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Margaret "Peg" McKinley

April 10, 2018

Margaret “Peg” McKinley, age 76, of Newark, De passed away on Wednesday April 11, 2018 in the comfort of her home, surrounded by loving family.

Peg was born in Wilmington on September 6, 1941, to the late William and Ann Loughrey Lehane. She was raised in Wilmington and was a graduate of Saint Ann’s School and Ursuline Academy. In 1962, Peg married the love of her life, Bernie McKinley and soon after settled in Newark. She began her professional career at Hercules Research Center. She was a teacher’s assistant at Holy Angels School in Newark for many years. Later she moved on to her career as administrative assistant at Strawbridge and Clothier and Clover. She retired in 2012 from Diagnostic Imaging after seventeen years of service. Peg was a member of Saint John’s-Holy Angels Parish in Newark for over 54 years.

Family was everything to Peg. She looked forward to summer vacations with her family at Bethany Beach and loved attending her grandchildren’s sporting events and activities. Peg was an avid sports fan. As a forty-eight year, Philadelphia Eagles season ticket holder, Peg was thrilled with her Super Bowl Champions. She also loved watching Xavier basketball and enjoyed traveling to South Bend to see her beloved Fighting Irish of Notre Dame.

Peg was predeceased by her parents, two sisters, Eileen and Judy, who died in infancy and her husband of 55 years, Bernard P. McKinley, who passed away on February 15, 2018.

She is survived by her children, Kathleen Smith, Maryann Eastep and her husband, Jeff, Brian P. McKinley and his wife, Jennifer and Karen Grivner and her husband, Geoff; her ten grandchildren, Courtney and Connor Eastep, Amanda and Matthew Smith, Declan, Clare and Brigid McKinley, Grace, Zachary and Drew Grivner, her beloved sister and brother, Mary Ann Quinn and William Lehane.

Family and friends are invited to visit at the Doherty Funeral Home, 3200 Limestone Rd., Pike Creek on Monday, April 16 from 5-7pm. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Tuesday, April 17 at 11 am at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Main and Chapel Sts., Newark. Interment will follow in All Saints Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Peg’s memory may be made to St. Marks High School, 2501 Pike Creek Rd., Wilmington, DE 19808 or The Foundation for Women’s Cancer, 230 West Monroe Street, Suite 710, Chicago, Illinois 60606 (




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