YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Margaret “Peggy” M. (Vrancic) Byce passed away peacefully Thursday at her home, with her loving family and friends by her side.
She was born July 7, 1923, in Poland.
Her parents, Peter and Anna Vrancic; brothers John (Elizabeth), Peter, and George (Betty) Vrancic; and sister Ann, are deceased.
She leaves her niece and childhood best friend, Betty Prevac.
She married Michael S. Byce on Nov. 27, 1947.
They raised seven children in a home they completely renovated on the north side of Youngstown, Ohio on Elm Street, Gloria, Michael (Debbie), Carol, David (Cindy), Mark (Betsy), Tim (Jean), and Jeff (Lisa).
It was a great place to grow up with a wonderful Mom and Dad!
She leaves eight grandchildren, Kimberly (Trent) Beers in Columbus, Ohio, Michael Jon (Brittani) in Columbus, Patrick, Megan in Youngstown, David, Sara Jean, Brian, and Breanna in Pittsburgh; and one great-grandchild, Averie in Columbus, OH.
“She will always be loved and cherished by all of us, including her many nieces and nephews.”
Margaret lived at home with exceptional loving care from Gloria, Carol and the rest of her children.
Margaret was a fantastic mom and the most selfless person, always thinking of everyone around her.
She worked hard her entire life to insure everyone was loved and looked after.
She instilled a work ethic that propelled all of her children to be successful.
She was known for her exceptional baking skills. Her strudel, koloche, clothespin cookies and other favorites are always the first to go at church events.
Many will remember the days she provided these fabulous treats for weddings and holidays.
As word spread she was overwhelmed with requests and at times baked all night. She never missed a deadline.
Marge enlisted the help of her children and husband, Mike to hand-grind walnuts.
She was very inventive, using a blow dryer to speed the drying process for her strudels.
“We all recall the many trips with Dad to locate the best deal on butter, flour and sugar.”
A lifetime member of Sts. Peter and Paul Church, she was in the Daughter’s Club for many years.
She would join her club at 2 a.m. to start cooking food for the famous chicken dinners.
She learned how to drive while in her 40s and worked with Rose at Kravitz Deli, who was a lifelong friend.
Margaret loved to garden. She would prepare fantastic meals using fresh vegetables. She made fantastic strawberry jam and pepper sauce.
To all of her friends and family, if you wish to make a tribute in her name to the animal rescue Friends of Fido in Youngstown, Ohio that will be most appreciated, but not requested or necessary.
Calling hours will be from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday at the McVean, Hughes & McClurkin Funeral Home, 711 Wick Ave., Youngstown, OH 44505.
A church service will be at 1:30 p.m. Monday at St. Peter and Paul Church. There will be prayers at 1 p.m. Monday afternoon at the McVean, Hughes & McClurkin Funeral Home prior to the church Mass.
Following burial at Calvary Cemetery, please join the family for a Bereavement Luncheon at Sts. Peter & Paul reception hall