Margaret Anne “Peggy” (Johnson) DeBrandt passed away suddenly on April 12, 2014.

She was born on September 10, 1935, in Hazleton, Pennsylvania, the oldest daughter of William and Catherine (Brandau) Johnson. She graduated from Hazleton High School in 1953 and from Sacred Heart Hospital School of Nursing in 1956.

Peggy married Robert F. DeBrandt of Philadelphia, PA. in 1962, and had two daughters, Julie and Amy. She worked as a bedside nurse for her entire career, raising her daughters in the Philadelphia area and then in New Orleans. She returned to Philadelphia in 1992 to work and enjoy her granddaughters until her retirement in 1999.

She had recently moved to Madison. Peggy had a wide range of interests in the arts and was always one to stay up on – but not necessarily to follow – the latest fads. She loved to dabble in hobbies and activities – and when she dabbled, she dabbled well. Peggy loved to read mysteries, solve crosswords, and watch PBS Masterpiece Theater. She had a wonderful and eclectic collector’s taste, and her children and grandchildren knew there was no place decorated quite like Nana’s. She followed her own muse, and everyone loved her and will remember her for that.

Peggy was preceded in death by her parents. She is survived by her sister Pauline (Jack) Pesda of Berlin, N.J.; her daughters Julie (Chip) Hunter of Madison and Amy (David) Scarcliff of Theodore, Ala., and granddaughters Olivia and Allison Hunter of Madison. She is also survived by nephews John (Jackie) Pesda and Bill (Michelle) Pesda, great-nephew Leo Pesda and great-niece Katie Pesda; and cousin David (Beth) Ringlaben and family.

Family and friends will gather to remember her later this year in Philadelphia.

Contributions in her memory can be made to the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.