Margaret A. (Axelby) Knowlton

Margaret A. (Axelby) Knowlton

WOLCOTT — Margaret A. (Axelby) Knowlton, age 89, passed away peacefully on December 23, 2021, at Waterbury Hospital.

Peggy, as she was more commonly known, was the beloved wife of L. Gordon Knowlton, III, for the past 62 years.

Peggy was born on October 23, 1932, in Thomaston, the daughter of the late Stanley and Alice (Gray) Axelby.

Peg attended local schools and was a proud graduate of the Waterbury Hospital School of Nursing. She worked as a registered nurse for more than 60 years, first at Waterbury Hospital in the nursery, and then for the Oakville Family Physicians, the late Dr. Joseph Czarsty and his son, Dr. Craig Czarsty. Peg truly loved her profession and looked forward to helping people every day.

Peg enjoyed a very full life. She and Gordon created wonderful and memorable family experiences for their children and grandchildren. Skiing, sailing, camping and trips to Disney World and the beach were among the highlights.

Closer to home, Peg enjoyed playing bridge with her lifelong friends, Pauline, Joanne, Sandy, and Marilyn. She could also be found tending her lovely flower gardens and watching the beautiful birds at her birdfeeder, especially the yellow finches.

Besides her dedicated and loving husband, Gordon, Peg is survived by her son, Scott G. Knowlton and his wife, Julie (Arvedon) Knowlton, of Natick, Mass., and daughter, Tara K. Prescott and her husband the Rev. Dr. Maner Tyson, of Wolcott. Most importantly, Peg’s memory will be honored and cherished by her four grandchildren, Aedan Knowlton, Megan Prescott, Neve Knowlton and Melissa Prescott, and her granddogs.

Per her request, a celebration of life will take place on Saturday, April 23, at the First Congregational Church, Waterbury. Burial will be private.

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In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made in Peggy’s memory to Waterbury Baptist Ministries, 222 West Main St., Waterbury 06702.

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