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Margaret "Peggy" Ragain

October 18, 1938 — August 3, 2019

Margaret "Peggy" Ragain

Margaret “Peggy” Ragain

Age 80 of Coal City and formerly of Wilmington, passed away Saturday afternoon, August 3, 2019 at her home surrounded by her family.

Born October 18, 1938 in South Amboy, New Jersey, Margaret Ann was a daughter of William Edward “Jersey” and Ruth Ann (Connor) Klegman. She was raised in Coal City and graduated from Coal City High School. On November 11, 1958, Peggy married Gerald Ragain in Coal City. Together they made their home and raised their family in Ragainville, Wilmington.

Peggy worked as a furniture and carpeting sales associate at Montgomery Wards in Joliet for more than 20 years, and later owned and operated Western World Racing Hut. She was active with the County Line Kickers, participated in Godley Park District Trips and was a regular at Thursday night Bingo held at the Gardner American Legion.

Family was Peggy’s priority. Endless memories were created at Wednesday night dinners, as well as Sunday morning breakfasts. Anyone who came to the table, was fed by Peggy. A lover of nature, Peggy enjoyed her flowers and watching the birds. Tom Skilling was a favorite and though she had a love/hate relationship with squirrels, her beautiful yard made for epic Easter egg hunts.

Peggy was a fan of the Chicago Bears, and enjoyed garage sales. Birthday dinners were highlighted by her candid birthday poems that each family member received beginning on their 18th year. Peggy had a way of creating a special relationship with each and every one of her family members. She lived her life fully, and now passes on a legacy for her family to hold close and carry on forevermore.

Survivors include her children: Barbara (Jeff) Lardi, Beverly (Conrad) Stanley and Joe (Kim) Ragain, all of Wilmington, Charlie (Kimie) Ragain of Mazon, Vicki Klegman of Chicago and Melissa Klegman of Coal City; grandchildren: Etty (Jen) Stanley, Tony (Alexa) Lardi, Beth (Bill) Studer, Matt Ragain (Kelly Fisher), Jackie (Matt) Liebermann, Coley Ragain, Zach Ragain, Maggie Ragain and Alyssa Cirrencione; great grandkids: Kayla Lardi, Isabella Lardi, Logan Stanley, Olivia Lardi, Lillian Stanley and Harley Liebermann; siblings: Fran (Doug) Strobel of Wilmington, Cathy (the late Richard) Broderick of Braceville, Patty Fox (Ron) and William “Jersey” (Debbie) Klegman, both of Coal City, Kim (Dave) Brown of Las Vegas and James Klegman; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law: Ilene Klegman of Ohio, Larry (Sharon) Ragain of South Wilmington and Richard (Mary Ellen) Ragain and George (Doris) Ragain, both of Wilmington, and numerous nieces and nephews, as well as her dear and special friend, Carole Clements of Wilmington.

Peggy was preceded in death by her parents; husband Gerald (2003); grandson, Jeffery Lardi, Jr. (2017), brothers: Donald (Carol) Klegman and Thomas Klegman; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Les and Shirley Sorensen and her dear friend, Sharon Gresham.

The family will receive friends for a memorial visitation on Wednesday August 7, 2019 between the hours of 3:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. at Baskerville Funeral Home, 700 East Kahler Road in Wilmington. Services will follow Thursday morning, August 8, 2019 in the funeral home at 10:00 a.m. with Peggy’s nephew, Rev. Scott Strobel officiating. Inurnment will be in Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery in Elwood, where Peggy will be laid to rest with her late husband Gerald. Everyone is invited to join together for the memorial luncheon at the Wilmington Moose Lodge, immediately following the services.

Preferred memorials may be made as gifts in Peggy’s memory to Joliet Area Community Hospice, 250 Water Stone Circle, Joliet, Illinois 60431.

Family and friends may sign the guest book, upload photographs or share Peggy’s memorial page online through social media by logging onto:

Cremation services and memorial arrangements have been made under the direction and care of Baskerville Funeral Home in Wilmington. (815-476-2181)

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