Margaret A. “Peggy” Aharrah

Margaret A. “Peggy” Aharrah


Margaret Ann “Peggy” Aharrah, age 90, of Clarion, passed away quietly in her sleep on January 8, 2018 at Clarion Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center where she and her husband were residing.


She was born on September 14, 1927 in Oil City, the daughter of the late Frederick W. and A. Johanna Deppmeyer Behringer.  She attended elementary in Plumer, Cornplanter Township, Venango County and then graduated from Oil City High School in 1945.


On June 19, 1950, she married Ernest C. Aharrah in the United Presbyterian Church in Plumer.  He survives.


Peggy graduated from Clarion State Teachers College (now Clarion University) in 1949 with a B.S. Ed. majoring in elementary education.  While in college, she was active in College Choirs, the Association for Early Childhood Education and Sigma Sigma Sigma National Sorority.  She obtained additional graduate credits from the Penn State University.


She was an elementary teacher in Titusville, Shippenville and Clarion, retiring from Clarion Area School District in 1985.  She served Clarion University as a cooperating teacher for a number of years.  She also was a substitute teacher, tutor, and homebound instructor, as well.


In the past, she had served as a Sunday School teacher and a Deacon at the First Presbyterian Church of Clarion and as a Girl Scout leader.  She was a member of the Clarion University Alumni Association, the Clarion Conservancy (treasurer), Clarion County Historical Society where she served as a docent, Circle III of the Presbyterian Church, and the Clarion Women’s Club.  She was also a life member of the Pennsylvania Association of Retired Teachers and the Clarion County YMCA.


Peggy enjoyed tending to her home and gardens, teaching and traveling.


Peggy is preceded in death by her daughter, Cheryl “Cheri” Aharrah Reid, who died in 1980; her parents; and her brother-in-law, John D. Aharrah and wife Marie.


In addition to her husband, she is survived by her brother, Frederick W. Behringer and wife Pat; nephew Steven J. Aharrah and wife Peggy and their sons Steven J. Aharrah II and wife Amy, and Gary A. Aharrah and wife Kelly.


Arrangements are under the care of the Goble Funeral Home and Crematory, 330 Wood Street in Clarion where visitation will be held from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. on Wednesday.  An additional visitation will be held from 10-11 a.m. on Thursday at the First Presbyterian Church, 700 Wood Street in Clarion.  Funeral services will be held at the church at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, with Rev. Dr. Jonathan Scanlon, pastor, officiating.  Interment will be in Sunset Hills Memorial Garden, Cranberry Twp., Venango County.


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