Peggy Wardle

Date of Passing:

July 23, 2023

Peggy Wardle died at age 70 on July 23, 2023, at her Riverside, RI home surrounded by her loved ones. Her passing leaves a hole in the hearts of many.

Peggy leaves behind her children, Katie Fitzgerald Cleary and grandson, Declan Cleary of Harrisburg, NC; Patrick Fitzgerald of Beaverton, OR and Shannon Fitzgerald of Riverside, RI, as well as her brothers and sister, Donald Hess of Wilbraham, MA; Nancy Bardwell of Chicopee, MA, Billy Hess of Durango, CO and Ralph Hess of Springfield, MA as well as numerous nieces and nephews both official and unofficial.

Peggy was predeceased by her husband, James J. Wardle, parents William and Catherine (Travers) Hess of Springfield, MA, brother Peter Hess of Longmeadow, MA, sister Catherine (Hess) Evitts and grandson Finn Francis Cleary of Harrisburg, NC.

Never a stranger, Peggy was considered a very special person and often a once in a lifetime friend to many who had the privilege of meeting her. She was adored by her neighbors and former colleagues at Textron, HopeHealth Hospice & Palliative Care and East Bay Community Action Program.

While she touched the lives of many in extraordinary ways, per Peggy’s request there will be no funeral or memorial service.

Her children will host a private celebration of her life at a later date.

Online Condolences


  1. I just heard about Peggy’s passing. My deepest sympathy and condolences to all of her family and friends. Peggy was a very special colleague and friend of mine at Textron and will always be remembered as the kind and thoughtful person she always was. She will be missed by all who knew her. Prayers for her family and friends.

  2. My deep sympathy to Peggy’s family and many friends. She was one of the kindest professionals I have had the privilege to work with over the years, and served as an inspiration to many. She will be missed.

  3. I am so sorry to hear of Peggy’s passing. My condolences to her children and siblings. She was a great asset to Textron Financial. Her smile and kind heart always shone especially in difficult times. Prayers are with you

  4. Im so sorry to hear of Peggy’s passing. We enjoyed saying we were the only to pegs at Hospice.
    Peg was. treasured team mate

  5. So very sorry to hear of Peggy’s passing. She was well loved by all who knew her-I will miss her smile most of all! So now she is finally re-United with Jim forever!😢😭😭💕

  6. I always remembered my first day at Textron when Peggy had a one-on-one orientation meeting with me. She was so warm and kind that day, and every day after that. What a beautiful person! I am so sorry she lost her struggle, which she fought with such bravery and dignity. I will keep her and your family in my prayers.

  7. Katie, my thoughts and prayers are with you and yours during this difficult time. Peggy always had a smile that would light up any room. I’ll always remember the nights spent at Sh-Booms dancing with Jim and Mary. I remember seeing her at Sh-Booms in Springfield when visiting her relatives and even seeing her and Jim come visit me while working at Sh-Booms in Weymouth. May God wrap his loving arms around her for eternity.

  8. I had the pleasure of meeting Peggy through our Crohn’s group. She was always so positive and uplifting. I am so very sorry for your loss. She was a wonderful person and will be truly missed 😢 ❤️

  9. I had the privilege and pleasure of befriending Peggy several years ago. We drove together to Boston for classes and we shared many stories and fun times.
    I feel I came to know her family over that period and she came to know mine.
    Although we rarely had the chance to get together since then, I feel we remained connected.
    She loved her family dearly and I know she would have done anything to continue to be here with them. My heart goes out to her entire family. I know they will deeply miss her, yet have so many wonderful memories to share.

  10. My deepest condolences to all of Peggy’s family. I consider it an honor to have been one of Peggy’s many friends. She was one of the sweetest, kindest most compassionate people I know. She always had a smile on her face no matter how bad she was feeling. May she rest in peace. I will always remember you with great fondness, Peggy.

  11. My deepest condolences to you and your family. My mom used to work with Peggy at Home and Hospice. I was fortunate to have met your mom.

