Margaret Schneider Simpson
Age 96 of Lighthouse Pointe at Chapel Harbor in O’Hara Twp., died on Saturday, July 3, 2021 after a brief illness. Peggy was born in Pittsburgh on May 27, 1925 to the late Paul and Madelyn (Larkin) Schneider.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Samuel Horne Simpson (1925-2012). Margaret is survived and will be greatly missed by her daughter, Ann Simpson (Rick) Landesberg and her granddaughters, Rose and Hannah Landesberg.
Peggy had an active childhood mostly in the Crafton area of Pittsburgh. She graduated from Mount Lebanon High School and went on to work at the Koppers Company until the birth of her daughter, Ann, in 1950.
Peggy and Sam were married in 1948. They formed a close and loving partnership that was the touchstone of Peggy’s life.
The family lived in Pittsburgh, Greensburg, Camp Hill, suburban Philadelphia, and Great Falls, Virginia. When Sam retired from AT&T in 1986, they returned to the Pittsburgh area to be close to their first granddaughter. Peggy was a loving and caring grandmother who delighted in spending time with both of her granddaughters.
In 2002 Peggy and Sam moved to Venice, Florida where they found a community of wonderful friends. They spent 10 happy years there.
Peggy returned to Pittsburgh in 2013 and made a new home at the Lighthouse Pointe. She was glad to be back. She appreciated Pennsylvania’s four seasons, even winter. She enjoyed riding through Pittsburgh’s many neighborhoods, and took a lively interest in how our area is changing and growing. She enjoyed being close to her family and her family enjoyed it too.
At the Lighthouse, Peggy found a warm community of friends who sustained and nurtured her. Peggy cared about the folks she got to know there deeply, and often spoke about her wishes for her friends’ health and wellbeing. She delighted in regular Bridge games, and was very pleased when these were resumed recently. Up until the beginning of this year, Peggy helped further the work of the Residents’ Fund that provides graduation and holiday gifts to the Lighthouse staff. She profoundly appreciated the work of the staff and was gratified to be able to express some of her appreciation by her work on this committee.
Peggy charted her own course in life right up to her final illness. She was a proud, loving, capable and determined woman. She is greatly missed and she will live on in the hearts of those of us whose lives she touched.
Honoring Peggy’s wishes, there will be no memorial service. Gifts in her memory can be made to the American Civil Liberties Union and to the Seva Foundation that works to protect and restore vision in underserved communities worldwide.