Margaret “Peggy” Lynch

Margaret Lynch, “Peggy”, beloved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, aunt, great-aunt, cousin and friend died Saturday, April 30, 2022 at Valley Hospital, Ridgewood, NJ. She was 89 years young and a resident of Old Tappan, NJ.

Peggy was born Margaret Mary Rahilly on September 23, 1932 in Toureen, Fineen, Rockchapel, County Cork, Ireland to parents Denis and Johanna Rahilly, both deceased. She emigrated to the United States in 1948 and lived in Paterson, NJ with her uncle, Thomas Rahilly. Peggy was a long-time resident of the Bronx, St. Nicholas of Tolentine Parish and of Yonkers, St. Paul the Apostle Parish. She looked forward to spending Holidays and Feast Days with her family at these parishes.

Peggy was predeceased by her beloved husband Patrick and sons, Denis and Fr. Thomas, as well as her siblings, Eileen Gill, Joan Lane and Denis Rahilly.

She is survived by her sons: John Joe and wife Dolores, Patrick and wife Margaret, Timothy and wife Mary, Kevin and wife Maureen, and Maurice; grandchildren: Lara, Kerry Ann, Timothy, Laura and husband John, Patrick, Robbie, Jillian, Kevin, Aedan and Michael and her great-grandchildren: Audrey and John. Also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.

Peggy’s faith and love of family inspired all who knew her. She actively recited the Rosary every day and prayed for all of her loved ones. She enjoyed time with her family and friends, lighting up the room when she smiled and laughed. She enjoyed speaking on the phone with her friends and sisters. She was an avid Jeopardy and Wheel of Fortune watcher and could often be seen with her dictionary in hand solving the daily jumble puzzle in the newspaper, eager to solve it before speaking with her sister Eileen.

Peggy loved being near the water. When her sons were young, she would take them to Orchard Beach, sandwiches packed for lunch. In her later years she enjoyed time with her family at the Jersey shore in Ortley, NJ. She welcomed all friends and family to spend time with her there.

In addition to lovingly caring for her seven sons, she worked in Eldercare where her wards became part of her family. She brought her grace, love and wit to fulfil her duties in this capacity. Later in her career she worked at St. John Neumann residence, where she was devoted to all who were entrusted to her care.

Peggy will be fondly remembered by all who knew her. She took care of anyone in need. In her memory, please recite the Rosary regularly as she was devoted to the Virgin Mary.

Visiting hours are Tuesday, May 3, 2022 from 4 – 8 PM at Pizzi Funeral Home, 120 Paris Ave, Northvale, NJ (201-767-3050). A Funeral Mass will be celebrated Wednesday, May 4, 2022 at 10 AM at St. Aedan’s Church, Pearl River, NY with interment to follow at Gate of Heaven Cemetery, Valhalla, NY.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Peggy’s memory be made to Edward Cardinal Egan Pavillion, 5655 Arlington Avenue, Bronx, NY 10471.


  1. Joseph and Mary Lynch

    We have known the Lynch family for over fifty years. Their Mom was a wonderful human being and an inspiration to all of us. Our deepest sympathies to Mary and Timmy, and the entire family.
    Joseph and Mary Lynch

  2. Maurice Lynch

    Love you and thank you for all the love compassion and support you have given me my entire life. You were the greatest mom a son could ever dream to have

  3. Joan & Jim Condon

    To the Lynch Family
    My sincerest condolences and thinking of you all today.
    We had fond memories of Peggy and she was an absolute lady may she rest in peace.
    From Jim and Joan and all the Condons in Ireland.

  4. Marie A Addis

    Dear Mo and family. Your Mother was a sweet beautiful woman. I will miss her soda bread. She had amazing courage and strength. She was sustained by her wonderful sons. My deepest sympathy.

  5. My most sincere and heart felt sympathy to all the Lynch clan. I remember Mrs Lynch well from our days growing up on Loring Place. Very fond sweet memories of her lovely smile and laugh. Prayers to you all and may God peace be upon all of you during these difficult times.
    The Weafer Boys.

  6. Aileen Culley

    To All the Lynch Family
    My deepest condolences to ye all, Peggy was a true lady so kind and generous , thinking of ye all, many happy memories of our chats, my thoughts and prayers are with ye all at this difficult time, may she rest in peace
    From Aileen and all the Culleys in Ireland

  7. Derrick Culley

    To Maurice, John Joe, Patrick, Timmy, Kevin and family. I was very sorry to hear about Peggy’s passing. She was such a lovely lady and really looked after me when I went to the States all those years ago and made me feel like one off the family. She will be missed.
    Deepest sympathies from Derrick and Lisa Culley and all the family in cork

  8. Joe Hainthaler

    To my cousins the Lynches,

    So sorry for your two losses of this past week.

