaret (Peg) Puccini (nee Bailey), 75, a longtime resident of Oak Park, died on Dec. 15, 2018 in Pineville, North Carolina where she had resided for the last three years. Born on June 4, 1943 to Mary McCreary and Martin Bailey in Danville, Illinois, she attended schools there and graduated from Southern Illinois University in 1967. She married John Puccini of Berwyn on April 13, 1968 and was active in planning events in her neighborhood and enjoyed attending her sons' sporting events at OPRF High School.

An avid gardener, collector, and reader, she epitomized what it means to be a lady — moving through the world with grace and dignity even when doing the most mundane tasks. She had a deep appreciation for the finer things and a distinct style. An immaculate hostess and master chef, she welcomed all, in every sense of the word. When you entered her home, you didn't want to leave. 

She was a linchpin person for her husband and sons, her siblings, and her family in general. She had strong opinions and made them known when necessary with razor wit and a sometimes wicked sense of humor. But she was warm, kind and indefatigably generous. She gave often and took joy in the giving. 

Margaret Puccini is survived by her husband of 50 years, John; her sons, Jeffrey and Samuel, his wife Shelley, and grandson, Jackson Puccini; her siblings, Barbara Kessel, Martha Plog, and Martin (Buz) Bailey; and many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. 

There will be a private celebration of Peg's life. The family appreciates memorials to St Jude's Children's Research Hospital, www.stjude.org or to the Alzheimer Association, www.alz.org.

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