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Peggy Jean Banta

September 11, 1956 ~ September 11, 2019 (age 63)

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Peggy Jean Banta, our beloved sister and niece, passed away on September 11, 2019 at

home. Peggy was born on September 11, 1956, at the hospital, Sidney, to Jean Anderson

Banta and George D. Banta III.

Peggy grew up on the family farm in Unadilla Center, the third of four children. She attended

Unadilla and Unatego schools, graduating in 1974. After graduation, Peggy remained at home

to help her mother with the bookkeeping for the farm. With the decline of her mother’s health,

Peggy became the primary bookkeeper as well as caregiver for her mother, and later, her


In 2011, Peggy was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. Through eight years of surgeries,

chemotherapies and other medical procedures, Peggy continued to care for her dad and uncle

at home. Banta Bros. dairy farm ceased operation at the end of 2012, and Peggy cared for her

dad until he passed in 2015. Peggy considered family most important in her life, and was both

loving and generous.

Peggy enjoyed going to antique shops with her mother and sister, collecting old postcards,

vintage Halloween items, and anything with cats. She was also a dedicated fan of the rock

band the WHO.

Peggy is survived by two brothers, Clifford (Veleda) Banta and Randy (Victoria) Banta, both

of Unadilla, one sister, Connie Marcus, of Utica, and her special uncle, Richard Banta, at home.

Also surviving are her niece, Barbara (Don) Pierce, nephews, James (Diana) Banta, Gabriel

Marcus, and Thomas Banta, aunt, Jane Winchester, several cousins, and good friends, Joanne

and Don Rickard.

Peggy was predeceased by her parents, her cousin, Judy Rose, who with her husband, Fred,

supported Peggy and Connie during Peggy’s initial surgery, and her very special cat, Texas.

The family would like to thank Drs. Kathleen Laveaux and Danielle Knight; FNP Patty Jacob;

nurses Brenda, Teresa, Regina, Becky, and Sara; also Judy, Gayle, Brenda and all of the many

support staff at Bassett Cancer Institute in Oneonta for their excellent care and compassion.

Another thank you to Hospice staff who supported us during Peggy’s final days.

There will be no calling hours. Online condolences may be made through the

Westcott-Madden Funeral Home of Unadilla, ( A private graveside service will be held at the

family’s convenience.

Donations in Peggy’s memory may be made to Catskill Area Hospice or the Unadilla Food


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