With inexorable sadness, the family of Margaret “Peggy” Elizabeth Cunnngham announces her passing on Tuesday, July 28, 2020 at the age of 77. Peggy was a beloved daughter, sister, cousin, wife, mother, aunt and grandmother.
Peggy was born to Stanley Eugene Bodziak and Margaret Frieda Grimm Bodziak in Washington, D.C. and raised on 43rd Street, NW. As a child, Peggy learned to play the piano and the accordion. She was a girl scout (and later became a girl scout leader). Peggy was a member of Kappa Beta Psi sorority, forming life-long friendships and graduating from Woodrow Wilson High School in June 1960.
Peggy began her career with the Federal Government working as a clerk with the FBI the summer before her senior year in high school. After graduation, she accepted a secretarial position with the Department of Labor. She received numerous letters of commendation, performance awards and promotions, before transferring to a full-time role as “mom”. When her children started school, Peggy returned to the Federal Government, accepting a secretarial position with H.E.W. She excelled in shorthand and the WANG word processor, demonstrating a strong knowledge of scientific terminology. In 1981, Peggy transferred to the F.D.A., where she ultimately accepted a position as a Training Specialist, reaching a GS 12 position as a Technical Information Specialist prior to retirement.
Peggy married William “Bill” James Cunningham on October 24, 1964. They moved to Rockville, Maryland, purchased a home and had three children. As a mother, Peggy enjoyed knitting, learning new cooking skills and spending vacations in Ocean City, Maryland. She was a passionate shopper, finding joy in trips to antique stores, outlet malls, and farmer’s markets with her friends and family. Most of all, Peggy was a good listener and she was there when we needed her most.
In June 1993, Peggy became a grandmother with the birth of the first of seven grandchildren. She was a doting, caring grandmother, proud to share their accomplishments. Peggy retired from federal civil service in 2002. In her retirement, she learned the craft of jewelry making, continued to cook, and savored meals at her favorite restaurants with friends and family.
Peggy is survived by her loving husband of 55 years Bill Cunningham, brother Bill (Shirley) Bodziak, daughters Karen Furda and Kristy (Clint) Miers, son Kevin (Cheryl) Cunningham, grandchildren Mary and Matt Furda; Hope, Brooke and Cole Miers; Justin and Lauren Cunningham, and many cousins, nieces and nephews.
Memorial contributions may be made in Peggy’s memory to the American Diabetes Association. https://www.diabetes.org/donate/donate-in-honor?s_src=WWP20XX07HW001M001CC&s_subsrc=donate-link
In present times, the family welcomes shared memories in the guest book
Services and interment will be private.