    Your mother was among the finest people I’ve ever known, a gracious and kind host, a dogged supporter of family members (making my father’s wake in poor health), and, for very good reason, perhaps my mother’s favorite relative.

    I will keep her in my prayers just in case but I suspect she’s up there already praying for us all.

  9. Michael & Veronica Lynch

    To our “Cousins” The Tolentine Lynch’s from the St Gabes Lynches = Joe [ from Kerry] and Mary [from Waterford ] their kids Michael Dennis[ yes that’s one you know the most] Joseph Jean Marie , and the grands… our prayers and more for you guys
    Michael & Veronica Lynch

  10. Patricia Fahey O'Driscoll

    Our deepest sympathies go out to all the Lynch family at this very sad and hard time. RiP. All the Fahey family, Co. KERRY, Ireland

  11. Michelle Kelly

    Our sincere sympathy to Timmy ,Mary,Timothy,Kerry Ann and all the lynch family on the sad passing of your beautiful mom and grandmother..she was such a lovely lady…thinking of you all at this v sad and v difficult time…our thoughts and prayers are with you all

  12. Michelle,james,jamie&TJ kelly Rockchapel Ireland

    Our sincere sympathy to Timmy,Mary,Timothy,kerryann and all the lynch family and gill family on the sad passing of your beloved mom,grandmother and aunt..peggy was a lovely lady and so caring and loving..thinking of you all at this v sad and v difficult time…our prayers and thoughts are with you all

  13. Declan Lynch

    To all the Lynch family on the passing of your dear mother, grandmother and great grandmother. She will be greeted at the gates of heaven by her two sons and husband and will be as well looked after as she has always been by her boys. You should all be very proud on how ye looked after her over the years. Peggy was a great host anytime we stayed with here in Yonkers, The Shore or NJ. May she rest in peace and my the sod rest gently on her soul.

    Declan Lynch, Noreen & Odhran (Ireland)

  14. Michelle Collins Kelly

    Sincere sympathy to Timmy, Mary, Timothy & Kerryann and to all the Lynch Families on the sad passing of your Mother and Grandmother Peggy. Our condolences also to the Gill family. She was a lovely person. Our Thoughts and prayers are with ye all at this sad and difficult time.
    Michelle, James, Jamie & TJ Kelly (Rockchapel, Ire)

  15. So sorry to hear of Peggy’s passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you all at this sad time. I’ll be keeping you in my prayers during this difficult week. May Peggy and Fr Thomas Rest In Peace. Sarah Sheahan (Syracuse, NY)

  16. My deepest condolences to the Lynch family on the passing of their amazing mother and the matriarch of the Lymch family . Mrs. Lynch was an inspiration to all who knew her . She will always be remembered for her warm and beautiful smile and always inviting hospitality . I remember the many beautiful and memorable backyard masses and parties in her Yonker’s home with the whole family . These were very special times with Denis and Fr Thomas . I shall keep Mrs Lymch , Fr Thomas and Denis in my prayers . I will also pray for the Lynch family during this difficult time of great loss and sadness .
    Best Mary

  17. Jim & Margaret Lenihan

    To the Lynch family. Our sincere condolences on the passing of your Mother Peggy. May she rest in peace. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this sad and difficult time.
    Jim and Margaret Lenihan (Mountcollins, Ireland)

  18. Nora O'Keeffe

    My deepest sympathy to all the Lynch family on the sad passing of your Mother Peggy and brother Fr. Thomas. May they rest in peace. Nora O’Keeffe (Cullen, Ireland)

  19. Nelius and Mary OConnor Glounakeel Rockchapel

    Our deepest sympathy to all the Lynch and Gill families on the passing of Peggy and Fr Thomas RIP.
    Thinking of you all at this difficult time.

  20. Kathleen and Danny Lane

    Our Deepest to all the Lynch and Gill family on the passing of your beloved mother, grandmother, and Aunt, Thinking of you all at this very sad and difficult time

  21. Kathleen and Danny Lane Rockchapel

    Our Deepest Sympathy to the Lynch and Gill on the sad passing of your Mother, grandmother and Aunt, Thinking of you all at this sad time our thoughts and prayers are with you all

  22. Kathleen and Danny Lane Rockchapel

    Our Sincere Sympathy to all the Lynch and Gill family on the passing of your Mother, grandmother and Aunt, Thinking of you all at this very sad time,

  23. Annemarie DiCola

    Although I never had the honor of meeting Mrs. Lynch, I was privileged to be a parishioner at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church in Scarsdale, New York, while her son, Rev. Thomas A. Lynch, was Pastor.

    God Bless her for the wonderful man she raised and the gifts of joy, faith and hope he radiated. She deserves to be eternally proud of such an incredible son and all the good he did on this Earth.

    May she rest in peace,

    Annemarie DiCola and Family

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