PORT ORANGE, Fla. — Margaret “Peggy” Gurto, age 89, a woman of Catholic faith, went to the Lord on Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013.
Peggy was born on September 9, 1924, in Youngstown, Ohio, the daughter of Albert and Madeline (Edel) Harkabus. She grew up with her two brothers, Bob and Bill Harkabus, and a sister, JoAnne Fox. All preceded her in death.
Peggy graduated with Honors from Woodrow Wilson High School in Youngstown, Ohio. She volunteered with the U.S.O. during World War II.
She moved to Conneaut, Ohio as a key employee of the Astatic Corporation when the company relocated. In 1945, she met the love of her life Christy Gurto. They were married on July 3, 1946, in St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Conneaut and celebrated 64 wonderful years of marriage. Peggy also worked for many years as a cashier at the A & P grocery store in Conneaut.
She was an active club woman throughout her life, taking leadership roles in numerous organizations. Her service as President of the Conneaut High School PTA earned her the honor “Club Woman of the Year.” She served as past president of various groups in Ohio and Florida including the American Legion Auxiliary Post 12, Women’s Club of St. Juliana and St. Paul of the Cross Parishes, and the past secretary of the Ladies of K of C #4999. Together, she and Christy were active and supported many organizations and charities.
The family moved to Florida in 1966 where they became small business owners of motels and dry cleaning establishments. For many years, they returned to Ohio during the summer months and ran Pymatuning Bicycle Rentals near the state park. Always active in church related organizations, the couple made Cursillo #15, and as members of the Lady of Fatima Rosary Society made over 9,000 rosaries that were blessed and distributed to nursing homes and to the poor all over the world. Peggy was an integral part of Christy’s ministry to Hope Rural Catholic School and R.J. Hendley Christian School, and continued to support them.