Cumberland Times-News

October 24, 2012

MARGARET R. “PEGGY” DAHLEN [Cumberland]


Cumberland Times-News

— CUMBERLAND — Margaret R. “Peggy” Wagner Dahlen, 89, of Cumberland, formerly of Lititz, Pa. and Baltimore, went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Thursday, Oct. 18, 2012.  

She was a resident of the Allegany Health Nursing & Rehab Center on Furnace Street in Cumberland since July 2009. Previously, she lived in Open Arms Assisted Living in Cumberland and Brethren Village in Lititz (1995 to 2007).  She lived in Baltimore and the Glen Burnie area for over 30 years.

She was born in Mount Joy, Pa., on Aug. 14, 1923, to the late Elmer and Martha (Royer) Randler. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by an infant sister, Dorothy; her son, Kingsley Randler; her daughter, Brenda Lee Derr and three husbands, Lewis “Pete” E. Dahlen, of Glen Burnie, Herbert E. Huber, of Lancaster, Pa. area and Harold E. Wagner, of Lancaster, Pa.  

Peggy was retired from Westinghouse Air Arm Division in Linthicum, where she worked for 30 years as a circuit board assembler for intercontinental ballistic missiles or AWACS – Air Warning And Control System – all defense work. She worked on the first atomic sub and also on the camera that went to the moon. She also opened and managed the “Maple Leaf” Restaurant in Waterloo for a short time before working with Westinghouse. Peggy was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary and Veterans of Foreign War Auxiliary in Mount Joy and Baltimore. She was a member of the LifeSpring Fellowship Assembly of God in Lititz since 1996. When she moved to Cumberland, she attended Trinity Word of Life, where her son and daughter-in-law, Gerald and Rebecca Wagner are pastors. Peggy was very active in her home church, giving much of her time and money to help others. If she had a sick friend, she would take them a meal, a pie or soup. She loved the kids in her church and used to bring little gifts to them. She was also a “prayer warrior” and prayed for her friends, neighbors, and especially her children and grandchildren. She had a card ministry, she always remembered her friends and family by sending cards when they were sick, recovering from surgery, in sympathy and for their birthdays. She will always be remembered by her sweet smile, kindness, selflessness and her ability to enrich the lives of all she touched.

She is survived by her son and his wife, Reverends Gerald and Rebecca Wagner, of Cumberland; daughters-in-law, Janice Homsher, of Marietta, Pa. and Sharon Cook, of Cumberland; eight grandchildren, Joan Yates and husband Billy, of Texas, Brian Randler and wife Cathi, of North Carolina, Bill Randler and friend Denise, of  Bainbridge, Pa., Arlene Weaver and husband Doug, of Sarasota, Fla., Terri Michael, of Lititz, Pa., Gerald L. Wagner II, of Buffalo, N.Y., Paul L. Wagner, of Cumberland and Suzanne Shelby, of Texas and a special granddaughter-in-law Jamie Harkins, of Pennsylvania. She is also survived by twelve great-grandchildren, Stephanie Randler, Samantha Randler, Kayla Randler, Zachery Randler, Kyle Michael, Alex Zander Michael, of Pennsylvania, Jeremiah Weaver, of Florida, Charles “Riley” Wagner and Victoria L. Wagner, of Buffalo, N.Y., Madison Leigh Wagner, of Mount Savage, Brannon Michael Shelby, Kirsten Michael Shelby and Christian Michael Shelby, of Texas and  two great-great-grandchildren, Nolan R. Michael, of Pennsylvania and Aliyah Jasime Schmitz, of Florida.

A memorial service and celebration of Peggy’s life will be held at Trinity Assembly of God, 12122 Bedford Road, NE, Cumberland, on Saturday, Oct. 27, at 1 p.m. with the Revs. Gerald and Rebecca Wagner officiating. A reception will follow.

Another memorial service will be held on Saturday, Nov. 3, at Peggy’s “home” church, the LifeSpring Fellowship Assembly of God, 490 W. Lincoln Ave., Lititz, Pa. at 11 a.m. with the Revs. Gerald and Rebecca Wagner and Pastor Dennis Loose officiating.  

An inurnment will follow the service at the Henry Eberle Cemetery, located on Marietta Avenue and Lumber Street in Mount Joy.  

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Peggy’s name to Trinity Assembly of God in Cumberland or to the LifeSpring Fellowship church in Lititz, Pa.

Scarpelli Funeral Home. P.A. (www.scarpellifh.com) is assisting the family.