Margaret Alice (Kowalski) Goodrich R.N., 87 of New Britain passed away peacefully at Maple View Manor in Rocky Hill after a strong and courageous battle with kidney disease. Born on Aug 25, 1935, to Stephen and Ione Kowalski, Peggy grew up in New Britain and returned to her childhood home to care for her mother for many years until she passed in 1995. Peggy stayed in the family home and helped care for her sister Barbara, until she moved to Mercy Knoll, she visited and ran errands often for Barbara until her passing in 2021.
After High School Peggy entered a three year program at St. Francis to earn her RN degree and cared for many during her years at Doctor’s offices, the Church Home in Hartford and later at Seabury Retirement Community, in Bloomfield, managing the clinic, before retiring. She was recognized for her skills and compassion with the Nightingale Award for Excellence in Nursing in 2007.
Peggy loved being at the beach, growing flowers and tending to the feral cats in her neighborhood. She enjoyed spending every Saturday, for years, with her daughter Laura and granddaughter Mackenzie. Her favorite annual events were the trips to the beach and lunch at Abbott’s in the Rough for a lobster roll and steamers.
Peggy was predeceased by her parents, sister and son Stephen. She Is the beloved mother of Laura Sweet and her partner Jason Cole of Newington, Arthur Goodrich and wife Theresa of Portland, and Keith Goodrich of New Britain. She also leaves her beloved grand daughters, Mackenzie Beebe of Newington and Kaylee Volinski and her husband James as well as her two adored great grandchildren James and Andrew all of Plainville. Peggy also leaves a son Gregory and granddaughter Lily, of Mabank, TX. She will be dearly missed by her long time friend, and partner in crime, Nancy Horne of Ellington.
There will be no calling hours. A memorial and celebration of her life will take place on August 26, 2023, at 2:00 pm at the home of her daughter, Laura, 234 Cherry Hill Drive, Newington, CT. Please wear bright colors to the celebration.