Haverhill — Marguerite “Peggy” (Gombar) Stender passed away at the Merrimack Valley Hospice House on Monday, September 30. She was born, the youngest of seven children, on March 24, 1920, to the late Louis and Mary (Hurney) Gombar. Peggy was raised in Throop, Pa., where she attended Throop High School, and graduated from Marywood University in Scranton, Pa. She never wanted to be anything but a wife and mother, and not long after graduation, she married J. Paul Stender with whom she had three children. They were married for 49 years until his death in 1990. They settled in Scranton, then moved to the Jersey Shore, where they lived for 25 years, before moving back to Pennsylvania, residing in the Poconos. After the death of her husband, Peggy moved to Massachusetts to be near her youngest child, residing in Methuen until her death.
Peggy is survived by her son, J. Douglas Stender and his wife, Jill Tasker, of Columbus, Ind.; her daughter, Joan L. Stender of Haverhill, Mass.; and two grandsons, Matthew M. O’Brien of Manchester, N.H., and D. Paul Stender of England; and by many nieces and nephews. In addition to her husband, she was predeceased by her beloved daughter, Sandra L. (Stender) Kauffman; and her siblings, Helen (Gombar) Martin, Dr. Edward Gombar, Pauline (Gombar) Kowalchik, Mildred (Gombar) Stern, Dr. William Gombar, and Mary (Gombar) Knight.
Among Peggy’s last words were that she hoped her children knew that she loved them more than anything in the world. We always did Mom.
ARRANGEMENTS: A graveside service will be held at a later date at the Gombar family plot at St. Catherine’s Cemetery, Moscow, Pa. Arrangements are by H.L. Farmer & Sons Funeral Homes and Cremation Service, Haverhill and Bradford. Contributions in Peggy’s memory may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.
Condolences to her family may be made at www.farmerfuneralhomes.com.