CHARLOTTE, N.C.—Margaret “Peggy” Lorene Hedge Petruso, 78, passed away peacefully with her family at her side on Thursday, May 16, in Charlotte, N.C. She was born Dec. 12, 1934 in Max Meadows, daughter to the late Sherd and Georgia Helen Hedge. She grew up in nearby Pulaski.
A private funeral service and interment in the St. Matthew Garden will be held for the family at 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 22, at Forest Lawn East Cemetery in Matthews, N.C. The family will receive friends on Wednesday, May 22, from 3 to 7 p.m. in the Clubhouse at The Cottages, 12910 Dorman Rd., Pineville, NC 28134.
She is survived by her husband, Santo “Sandy” J. Petruso; a son, Jon Petruso and his wife, Dorcas, of Charlotte, N.C.; a daughter, Ann Bezner and her husband, Kevin, of Charlotte, N.C.; a brother, Carl Hedge and wife, Aline, of Lynchburg; a sister, Shirley Mulford and husband, Ron, of Hebron, Md. She was a much beloved grandmother and adored her granddaughters Alison Hege, wife of Alex, and Holly, Erin and Megan Petruso.
A 1952 graduate of Pulaski High School, she was a member of the Beta Club and the women’s basketball team. She was married on Aug. 16, 1958, at St. Jude Catholic Church in Radford, and First Pentecostal Holiness Church in Pulaski. Since 1983, she lived in Charlotte where she worked for Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools as a bookkeeper. She later became a licensed realtor and enjoyed assisting her husband in the family mortgage business. In retirement, she enjoyed sitting on her front porch with her beloved husband of 54 years, spending time with her children and grandchildren, hosting family and friends at the holidays, visiting with her friends at Quail Acres and more recently The Cottages, and visiting her home on Oak Island, N.C. She was known for her patient, gentle, quiet, optimistic, kind and caring spirit. A rare and loving soul, she always remembered the birthdays and special occasions in the lives of her family members and many friends. An avid reader, she was well-versed in current events and politics. She served on the social committee at The Cottages, and just prior to her illness had looked forward to becoming a classroom volunteer at a local CMS elementary school. She attended St. Matthew Catholic Church.
Memorials can be made to Charlotte Rescue Mission, P.O. Box 33000, Charlotte, NC 28233; A Child’s Place, P.O. Box 33302, Charlotte, NC 28233; Hospice and Palliative Care Charlotte Region, 1420 East 7th Street, Charlotte, NC 28204; or Levine & Dickson Hospice House at Southminster, 8919 Park Rd., Suite 100, Charlotte, NC 28210.
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