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Mary Margaret "Peggy" Mong Schaaf

September 15th, 1928 - February 4th, 2017

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Mary Margaret ("Peggy") Mong Schaaf

          Mary Margaret ("Peggy") Mong Schaaf, 88, died peacefully on Saturday, February 4, 2017 at St. Mary’s Home of Erie, surrounded by her family. Peggy was born in Warren, Pennsylvania on September 15, 1928, the daughter of the late D.O. Mong and Marie Weigel Mong.  Peggy was the loving wife of the late Peter G. Schaaf, whom she married on June 7, 1952.  They enjoyed 58 years of marriage together before Peter’s death in 2010.

          Peggy attended St. Andrew School and was a 1946 graduate of Villa Maria Academy. She worked as a secretary for Dispatch Printing, Travelers Insurance and General Electric before starting her family.

          Peggy was a wonderful wife and homemaker who loved to entertain her friends and family. Famous for her culinary skills, she published her own cookbook, "Peggy's Pantry,” in 2000.  The book included all of her favorite family recipes as well as recipes she had collected from friends over the years. The cookbook received rave reviews and is a staple in many kitchens to this day. Peggy also enjoyed reading, traveling, playing cards and doing her puzzles but most of all, she enjoyed spending time with her children and grandchildren.

          She was a member at St. Peter Cathedral where she was once very active in the Cathedral Women's Council. She was also a member of the Erie Maennerchor Club Auxiliary.

          In addition to her parents and husband Pete, Peggy was preceded in death by her brother John D. Mong.  She is lovingly survived by her seven children: Peter B. Schaaf and his wife, Hilary, of San Diego, California; Matthew Schaaf of Erie; Anne Rahner and her husband, Michael, of Erie; Mary Schaaf Mulard of Erie; John Schaaf and his husband, Michael Weaver, of San Francisco, California; Ellen Innes and her husband, J.B., of Erie; and Katie Schaaf of Erie. She is also survived by eight grandchildren: Margaret, Elizabeth and Nathalie Rahner; Peter, Sophie and Claire Mulard; and Katherine and William Innes.  Her brother Richard Mong of Roseville, California, also survives her, along with three sisters-in-law: Martha Schaaf, Carmelita Schaaf and Rosalia Mong; and several nieces and nephews. 

          Friends may call on Wednesday from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m at Brugger Funeral Homes & Crematory, 1595 West 38th Street. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at St. Peter Cathedral at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday.  Burial will be private.

          In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Villa Maria Academy, 2403 West 8th Street, Erie, PA 16505, or to Fr. James Peterson's Maria House Project, P. O. Box 10682, Erie, PA 16514.