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Margaret "Peg" Deitke

Deitke – Margaret, “Peg,” 86, Bon Air, went to be with the Lord on January 27, 2020 at Conemaugh Hospital. Born on June 26, 1933 in Johnstown, daughter of John and Mary (Mitrik) Dernar. Preceded in death by her parents, and brothers, Michael and John. She is survived by her loving husband of 64 years, Thomas L. Deitke; son, Kevin L. (Karen), Windber; daughter, Mary Beth Deitke, Bon Air; grandchildren, Sabrina M. Deitke (Paul Cameron) and Harland J. Deitke, both of Johnstown, David A. (Samantha) Rykala, Latrobe, Scott A. Rykala, Johnstown; step-grandchildren, Nicole (John) Killian, Johnstown, and Daniel (Melissa) Dovala, Bedford; great-granddaughters, Rachael Cameron, Annaleigh and Harleigh Deitke, and step great-granddaughter, Emily Killian; great-grandson, Anderson David Rykala; sister, Anna Mae “Toots” Percinsky, Johnstown; brothers, Robert (Yvonne) Dernar, Vinco, and Richard (Carol) Dernar, Harrisburg, and numerous loving nieces, nephews and friends.

Peg was a 1951 graduate of Franklin High School. She was employed in the Advertising/Receiving Department at the former Penn Traffic Department Store. Peg’s family was her pride and joy and if you were a friend you were her family.  She was always ready to lend a helping hand being a Girl Scout leader, being a band booster making subs and later helping the Franklin Fire Company making subs. Quiet times were crafting, reading and of course her beloved Hallmark channel. Peg’s faith in the Lord was strong as she was a devoted member of Ss. Gregory and Barnabas parish. You could always find her at the Church making Pierogis, nut rolls, helping with fish fries or decorating for the holidays, but her love for music made her the happiest singing in the church choir. She loved to sing. Friends will be received from 3-8 p.m. Thursday, January 30, 2020, at the Baker-Harris Funeral Chapel, 229-231 First Street, Conemaugh, where Vigil Service will be held. Funeral Mass will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, January 31, 2020 at Ss. Gregory and Barnabas Chapel, Bon Air, Fr. Robert Ruston, Pastor. Committal, Forest Lawn Memorial Park. The family suggests contributions be directed to Ss. Gregory and Barnabas Parish in memory of Peg. The family wishes to thank CVRAA, Conemaugh Hospital’s E.R. Department, the valets at Good Sam, the staff at Good Sam 4 and AsceraCare Hospice for the loving care they gave Peg and showed to us. We would especially like to thank Dr. Stephen Matse for all of his help over the past 4 years with Peg’s care. Online condolences may be posted to www.wharrisfuneralhome.com. “Always remember he who sings prays twice."

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I was the organist at St. Barnabas from 1988-1992. Peg was a faithful member of the choir. Heaven's choir has a new member. My thoughts and prayers are with Mary Beth and the family.

Jay Zibura Feb 13 2020 12:00 AM

We are sending our Deepest Sympathy to the family of Peg Deitke. We have known her as a very kind neighbor and sweet lady to our mother Mary Katherine Dostal. We always appreciated your kindness and know you have a place in Heaven.

Mr. & Mrs Ralph Dostal

Ralph & Sandy Dostal Jan 29 2020 12:00 AM

Ive known Mr. and Mrs. Deitke since I was in the 5-6 grade. I would always visit them after getting off the bus. They treated my sister and me like family. They would always be excited to see us! She was the nicest and sweetest person Ive ever met. Im going to miss you Mrs. Deitke! Rest In Peace

Hannah S Jan 29 2020 12:00 AM

Our deepest sympathy for your loss. The Deitke family were always very caring neighbors to my mother. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.


F.P. Dostal Jr and family Jan 29 2020 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Margaret Deitke

Rebecca Marsh Jan 28 2020 12:00 AM

Peg always made me laugh! Just recently she said to me, Mary Beth said I can go to choir every Thursday night from now on! I said that was GREAT! She got very quiet and said Joanne, think about what I just said! I looked confused and she said Choir is on Wednesdays! Omg! That was Peg!

Joanne Peschock Jan 28 2020 12:00 AM

She was such a loving person she adopted us as a new family in BonAir 30 yrs ago and watched my children grow up and was like a grandma to them was so proud of their accomplishments and always asked about them was great person and loving and heart of gold she cared about all of us related or not Rest in Peace Dear lady Peg

Mary Anne Forgas Jan 28 2020 12:00 AM