Margaret (Van Kennen) Correa, known to those close to her as “Peggy”, died April 24, 2012, peacefully in her sleep from complications related to COPD. She was 70 years old and only 2 weeks shy of her 71st birthday.
Her husband Jack predeceased her by only nine months. She was really never the same after Jack died. She missed him terribly, but is now happily with him again and with her beloved parents.
Peggy grew up in Ogdensburg which was always home to her despite a life that took her to New York City, Europe, Key West, Florida, the Boston area, and eventually back to Florida, settling with Jack in Clearwater in the early 1990’s. Her memories always revolved around her friends from Ogdensburg, time spent in Clearwater with her parents as a child, and the good times she had travelling in Europe with Jack. She attended Ogdensburg Free High School, Stoneleigh Burnham School and eventually the American School in Lugano, Switzerland.
After finishing school, she settled in New York City where she worked for Bantam Books. In her mid 20’s she took a ship to Europe and changed her life forever. It was in Florence, Italy where she met Jack and they married 2 years later. Peggy and Jack lived in Florence for a few years. During a short time apart Peggy and their only daughter Jennifer lived in Key West where Peggy worked for the Key West Yacht Club and then for the Monroe County Medical Examiner’s Office.
Jack and Peggy later reunited, living in the Boston area running his restaurant, Il Dolce Momento. They also spent time in Key West where they enjoyed vacationing for many years. Eventually they relocated permanently to Clearwater FL where Peggy worked in the hospitality industry until 2008.