Marguerite Edwards Obituary (1935-2021) - East Greenbush, NY

Edwards, Marguerite EAST GREENBUSH Marguerite Juliette Edwards “Peg”, 86 years old, entered eternal rest on Friday, September 17, 2021, surrounded by her loving family. Marguerite was born on January 25, 1935 in Cohoes, the daughter of Elzear and Florence Pelletier, into a large French-Canadian family. After graduating from the Vincentian Institute Catholic High School in Albany, Marguerite worked for the State Assembly. She fell in love and was married to John Edwards of Chatham in 1956. Her marriage to John brought her to Iowa to complete her husband’s training at the Palmer College of Chiropractic. Shortly after graduation, Peg and John returned to the Capital District in 1959 to open the Edwards Chiropractic Office. They settled in East Greenbush, where they would stay for the rest of their lives. Edwards Chiropractic was one of the first advanced health clinics in New York State, serving the suburban and rural communities of Rensselaer County until they retired after 52 years of continuous service. Peg was often at the front desk to greet new patients or in the back office to do administrative and insurance tasks so her husband could focus on clinical patient care. It was a real partnership. Marguerite was a very active member of the Holy Spirit Catholic Community in East Greenbush, where her five children attended elementary school. For many years she served as a Eucharistic preacher at Sunday mass, sang in the choir, and was active in countless committees and fundraising drives during her 50 years of service. Her commitment to Catholic education spanned many years on the school board. She especially loved the theater committee, which was dedicated to introducing students to the arts and music of the capital region. Peg also served on a special committee in the early 1990s dedicated to fundraising and building the expansion of the Holy Spirit Church. Peg was a co-founder of the Chiropractic Education Foundation; a non-profit organization focused on providing scholarships to students attending university. Marguerite also served as president of the Women’s Auxiliary to the New York State Chiropractic Association in the 1970s and 1980s, which was an active advocate for insurance equality for alternative care services in Albany and Washington DC. She managed to change the law so that chiropractic care would be covered by health insurances, employee benefits, and other state and government benefit programs. The family would like to express their sincere thanks to their wonderful care team, Kim, Carrie, Eve, Summer and Robin, who have helped Peg over the past four years. and to the community hospice team for their guidance and support. Marguerite had died of her 63-year-old husband John Edwards (2019). She leaves behind five sisters: Doris Bostock, Jeanne Lefebvre, Lucille VanBramer, Yvette Winkler and Helen Henderson; and two brothers, Anthony and Raymond Pelletier; five children: Thomas (Susan) Edwards, Timothy Edwards, PollyAnn (Chris) Coyne, Peter Edwards and Daniel (Xiao Li) Edwards; ten grandchildren: Nathan, Matthew, Hannah, Carissa, Lucas, Kateri, John, Bryan, Nicholas and Aria; and eight great-grandchildren: Mia, Chase, Savannah, Evelyn, Julia, Noah, Cole and Isla. Relatives and friends are invited to attend their office hour on Wednesday, September 22nd, from 9 am to 10 am, followed by mass at 10 am at Holy Spirit Church, 667 Columbia Tpke., East Greenbush. The burial takes place in the cemetery of the Holy Sepulcher. Contributions can be made to the American Red Cross or the community hospice.

Published by Albany Times Union on September 19, 2021.