Margaret Mary Twaddell Rieger

(Apr 16, 1906 to Jan 6, 2009)

Swedesboro is a better place thanks to Peg. Her contributions affected every facet of the town. At St. Joe’s she was always happy to scrub the altar, wash and iron linens and was always there to pray for others with the Altar & Rosary Society and the Legion of Mary. Her commitment to the Fire Company Ladies Auxiliary had been apparent since she joined in the 1930s. When it came to hoagie and bake sale fundraisers, it wasn’t a matter of if you were ordering, but how much you’d be ordering. Nursing was her life’s calling. She became a nurse at Hahnemann Hospital. During her time at Mae Haffey’s Maternity Hospital she oversaw the birth of hundreds of children, and every parent in the town knew they could call on her when their kids were sick. But for Peg her dedication knew no bounds. She often opened her home to the sick, taking care of them with her only payment being the smile on their faces. She was always fast to become a grandmom to any child that crossed her threshold. The grandkids would later find out that her never ending winning streak at RackO and Rummy was the result of her cheating. Her 102 years were marked with many amazing events: she walked the Ben Franklin Bridge the day it opened, she was the correct caller on a TV game show, and she even once had her dinner prepared by Julia Childs.rn She was fortunate to meet a young Edward Rieger at a dance. They spent 46 wonderful years together before his passing. They were blessed by the addition of their four sons: William E.(Jill), Howard J.(Norma), Edward J. and the late John and his late wife, Arlene, 15 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren and 2 great-great grandchildren. rn Come celebrate 102 smiling years Friday 6-8 PM and Saturday 8:30-9:30 AM at Daley Life Celebration Studio, Swedesboro, Mass of Christian Burial to follow at 10 at St. Joseph’s Church, Swedesboro. Burial in St. Joseph’s Cemetery.

10 thoughts on “Margaret Mary Twaddell Rieger

  1. Grace (Rieger) Carling-Kelly

    It was wonderful to read so many nice things about Grandmom. Although we are far apart, my thoughts are with everyone in the Rieger family.rnGraciernDubuque, IA

  2. Matthew Rieger

    Grandmom, thank you for all the love you gave me growing up, you were like a Mother to me. I will teach my children all the lessons and love you taught me through out my life. I hope my daughters grow up to be as wonderful a woman as you were. I was so lucky to have such a beautiful person in my life. I will miss everything about you.rnLove, Matthew

  3. Ginger Rieger

    Grandmom you will be missed by so many. I am thankful for the years I got to spend with you, playing cards, the fun we had when I would do your hair and just listening to your stories. I’ll always remember the little song you sang to my girls and your replys when I asked you how you were, either, “The old gray mare aint what she use to be” or ” fat and sassy”. You bring a smile to my face when ever I think of you. May you rest in peace and watch over the rest of us. Thank you for being such a wonderful person, I consider it an honor to be part of your family.rnLove rnGinger

  4. Robert Dale Boyd

    Just went to Swedesboro, NJ for HS reunion at the Holiday Inn and asked around about Mae Haffey’s Clinic where I was born in 1943, my brother in ’36, and to my surprise found other classmates who knew of the place. My mother had to spend a week before I was born there and a week after. That was how it was down then. Now just a weekend. Thank you Mae and staff for pulling me through. Oh yeah, it was Pennsville’s 50 reunion of the class of ’61.

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