Margaret Gibson

February 27, 1934 ~ May 20, 2022 (age 88)


Rhinebeck and Brentwood, New York - Margaret “Peggy” Aveningo Harvey Gibson born February 27, 1934, passed away on May 20, 2022 at the age of 88 after a very brief diagnosis of cancer.

She is survived by her Daughter Valerie Holzmann (Hyde Park NY), grandchildren, Nicholas (St. Augustine Beach, FL), Margaret (Staatsburg, NY) and Michael Savino (Fernandino Beach, FL) and Sons in Law George Holzmann and Marc Savino. Also are Daughter, Lisa Maskell and husband John (Virginia Beach, VA) their children and grandchildren, and Son, Frank Emrich and wife Erica (Crewe, VA) their children and grandchildren. She was predeceased by her husband, Gordon Gibson in 1986.

Born in Mineola, NY, Peggy age 16 months and her younger sister, Joan 4 months were placed in foster care with Al and Ethyl Harvey and their daughter Sylvia age 10. Peggy would call the Harvey family her own through-out her young and adult life, taking their last name as her own. After marrying Gordon Gibson in Williston Park, NY in 1956, they went on to adopt a daughter, whom they renamed Valerie, in February of 1958. Gordon and Peggy owned and operated several Chevron Service Stations on both the north and south shores of Long Island, along with a Yarn and Knitting Store in Stony Brook, NY. Peggy additionally worked for the Brentwood School System as a teacher’s assistant.

Pegs’ greatest joy was her family, especially her son-in-laws, Marc and George. Their support and love for her blended family was evident in loud Sunday dinners and spirited live and televised baseball and football viewing. Her grandchildren, Nick, whom she shared countless hours talking sports and recipes with, Marge, whose art work amazed her beyond words, and Mike, lightening fast with a joke and a true wiz in the kitchen, were the true lights in her world; and as if Pegs’ own private miracle came true, the recent discovery of Valerie’s biological sisters and brothers were one of the best gifts. Sister Lisa and Brother Frank made several trips to New York and gave Peg a huge extended family.

Peg was grateful for her long and healthy life. She wasn’t ready to leave the wonderful time she was having, but she was prepared. Peg never said “Good-bye”, that was too final, it was always, “So long”. Until we meet again Peg, “So long”.

Calling Hours will be held at the Dapson-Chestney Funeral Home, 51 W. Market St., Rhinebeck on Tuesday May 24, 2022 from 3 PM to 5 PM.


Funeral Services will be held at the Funeral Home at 5 PM.


Burial will be private at the Locust Valley Cemetery in Long Island where she will be laid to rest next to her husband, Gordon.


Memorial Donations in honor of Peggy can be made to the St. Paul’s Lutheran Church of Wurtemburg Memorial Tree Fund, 371 Wurtemburg Rd, Rhinebeck, NY 12572.

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Calling Hours
May 24, 2022

3:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Dapson Chestney Funeral Home
51 West Market St PO Box 515
Rhinebeck, NY 12572

Funeral Service
May 24, 2022

5:00 PM
Dapson Chestney Funeral Home
51 West Market St PO Box 515
Rhinebeck, NY 12572

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