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Margaret "Peggy" Baer



Margaret “Peggy” Baer, age 95 of Wayne, passed away peacefully at home on Tuesday, November 7, 2017.

Margaret was born in Boston, Massachusetts, on May 13, 1922. Her parents, Andrew and Jennifer Boyd had moved there from their homes on Cape Breton Island in Nova Scotia, Canada, which Margaret visited every summer as a child. She deeply loved her Nova Scotian heritage and throughout her life, she continued returning to the Island to visit family and friends, and enjoy her beloved Cape Breton fiddle music.

Margaret, the oldest of four children, soon moved with her family from Boston to the Bronx in New York City, where her father worked construction on the George Washington Bridge. In 1931, at age 9, together with her family, she attended the bridge’s ceremonial opening, an event presided over by then New York Governor, Franklin D. Roosevelt. Growing up in the Bronx, Margaret attended high school at Saint Nicholas of Tolentine on Fordham Road, where she graduated in 1940.

In 1946, she married William E. Baer, also of the Bronx, who was recently returned from service in the Pacific Theatre during World War II. Together with their three children, the family lived primarily in the Bronx until moving to Packanack Lake in Wayne, New Jersey, in 1960. While raising her three children in Packanack, Margaret initiated her life-long love of community theater, participating with the “Packanack Players” for many years as an actress, dancer, writer and director. In 1976, she received the Best Actress Award in a state-wide drama festival in Atlantic City for her performance in Something Unspoken by Tennessee Williams.

In 1970, she began working for the United States Post Office. Starting at the entry level, she quickly rose through the ranks, eventually becoming Director of Finance for the Paterson postal region, overseeing the finances of nearly a hundred post offices. She retired in 1990 as the Postmaster of Fair Lawn, New Jersey.

Margaret touched countless lives with her kindness, and was loved by everyone who knew her. She was predeceased by her husband, William E. Baer, her brother Andrew Boyd and her sister Evelyn Stuart. She is survived by her three children: Robert Baer of Wayne, New Jersey; William Baer of Wayne, New Jersey; and Richard Baer of Tenafly, New Jersey; as well as her daughter-in-law, Foon Wu-Baer of Tenafly, New Jersey; and three grandchildren, Margaret Baer of Silver Springs, Maryland; William Baer, III, of Vienna, Ohio; and Jennifer Baer of Tenafly, New Jersey. She is also survived by her brother, Jack Boyd, and her sister-in-law, Margaret Boyd, of Syracuse, New York, and her sister-in-law, Catherine Boyd of Goshen, New York, as well as fifteen nephews and nieces.

Friends may visit with the family from 7-9 PM on Tuesday, November 14, 2017 at the Vander May Wayne Colonial Funeral Home, 567 Ratzer Road, Wayne.

An 11:30 AM Funeral Mass will be offered on Wednesday, November 15, 2017 at  Our Lady of Good Counsel Church, 155 West Parkway, Pompton Plains. (please meet directly at the church on Wednesday)

Interment will be in Christ the King Cemetery, Franklin Lakes. 

Guest Book


We will miss your mom's company at family events but will treasure the memories we all have of a most wonderful woman. Her love and kindness will not be forgotten.

Susan, Doug, Noah, Emily and Faith Vogel


Although I didn’t know your mom, I do know what wonderful sons she raised. I also know what it is like to lose a mother, and there is no loss comparable to that. You may not feel this way right now, but hopefully you will in time, come to realize that there is a certain comfort in death. Your mother’s fears and anxieties are gone. Your fears and anxieties for her are now gone. Silence replaces these concerns and in that silence is comfort. A sleep. A peace. I know the sadness you are feeling as well, but please know that sadness, too, is a comfort. It reminds you of what you had, of the love you felt, of the person you have lost, It will remind you that you were loved by your mother, as you loved her. It will also remind you that with and through her you have come to know better what love is. And while grief may linger for quite a while, its intensity will diminish and fade. But this grief shows that she is still with you, here and now, present. The greatest comfort is that we realize that death does not cancel love but transforms it, through memory, into an enduring presence. Your mom will be with you, always. My condolences, Debbie

