GENEVA — Margaret “Peggy” Adams, age 62, of Geneva, Ohio, passed away Friday, June 27, 2014, surrounded by her family at the Cleveland Clinic. She fought a long and courageous battle against multiple sclerosis with grace and dignity, and always with a smile on her face.
Born Nov. 24, 1951, in Sleepy Eye, Minn., Peggy was the daughter of Lillian and Clayton Finstad. She was a 1969 graduate of Geneva High School and earned her Bachelor of Science in Education at Kent State University in 1973.
Peggy taught third grade at Cork Elementary School until she retired in 1990 and was passionate about making a difference in the lives of her students.
She was the former president of the Geneva Area Teacher Association and a member of the Geneva-on-the-Lake Kiwanis. Peggy loved playing cards, engaging in lively political discussions, listening to the Beatles, and spending time with her family.
Peggy is survived by her daughter, Stephanie (Chris) Brown of Geneva; grandchildren, Aiden and Elise Brown; longtime companion, Tony Zala of Geneva; mother, Lillian Finstad of Geneva; sisters, Beth (Colin) Carney of Geneva, Kathi (Paul) Marak of Calif., Debra (Bryan) Childers of Arizona, Jo (Mike) Bohn of Florida and Helen (Leigh) Doroba of Ashtabula; brother, Kevin (Bonnie) Finstad of Texas; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her father.
Peggy was loved and respected by many for her great sense of humor, her compassion for others, and her wealth of wisdom. The joy and happiness that she brought into the world will be missed but never forgotten.
A Memorial Service will be held 5 p.m., Thursday, July 10th, at THE BEHM FAMILY FUNERAL HOME, 175 S. Broadway, Geneva, followed by a Celebration of Life reception at VFW Post #6846, 76 Depot St., Geneva.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.
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