Margaret Crowley


Margaret Crowley passed away on March 18, 2014 in Pittsford, NY at the home of her daughter.  She was born Margaret Elizabeth Atkinson on June 1st, 1930.  She was the third child of Mark and Marguerite Atkinson of Syracuse, NY.  She completed her bachelor’s degree in 1953 at SUNY Oswego.  In November of 1953 she married Richard Whiteside of Moira, NY.  She was a teacher in several school districts in New York State and retired from the Saranac Lake School district in 1995. Margaret was widowed in 2000 when Richard Whiteside passed away.  She was remarried in July, 2004 to Thomas Crowley of Sandy Creek, NY.  Margaret is survived by her six children Patricia Veselka (Steve) of Cohoes, NY, Thomas Whiteside of Owl’s Head, NY, Deborah Shullette (Jeff) of Dexter, NY, John Whiteside (Donna) of Baldwinsville, NY, Anne Giller (Andrew) of Pittsford, NY and Susan McKillip of Rainbow Lake, NY.  She has 10 grandchildren- Diana, Jessica , Justin , Danielle , Connor , Traci (Ryan), Eathan , Elizabeth , Molly, and Sam.  She also had two great grandchildren Dylan and Madison.  Margaret is also survived by a brother Bernard Atkinson (Carol) of Lake Tahoe, CA and a sister Joan Coyle (Bernie) of Baldwinsville, NY and several cousins, nieces and nephews.

Margaret was predeceased by her brothers Clifford Atkinson and Mark Atkinson, her
husband Thomas Crowley in 2010 .

She was an active volunteer at the Adirondack Medical Center in Saranac Lake,
the senior center and loved by many friends. She had many interests and had a ready smile for all she met.

There will be a service and internment in the spring where she will be buried next to her loving husband Richard.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to St. Patrick Roman Catholic Church, 28 N. Main Street, P.O Box 567, Jordan NY , 13080 in her memory.

Rochester Cremation, 4044 W. Henrietta Road, Rochester NY 14623, 359-2300,

10 Condolences

  1. David Thompson on March 22, 2014 at 10:35 pm

    Sorry for your loss. We will keep you all in our prayers.

    David and Etta Thompson

  2. Carmel Atkinson on March 23, 2014 at 5:38 am

    Thank you Patty for sending this on. Condolences to all in your family. Saying goodbye to your mother is one of the hardest things to do. Peg was a dear lady, she was warm and ready with a smile as she greeted you. Because of distance, our time together with her was short, but there are many memories to treasure. She loved to have a debate, politics were a fave with her brother Mark, and Lordie me ~ she could get him going 🙂 She was blessed with a fine mind, and used it to do many worthy actions in the community, we were all blessed because Peg was on this earth. Peg, you are now walking with your Heavenly Father, and have no more aches and pains. We will miss you here, till we all join you, God bless your family. Love to you Peg. xxx

  3. Suzanne and Chuck Flynn on March 23, 2014 at 6:55 pm

    Dear Patty and family,
    You are in our thoughts and prayers now and in the days to come. Treasure the special memories and hug your loved ones close!
    Much love, Aunt Cecilia, Suzanne, and Chuck

  4. Anne Ruggeri on March 28, 2014 at 12:44 am

    My deepest condolences to all of Peggy’s family & friends.
    I enjoyed the short time I had to get to know Peggy through our family Genealogy.
    I was happy I could assist her in obtaining some copies of newspaper articles concerning her brother Clifford. The memories that that brought back must have been intense, but I think there was a sense of comfort as well when she read them.
    I’m glad I was able to go to Mark’s Services out in Newport and see Peggy (and family). I had attempted to drop in to see her in Sandy Creek some time after Tom had passed, but I learned she had moved.
    You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

  5. Ruth Hibbard on March 30, 2014 at 12:28 pm

    We are so sorry for your loss. Peggy was such a dear neighbor and we missed her when she moved away. Loved her sense of humor….

    Kent and Ruth Hibbard

  6. Janet Conklin on March 30, 2014 at 8:12 pm

    Dear Whiteside family, So sorry to hear of your mom’s passing! You are in our thoughts and prayers at this difficult time. Peggy was a dear friend to mom and I know they shared many memories through their life long friendship. May God’s peace bring you comfort.

    Janet Conklin, Mark, Gary, Dave Schafran

  7. Shirley and Al Hence on March 30, 2014 at 9:44 pm

    So sad to hear of the passing of Peggy, she was always smiling…….

  8. Sharon Halsey on March 31, 2014 at 9:31 pm

    I am sorry to hear about Peggy. She was a joy and enjoyed knowing her while she resided in Green Haven Community Park. You and your families will be in my prayers.

  9. Wanda Minkler on April 9, 2014 at 12:52 am

    Debbie & Family, I am so sorry for your loss. May you find some comfort knowing your Mom is in the ARMS OF THE ANGELS NOW at PEACE. O:) <3

  10. Linda Carroll on April 9, 2014 at 2:07 am

    Deb, sending you hugs and prayers at this sad time.

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