Deborah Halbfoster


May I express my sincere condolences on the passing of a most beautiful, elegant and dignified lady. Peggy’s warm spirit and grace touched the hearts and minds of all those who were privilege to have been acquainted with her. She was as Anne of Green Gables would say a ‘kindred spirit’. Like Anne, she was a performing artist who also understood the philosophic purpose of an education. She leaves behind a legacy of love, benevolence, wisdom, and humanitarianism. In the words of Anne Shirley, “it's nicer to think dear, pretty thoughts and keep them in one's heart, like treasures.” Peggy will always be close to our hearts. She was that rare treasure at the end of colorful and magnificent rainbow. Her sparkling demeanor and fondness for her homeland will forever be reflected in the blue skies, rising sun, and the Celtic colors of the mountains and glens, of her beloved Cape Breton Isle. “The woods are lovely, dark and deep. She has kept her promises, and earned her sleep."

Dr. Lawrence (Lornie) MacDonald


Mrs. Baer, as I knew her, was a wonderfully funny and intelligent woman, who was so deservedly proud of her three sons, daughter in laws and grandchildren. She was loved and appreciated by many. May she rest in peace. Harley Breite

Harley Breite


Please know that our Heavenly Father will soon end sicknesses and death. That is his promise. Isaiah 33:24; 25:8; Revelation 21:3-5



Such a lovely lady! Going to really miss not seeing her this coming summer. God bless you all????????

Marilyn (MacDonald) Mackinnon


Robert, Bill, Richard and families,you've had such a beautiful, kind, intelligent and creative mother/grandmother who gave to you such longevity. She must make you feel so proud of her many accomplishments. She raised three wonderful and well educated sons - she was always so modest in speaking of your accomplishments but so proud. Thinking of you during this mournful time; you will not be alone in your mourning as so many will feel her absence but will be left with such great memories. The summer parties on her deck in CB.... she loved when all the relatives gathered there. I can so vividly remember our last gathering and I hope we have one in her honor someday; I'm sure her presence will be felt. How I wish I was closer to participate in the celebration of her life. You are in my thoughts and prayers!God Bless! Your cousin, Judy Rankin

Judy Rankin


Peggy was such a lovely person!! Our parents truly enjoyed her friendship all the years they lived in Packanack together and with the Packanack Players. She was very dear to our Mom when she was not doing well and was in and out of the hospital. Peggy always went out of her way to visit with her and make her smile and laugh. Our deepest sympathies to your family. She will be missed!

Jana Fuhrmann Mason


Mrs. Baer was a kind and loving person who always acted with the utmost propriety. She will be missed by all who were lucky enough to know her.

David Berry


To the Baer family, So sorry to hear of the passing of my dear cousin. I wish I was able to be with you but sending my thoughts and prayers. Love Jessie (Boyd)Tobin

jessie tobin


NewBob, Billy and Richard: My heartfelt thoughts go out to all of you. I think we all did our best to make your Mother as comfortable and happy as we could, and I know that she appreciated all that you three did for her every day. I have always had great admiration for the extraordinary bond that the four of you had. Nothing in life is more special than memories created by a loving family.

Steve MacQueen


I'm so sorry to hear of Peggy's passing. Peggy has been my dearest and closest friend since we meeting in 1935 while attending 8th grade at Holiday Spirit School in the Bronx. We then both attended high school at St. Nicolas of Tolentine in 1940. After graduating we both worked at an Insurance Co. in Wall Street. Peggy and I met our future husbands, both named Bill prior to them joining the Army and then the Air Force. After the end of the war we were engaged to our heroes, marrying within one month of each other in the summer of 1946. Even our birth dates were close: Peggy's May 13th and mine May 11th.From the very beginning of our first meeting our lives were pre-destined to be joined through the years. Our friendship has been eternal. We were always part of each other's lives. One day we shall be together again.

Kathy Cavanaugh

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