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A Wetzel and Son Obituary for:
Margaret H. Leighton
November 13, 1933 - July 8, 2022

Public Events and Locations

Visitation - Friday, July 15, 2022, 10:00 to 11:00 AM at Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Church, Hilltown
Funeral Mass - Friday, July 15, 2022, 11:00 AM at Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Church, Hilltown
Entombment - Friday, July 15, 2022, 12:30 PM at St. John Neumann Cemetery, Chalfont


Funeral Home - Wetzel and Son Funeral Home - 501 Easton Road, Willow Grove, PA 19090 - 215-659-0911 - Map
Clergy - Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Church - 100 Broad Street, Hilltown, PA 18927 - 215-822-9224 - Map
Cemetery - St. John Neumann Cemetery - 3797 County Line Road, Chalfont, PA 18914 - 215-822-0680 - Map
Family Florist - Beth’s Flower Boutique - 369 Easton Road, Horsham, PA 19044 - 215-672-8901 - Map
Donation - Alzheimer’s Association Delaware Valley Chapter - 399 Market Street, Suite 250, Philadelphia, PA 19106 - 215-561-2919 - Map

The following obituary was composed by Margaret’s family:

Margaret H. "Emma" Leighton of Quakertown, Pennsylvania died Friday, July 8, 2022 surrounded by her beloved family. She was 88 years old. Emma was born November 13, 1933 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, daughter of the late James J. Hannigan and the late Catherine M. Hannigan (nee - Sullivan). She was the beloved wife of the late Benjamin F. Leighton, Jr; mother of Joanne Leighton, Paul Leighton and his wife Stephanie, Meg Tracz and her husband Michael, Patty Bashaar and her husband Matt, Chris Green and her husband Jim Fields, Beth Shields and her husband Michael, Amy Schwartz and her husband Ken, and the late Greg Leighton and the late Tim Green, Sr; grandmother of 20; and the great grandmother of three. She is also survived by her sister Regina Beiderman, as well as many nieces and nephews.

Em was from a large family, born 10th out of 11 children. She was a graduate of Little Flower Catholic High School for Girls and continued her education at Immaculata University where she earned her Bachelors in Education. After graduation, she taught second grade before she and Ben started a large family of their own. It was in first grade where she met Ben Leighton. They started dating in eighth grade and shared their life together for almost 70 years. Ben and Emma were married on July 20, 1957 in Lafayette Hill, PA. They raised their family in Willow Grove from 1964 until 2003 when they moved to Quakertown to devote their lives to their children and grandchildren. She loved working in her beautiful yard and gardens. Best of all, she was a caring and loving mother and grandmother.

Relatives and friends were invited to her visitation on Friday, July 15, 2022 from 10:00 A.M. to 11:00 A.M. and Funeral Mass at 11:00 A.M. at Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Church, 100 Broad Street, Hilltown, PA 18927. Her entombment followed at St. John Neumann Cemetery, 3797 County Line Road, Chalfont, PA 18914.

Religious services were conducted by Rev. Michael J. Pawelko, pastor of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Church.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her memory to Alzheimer’s Association Delaware Valley Chapter, 399 Market Street, Suite 102, Philadelphia, PA 19106

Family flowers arranged by Beth’s Flower Boutique 215-672-8901.

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