Mrs. Margaret Saunders

Mrs. Margaret Saunders


Let us remember the life and ministry of Margaret “Peg” Saunders, 94, who passed away peacefully on February 26, 2019 at Penney Retirement Community in Penney Farms, FL. She was predeceased by her husband, Rev. Marshall Saunders.
Margaret Tremier was born and raised in Swissvale, PA. She earned her bachelor of music degree from the College of Wooster; a master of music from the Conservatory of Music in Detroit, MI, and did additional graduate work at Hartford Seminary.

At Hartford Seminary, Peg was given the opportunity to do field work at Norwalk Methodist Church as a youth director and to work with the junior and youth choirs. In September 1948, on her first Sunday, she met the youth superintendent, Marshall Saunders, who would become her husband and her partner in everything until his death in December 1991.

While Marshall was still a candidate for ordination, Peg and Marshall moved to Michigan to take a church where Marshall preached and Peg became organist and choir director. After Marshall's ordination in the Methodist Church they stayed in Michigan serving several churches. Peg became a certified minister of music and director of christian education in the Methodist Church.

In 1964 Peg and Marshall returned to Norwalk, CT, serving at First Methodist Church in South Norwalk with Marshall as pastor and Peg as organist and choir director. She also directed the Norwalk Community Chorus for several years.

After 19 years, Peg and Marshall left First Methodist to devote themselves to full-time evangelistic work at His Place in Boothbay Harbor, ME, as well as around the country.

In addition to her husband, Peg was predeceased by her daughter Ginger Ruth Dieckmann. She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Gayle and Douglass Seaton of Tallahassee, FL; her son and daughter-in-law, Rev. Gregory and Annette Saunders of Norwalk, CT; and her son-in-law Michael Dieckmann of Pensacola, FL; as well as by nine grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.