Margaret “Peggy” Gerstley Trask passed away on Wednesday, June 12, 2019, surrounded by her family.
Peggy was born in Mountain Top, PA in 1940. The youngest of 7 children, born to Fred and Jane (Maslin) Drendall, she moved to Delaware as a young girl, growing up in Olde New Castle. She attended William Penn High School, where she met her first husband, Tom, who preceded her in death in 2010.
Being a stay at home mom to her two children, she took on catering jobs for local women's clubs, with her mother and her sisters, Doris Freebery and Adele Rees. She also enjoyed doing ceramics, often selling pieces at local venues.
In 1973, she began working as a substitute in the Colonial School District cafeterias, until hired as full time employee with the district. She worked her way up to Unit 2 Cafeteria Supervisor at her Alma Mater, William Penn HS, where she retired in 1982.
Peggy reentered the work force at Wachovia Bank in an entry level job. After a short period of time she was promoted to shift supervisor and eventually manager of several different departments. Upon the banks closing, she tried her hand at selling used cars for Sheridan Ford, then worked for Commerce Bank at a supervisor level. Through all of her endeavors, Peggy touched many lives and made many long lasting friendships.
After the passing of her loving husband of 51 years, Peggy retired from work and focused on her children, Tom Jr. (Kath Hogan) and Trisha (David Moore Jr.) and grandchildren, Matthew, Sean, Connor, Jane and Dylan Gerstley, Senna and Suzanne Collings.
In 2013, she met and married Dale Trask. Peggy and Dale enjoyed traveling to Mexico, Florida and Cape May until she became ill with mandibular cancer in 2015. Anyone who knew Peggy will say she was a fighter to the end. Peggy was preceded in death by her siblings, John, Freddy, Adele Rees and Doris Freebery. In addition to her children and grandchildren, she is survived by two sisters, Jane Crowding of Worton, MD and Claire Sherman (Jim) of New Castle, as well as many loving nieces and nephews and a multitude of friends. Peggy didn't realize the number of lives she touched, but those she did touch will never forget her.
A Memorial Service will be held Tuesday, June 18, 2019, 1:30pm at Gebhart Funeral Home, 531 Delaware Street, New Castle, DE 19720, where friends may visit with the family from 12:30pm to 1:30pm. Burial will be in Gracelawn Memorial Park, New Castle, DE.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to The American Cancer Foundation.
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