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
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.