Obituary for Margaret Sugden
Margaret “Peggy” Anne (Zukowski) Sugden, 66, beloved wife of Joseph H. Sugden, Jr., died peacefully Wednesday morning at her home in Newtown, with members of her loving family by her side. She was born in Bridgeport April 27, 1944, daughter of the late Henry and Matilda (Rovnak) Zukowski.
Mrs. Sugden attended St. Charles School in Bridgeport and graduated from Notre Dame High School in 1962. She began attending St. Vincent’s School of Nursing shortly thereafter. Following her graduation from nursing school, she worked as a nurse at St. Vincent’s Hospital for several years, prior to her marriage in 1968 to the friend she had known since her high school days.
The couple lived for two years in Bridgeport before moving to Monroe in 1970. A few years thereafter, they built their home on Rowledge Pond in Newtown, where they have since resided. Working weekends to clear the land themselves, they oversaw the construction of their home together.
In succeeding years, Mrs. Sugden devoted all of her time and energy to raising their four children, regarding that job as her first priority and the most precious of missions. Later, her grandchildren were the beneficiaries of her affectionate nature and enthusiastic attention. A natural extension of her devotion to family was her love of all living creatures. She never lost an opportunity to rescue a wounded bird or raise a forlorn rabbit, much to her children’s delight.
As the children grew, Mrs. Sugden resumed her career in nursing, working for the next 17 years at Ashlar in Newtown, where she realized her care-giving instincts and skills by assisting her elderly patients.
In addition to her husband of 42 years, Mrs. Sugden leaves behind four children and their spouses: Pamela Sugden of Stratford, Jennifer and Matthew Sokolowski of Seminole, Florida, Amy and Matthew Briand of Monroe, and Joseph and Mary Beth Sugden of Oxford; a brother, Robert Zukowski of Shelton; a sister, Elaine Kendrick of Sun City, Arizona; six grandchildren: Ethan, William, Ella, Jack, Alice and Sarah; and several nieces and nephews.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in St. Rose of Lima Church, Newtown Saturday March 12, 2011 at 10:00am. Interment will follow in Gate of Heaven Cemetery, Trumbull. Friends may call in the Honan Funeral Home, 58 Main Street, Newtown Friday from 5:00pm to 8:00pm.
Contributions in her memory may be made to the Connecticut Humane Society, 701 Russell Road, Newington, CT 06111.