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, (www.wmaddenfh.com). A private graveside service will be held at the
Donations in Peggy’s memory may be made to Catskill Area Hospice or the Unadilla Food
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