4 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Monday, April 15, 2019, at
Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home in Lincoln
Rosary: 3:30 p.m.
Monday, April 15, 2019 at the funeral home
Tuesday morning at the funeral home from 9:30 a.m.
to 10:30 a.m.
11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, April 16, 2019, at Holy
Family Catholic Church in Lincoln
Margaret “Martha” Connor Peifer, 83,
passed away at her home surrounded by her loving
family on Thursday, April 11, 2019.
Margaret was born on July 29, 1935, in Joliet,
daughter of John Francis and Anna (McCauley) Connor.
She married Jack Henry Peifer on February 16, 1998,
Margaret was preceded in death by her parents,
infant brother John Francis Connor and brother
Charles P. Connor.
Margaret came to Lincoln in 1992 to be the
educational administrator at Logan Correctional
Center. She retired from Logan in August 2000.
Margaret was instrumental in erecting two Illinois
State Historical Markers – one for Langston Hughes,
the poet, and one for the Niebuhr Family of
Theologians. A bust of William Maxwell, the writer
from Lincoln, displayed in a prominent place in the
Lincoln Public Library, is also due to Margaret’s
Margaret was a Franciscan Sister from
1953-1989. She was an educator in Chicago, Joliet
and Ohio. She remained an associate of the
Franciscans until her death. She published her
autobiography “Nice To Meet Your Husband Sister
Martha” in 2007.
Margaret often said, “I came to
Lincoln for a job – and stayed for love.” She met
Jack Peifer in 1992 through his mother, who was the
blood sister of Margaret’s first Superior, Mother
Immaculate Buckstegge. They married in February
Services for Margaret will be 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday,
April 16, 2019, at Holy Family Catholic Church in
Lincoln, IL with Rev. Jeffrey Laible officiating.
Visitation prior to the service, will take place
from 9:30am-10:30am at Fricke-Calvert-Schrader
Funeral Home, Lincoln. An evening visitation will
take place from 4:00pm-8:00 pm on Monday, April 15,
2019, at Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home in
Lincoln. A Rosary service will be held at 3:30 p.m.
prior to the evening visitation. Burial will follow
the services at St. Mary’s Cemetery.
Memorial donations may be made in Margaret’s name to
Carroll Catholic School or Sisters of St. Francis in
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