Obituary for Margaret Carrington

Margaret Carrington, age 97 of Northfield, died peacefully on Thursday afternoon, April 20, 2017, at Evergreen Lodge of the Northfield Retirement Community. Margaret Elizabeth Mengel Carrington (Peggy) was born December 25, 1919, in Everett, Massachusetts, to John H. and Katherine (Richter) Mengel. She was raised in Everett, graduating from Everett High School and Fischer Jr. College in Boston. Following her education, she worked as a secretary at John Hancock Insurance Company and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Peggy met her future husband, Thomas R. Carrington, in the fall of 1941 while working at MIT. The following spring he shipped out […]

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Margaret Carrington, age 97 of Northfield, died peacefully on Thursday afternoon, April 20, 2017, at Evergreen Lodge of the Northfield Retirement Community.

Margaret Elizabeth Mengel Carrington (Peggy) was born December 25, 1919, in Everett, Massachusetts, to John H. and Katherine (Richter) Mengel. She was raised in Everett, graduating from Everett High School and Fischer Jr. College in Boston. Following her education, she worked as a secretary at John Hancock Insurance Company and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Peggy met her future husband, Thomas R. Carrington, in the fall of 1941 while working at MIT. The following spring he shipped out with the army Air Corps as a weather officer in India. When he returned twenty-eight months later they were married on August 25, 1944.

They made their first home in Montpelier, Vermont, then moved to Bristol, Connecticut, and finally in 1961, to Pittsfield, Massachusetts, where Tom eventually became president of the Berkshire County Savings Bank. During these years Peggy raised their three children and pursued her college degree at Berkshire Community College and the State University of New York at Albany, where she received her BA in English. In 1981, Peggy and Tom moved to Osterville, Massachusetts on Cape Cod. In January of 2008, four years after the death of her husband, Peggy moved to Northfield to be near her daughter Jane Laurel.

Throughout her life, Peggy was an avid reader. One of her most valued experiences was participating in Great Books clubs in Bristol and in Pittsfield. She loved all of the fine arts, especially music. In her youth she played the piano and sang in the her church choir, and as an adult went to symphony, opera, and ballet performances at every opportunity, always accompanied by her husband and her daughter Jane Laurel. Other interests included golf, bridge, and travel. Once Tom retired, she enjoyed many trips to Europe, including an extensive tour of Russia.

Peggy was a gracious, lively, enthusiastic person, a loving friend, and a devoted wife and mother. She was a fabulous cook, who took great pains over her family’s well-being. Her apple pie was unsurpassed. Throughout her married life she was steadfast in the face of adversities, including her husband’s two-year battle with tuberculosis in their early years.

She was above all a survivor: of poverty during the Depression years, of the long and difficult separation from Tom during the war years, of coping with her sons’ mental illness, which during the post-war era was so poorly understood. She loved dancing, going to movies, and shopping, never forgetting to have a bit of fun. She contributed to her community in countless ways, through her support for her Congregational church, local arts organizations, and above all for her many friends. At Evergreen Lodge she touched the lives of all who knew her with her sweetness and her ready smile. She will be greatly missed.

Survivors include her sons, Mark S. and Thomas R. Carrington of Pittsfield; her daughter and son-in-law, Jane Laurel Carrington and Stephen M. May of Northfield; her grandson, Paul N. Carrington-May, and other relative and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband, her parents and her brother John Mengel.

A memorial service is will be held at 2:00PM, Thursday, May 4, 2017, at the Chapel of the Northfield Retirement Community. Visitation will be 1/2 hour prior (1:30PM) and a reception will follow. Interment will be in the Pittsfield Cemetery at a later date.

Arrangements are with the Benson & Langehough Funeral Home. www.northfieldfuneral.com

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Funeral

2:00 PM - May 4, 2017

Northfield Retirement Community Chapel
900 Cannon Valley Dr W Northfield, 55057 Get Directions

Visitation

1:30 PM - May 4, 2017

Northfield Retirement Community Chapel
900 Cannon Valley Dr W Northfield, 55057 Get Directions

Burial

Burial

Pittsfield Cemetery
203 Wahconah St Pittsfield, 01201 Get Directions

2 Comments

  1. Nancy Hollinger

    Dear Laurel, Stephen, and Paul, I so enjoyed meeting Margaret and getting to know her. She was a wonderful person, so full of life and personality, and so gracious. She will be missed by many. Sending our love and support.
    Nancy & Bernie

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  2. Steve Hahn

    Laurel, I’ll be thinking of you today. Bless you and your family. Great biography for a great lady!

    Reply

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