  12. Peggy was a dear sweet person who I was lucky enough to call my friend. We met at EBCAP and continued our friendship over the years. I will miss her so very much. She loved her family more than anything. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

  13. Katie, Shannon and Patrick. I am so sorry to hear of the passing of your Mom. As you all know, she was truly one of a kind and such a wonderful and lovely person who I had the honor of knowing. So many wonderful memories that I hold dear to my heart as you all do. My sincere condolences Cheryl Kiley

  14. I am in absolute shock! I messaged Peg a month ago and never heard back (which was unlike her). She was my friend and confidant. She was like a big sister always giving me sound advice and love. She threw me a bachelorette party at work with special gluten free goodies.. she was so thoughtful. I would baby sit for little Peaches on occasion and we had a close relationship in a short time of being friends. I took it upon my self to google her name in the event something happened and came across this!!! I’m devastated and the world lost a beautiful woman!! Ohhh my heart Peg I love you and I pray you are finally set free from all illness now. I can’t believe this! My condolences to all her friends and family. Please notify us if any memorial please…

  15. Dear dear cousins..I just today learned of Peggy’s passing through a mutual classmate from CHS. I wish SO much to have been there in person to shower you with lots and lots of love and hugs. Near close to the end, after our 50th reunion, we celebrated our cousinhood more than any time as kids. Marthe and I vividly remember Fran, OUR mother shutting both Peggy and Nancy out of our house when Uncle Bill brought everyone with him. To this day, we have no idea why. Brother Paul has called Fran “that hateful woman.”

  16. Katie, Patrick, and Shannon,

    I am incredibly sorry for your loss. As you beautifully write in your mom’s obituary, she was a once in a lifetime relationship for many, including me.

    You all are such a huge part of most of my favorite childhood memories (Snickers Blizzards on the Cape, “Alice, get in the car!”, “I am eating my GDamn mashed potatoes!”, go-karting, watching the Miracle on Ice game together, and so many more), and it is surreal that she is no longer with us.

    You all are so closely in my thoughts and prayers.

    Love, Denise

  17. Peggy and I were in homeroom together at Cathedral High School for four years. I am so glad that she felt well to enjoy the 50th reunion and that I had the pleasure to sit with her for the evening. Peggy was always smiling, bubbly, and lovely with no change fifty years later. Sincere sympathies to her entire family.

  18. Although we went to CHS with Peggy, our sweetest memories were working with Peggy at an answering service while we were in school! The three of us were often scheduled together and we will forever remember those days 50 years ago! A sweet and endearing woman who we were fortunate to reconnect with at our reunion in 2021. Condolences to her family and friends and May she Rest In Peace 🙏❤️
    Rosemary (Hurley) Herberger
    Linda Sullivan

  19. Marty Pezzullo on July 30 2023.

    Deepest condolences to Peggy’s family. She was the nicest person and neighbor. We will miss her here on Richmond Point.

  20. Ralph and Christine,

    So sorry to read of your sisters passing. May God rest her soul and bring you and your families pleasant memories of the times you spent together.

  21. Very sorry Ralph. 🕊️

  22. Peggy sat behind me in home room for four years. She was always friendly and polite and the world needs more of that

  23. I worked with Peggy at Textron and I can still remember our first meeting. She was so pleasant and helpful and kind and she remained that way in all the years I knew her.

    With greatest sympathy.

  24. I am very sorry for Peggy’s family and friends. I am especially sorry for Nancy Bardwell, Peggy’s sister. Peggy and I never met but we knew all about each other through Nancy. They had a very special bond as only sisters could. In these past months they grieved together and enjoyed many wonderful moments together. May the Good Lord bless you all.

  25. Shannon, Patrick and Katie, there are no words to express to you all my deepest condolences. Mom was indeed a very special lady and she will absolutely be remembered and missed. As I write this, Peaches, is nuzzled up, safe and loved. She will always miss her mamma and always be mamma’s girl…sending hugs love and light.

  26. I am so sorry for your loss. I had the privilege of being Peggy’s nurse for many years and will miss her. She was always a bright spot in my day and so grateful for all our conversations. Prayers for your whole family.

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