Margaret L (Peggy) Polley, age 104, died on July 13, at St. Joseph’s Place, Emmitsburg, Md.
She was born in Emmitsburg, to Mary Claudia and Charles Oscar Rosensteel, the last of their eight children.
Her husband of 54 years, Glenn R. Polley, predeceased her in July 1996.
Her survivors include a daughter, Susan Reinsch (Bill); a son, Dick Polley (Dee); two grandsons, Andrew (Rebecca Schmidt) and Christian (Rachel); and a great-grandson, Maximus. She is also survived by many devoted nieces and nephews, and their families.
She was born before World War I, remembered seeing dough boys return from the war, lived through the Depression, and graduated from St. Joseph’s College where she paid her tuition by sorting stamps that the nuns sold.
After graduating, she moved to Baltimore to begin her teaching career. Peggy started teaching in the Catholic schools and then moved to Baltimore public schools during World War II. She and her students lived through air raid drills in the classrooms.
After she married Glenn, Peggy moved to Fairfield, where she started teaching in Emmitsburg and learned about life on the farm. It was a change, but she learned to cook dinners for farmhands during harvest, how to clean a chicken, freeze and can vegetables for winter, and continued her life as an educator while her children grew up.
Peggy received a master’s degree in education from Western Maryland College, and became a guidance counselor and vice principal at Emmitsburg high school. She had a reputation for never raising her voice to her students, but she could instill discipline with her stern look. However that stern look did not discourage her former students, some of whom still kept in touch with her. Peggy and Glenn had a wonderful group of friends they met through her teaching. Everyone loved to visit the farm.
Retirement brought new friends, interests, and more things to learn. Peggy taught Vietnamese refugees, delivered Meals on Wheels with Glenn, participated in senior exercise class into her 80s, and traveled to the western US, Ireland, Germany, and Canada. She continued to welcome friends and relatives to visit her, and also people who just wanted to stop and see the farm where she lived until she was 99. She lived a long and good life.
A Memorial Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 5, 2020, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 256 Tract Road, Fairfield, with Fr. Peter DiTomasso as celebrant. Interment will follow the Mass in the Fairfield Union