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Margaret E. “Peg” Broekel

Margaret E. “Peg” Broekel, 89, wife of the late Rainer "Ray" Broekel, died peacefully on Thursday, January 2, 2014 at the Miriam Boyd Parlin Hospice Residence in Wayland of cancer.  She was an Ipswich resident for forty-seven years, and had moved to the Parlin Residence near her daughter in Natick on Christmas Eve.

Born on October 3, 1924 in Jacksonville, Illinois, she was the only child of Ellen Ratliff and Jess McNeely. She received a degree in Elementary Education at MacMurray College.  She married Rainer “Ray” Broekel in 1944. 

During WWII Peg taught in more than twenty school systems throughout the U.S. and subsequently at the Doyon School in Ipswich followed by the Brookwood School in Manchester, from which she retired in 1990.  She cherished her memories of students, faculty and staff. 

In 1956, she moved to Middletown, CT, where her husband was an editor at “My Weekly Reader, affiliated with Wesleyan University.  They moved to Ipswich in 1967, when Mr. Broekel became editor of the children’s division at the Addison Wesley Publishing Company.  After his death in 2006, Peg moved into Cable Garden Apartments in the community she loved.

Peg enjoyed working summers at Crane’s Beach, relished her days as a docent for the Trustees of Reservations at Castle Hill, and volunteering at the Ipswich Public Library, Ascension Memorial Church, The Ipswich Visitor’s Center and Ipswich Museum and more.  She traveled throughout the U.S., maintaining special relationships with friends in Illinois.  She held dear memories of times with family in Germany.  She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother, who lived independently after Mr. Broekel’s passing with the assistance of her kind companions and in spite of the challenges of macular degeneration.  

She leaves her daughter,  Peggy Broekel and son-in-law Matthew Rovner of Natick; son Randy and Christine Endicott of North Conway, N.H.; and grandchildren Leah Rovner of Brookline, Harry Rovner of Natick, and Lindsay Broekel of New Bedford. 

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, April 5, at 1:30 pm at Ascension Memorial Church, 31 Country Road, Ipswich. Her family will host a reception immediately following the service at the church.  Arrangements are by the Whittier-Porter Funeral Home of Ipswich.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Friends of the Ipswich Public Library, 25 N. Main St., Ipswich, MA 01938 or to the Parmenter VNA and Community Care, Inc., 266 Cochituate Road, Wayland, MA 01778, the company that operates the Parlin Hospice Residence.


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