Margaret A. Kennedy


Margaret A. Kennedy
Smallwood, NY

With heavy hearts we share news of the passing of Margaret (Peggy) Kennedy at the age of 86 years. Peggy was a 60-year member of the Smallwood community where she lived a life of commitment to family, friends and service. Born and raised in Port Chester, she had many fond memories of numerous athletic endeavors and summers spent with family on the Wing Farm in Millbrook. After her graduation from Port Chester Schools, she went on to Cortland Teachers College as a Physical Education major. Peggy met and married her life partner and soulmate, Ed Kennedy Sr., and together they lovingly raised four sons. After teaching Physical Education for 2 years, Peggy became a stay-at-home Mom for her boys while obtaining her Elementary Teaching Certification from New Paltz. After 11 years at home, Peggy resumed her 20-year teaching career as a classroom teacher at the Duggan School of the Monticello Central School District where she was respected and admired by students, parents, faculty and administration. Upon her retirement, Peggy continued to enjoy outdoor activities such as tennis, kayaking, swimming, water-skiing, cross country skiing, and boating/ downhill skiing with Ed, Sr. After Ed Senior’s death, Peg further participated in organizations and projects for the betterment of the community. She was a loyal parishioner of St. Peter’s Parish predominantly attending St. Joseph’s in Mongaup Valley. Peggy was involved with the Bethel Community Food Pantry and was a key player in the establishment of the Forest Reserve at Smallwood.  She was the 2017 Bethel Lions Citizen of the Year.

Peggy was predeceased by her husband, Edward Sr., her youngest son, Michael, and her infant grandson Patrick Jr.

She is survived by her sons Edward Jr. (Patty) of Eldred, Patrick (Kelly) of Middletown and Kevin (Terre) of Minnesota; grandchildren Kathleen McMaines (Jacob), Brendan Kennedy, Sean Kennedy (Camile), Anne Kennedy, Bridget Blumenauer (Joseph), Maire Kennedy and great-grandchildren Julianne, Charles, Theodore, Patrick and Colleen of Texas.

Visitation will be on Friday, March 10, 2023, at Colonial Ramsay Funeral Home 3534 Route 55 Kauneonga Lake, NY 12749, from 3-6:00pm. A Mass of Christian Burial will be on Saturday, March 11, 2023, at 11am at St. Joseph’s Church in Mongaup Valley, NY. Interment will follow at Evergreen Cemetery.

Arrangements under the care of Colonial-Ramsay Funeral Home, for further information call 845-583-5443 or visit