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Marguerite Pataki

July 22, 1938 - August 6, 2016

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Marguerite Frances “Peggy” Pataki, 78, died August 6, 2016, at her home in Hayward, Calif., following complications from a stroke in 2014. A native of Buffalo, N.Y., Mrs. Pataki was born July 22, 1938, to Josephine (née Derico) and Martin Schwagler. She was the third of eight children.

Mrs. Pataki grew up in the Buffalo area, including Tonawanda and Grand Island, where she attended Charlotte Sidway Elementary School. She graduated in 1956 from Mount St. Mary Academy in Kenmore. For several years, she worked at the Bell System (precursor to AT&T) as a keypunch operator. In 1963, she met Sandor “Alex” Pataki in Los Angeles, Calif. They were married the following year and moved to Tacoma, Wash., soon afterward.

During their 51-year marriage, they raised three daughters and lived in Washington, Oregon and Alaska before returning to California in 1986. 

Survivors include her husband, Alex, and daughters Monica (Robert) of Sahuarita, Ariz.; Joanna of Hayward; and Helen of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Her special joy was her granddaughter, Sophia, with whom she enjoyed watching cartoons. The two also shared a love of jumping on trampolines.

Other survivors include her siblings and their families: Richard Schwagler of Pendleton, N.Y.; Carol Brown of Tonawanda, N.Y.; Sandra Vilches of Prescott Valley, Ariz.; Robert Schwagler of Kenmore, N.Y.; Jeffrey Schwagler of North Tonawanda, N.Y.; and Cynthia Fitzery of Hamburg, N.Y. Another brother, Martin “Stu” Schwagler Jr., of Syracuse, N.Y., predeceased her.

A devoted wife and mother, Mrs. Pataki had unwavering faith in God and a dedicated prayer life. She identified and researched health issues decades before they became trendy. She enjoyed talk radio, cooking shows, singing hymns and 1950s hits, and doing on-target impersonations. Her dry, sharp wit caused her family to dissolve into helpless laughter over the years. She will be remembered with great love and fondness.

Interment will take place at San Joaquin Valley National Cemetery in Santa Nella, Calif., at 12:30 p.m. on Monday, August 15, 2016.

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