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Margaret M. Cote

October 24, 1926 — December 22, 2022



            Margaret (Fitzgerald) Cote, 96 years young, passed away in her home on December 22, 2022 surrounded by her loving family.

            Born on October 24, 1926, in Charlestown, MA, she was the daughter of Joseph and Marion (Rush) Fitzgerald, the sixth of eight children.

            Known by her friends as Peg or Peggy, she attended St. Francis de Sales and General Edward’s Junior High, continuing on to graduate from Charlestown High School. 

            Margaret, a telephone operator from Boston, met her future husband Francis in Goffs Falls at The Elms, a hotel/motel resort in the south end of Manchester, NH.

            Peg’s first job was at Jordan Marsh and then New England Telephone in Boston.  After marrying Francis and moving to Manchester, Peggy worked retail at Mammoth Mills going on to retire from Bradlees in 1996.

            Peggy loved gardening, tending to her vast flower gardens throughout her yard.  She was quite a ceramic enthusiast as well, creating many gifts for family and friends. 

            Peggy loved to go on trips, travelling the world.  She seemed very partial to her trip to Ireland.

            Her favorite passion was hosting the many Holiday family parties, Christmas being the “Crowned Jewel” of them.  Peg’s home was a great source of pride where she made everyone feel welcomed.  Her 4th of July celebrations drew droves of family and friends.

            Margaret was a longtime communicant of St. Francis of Assisi Parish and then St. Pius X Parish in Manchester.

            Margaret was predeceased by her husband Francis in 2001 and her siblings: Sis, Joe, Jimmy, Babes, Leo, Tom and Barbara.

            Margaret is survived by 2 daughters, Patricia Flynn and husband Dennis of Merrimack, Cheryl Vigneau and her husband Al from Manchester; three sons, Thomas Cote and wife Lynn from Hooksett, Phillip Cote and wife Elise from Goffstown, and her beloved son Richard with whom she shared her home in Manchester; thirteen grandchildren, Paul Vigneau, April Vigneau, Sandy Vigneau, Kathy Vigneau, Robin Vigneau, Greg Flynn, Amy Flynn, Kristen Vigneau, Timothy Vigneau, Isaiah Cote, Noah Cote, Talia Cote, Alyson Cote; 12 great-grandchildren.

            Peg’s family will be forever grateful to the VNA Hospice Staff of Manchester, especially Terry and Ruth for the love and care they showed Peg and their support of the entire family.  The same TLC and service they provided her husband Francis 21 years ago.

            Calling hours at Lambert Funeral Home & Crematory, 1799 Elm St, corner of North St, will be Tuesday, December 27th from 4 to 7 pm.  A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated on Wednesday at 9:30 am in Our Lady of Mercy Church, Merrimack.  Burial will follow in Pine Grove Cemetery, Manchester.


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Tuesday, December 27, 2022

4:00 - 7:00 pm (Eastern time)

Lambert Funeral Home & Crematory

1799 Elm Street, Manchester, NH 03104

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