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A Wetzel and Son Obituary for:
Margareta R. Diebold
July 11, 1937 - March 27, 2023

Public Events and Locations

Viewing - Saturday, April 15, 2023, 9:00 to 10:00 AM at Elkins Park Presbyterian Church, Elkins Park
Funeral Service - Saturday, April 15, 2023, 10:00 AM at Elkins Park Presbyterian Church, Elkins Park
Graveside Service - Saturday, April 15, 2023, 11:15 AM at Lawnview Cemetery, Rockledge


Funeral Home - Wetzel and Son Funeral Home - 419 Huntingdon Pike, Rockledge, PA 19046 - 215-663-8550 - Map
Clergy - Elkins Park Presbyterian Church - 234 Cedar Road, Elkins Park, PA 19027 - 215-887-2544 - Map
Cemetery - Lawnview Cemetery - 500 Huntingdon Pike, Rockledge, PA 19046 - 215-379-1600 - Map
Family Florist - Penny’s Flowers - 263 North Keswick Avenue, Glenside, PA 19038 - 215-884-9130 - Map
Donation - Elkins Park Presbyterian Church - 234 Cedar Road, Elkins Park, PA 19027 - 215-887-2544 - Map
Donation - Charity of the donor’s choice

Margareta Rose Diebold, known to many as Marge, passed away on Monday, March 27, 2023, at the Philadelphia Protestant Home (PPH) after prolonged illness. Margareta was 85, born in the Bronx, New York, on July 11, 1937. Margareta and Gerard have lived at PPH for about two years.

Marge was the oldest daughter of William & Margaret Sosath (nee - Wandel). She is the beloved wife of 65 years to Gerard J. Diebold (Gerry); mother of John Diebold and his wife Becky; Margery Maile and her husband Ed; Erica Diebold and her wife Karen; grandmother of Tiffany, Natalie, Brandon, Kristen, and Bradley; great grandmother of Carter. Margareta's younger sister Eleanor preceded her in death.

Marge was born, raised, and educated in the Bronx, NY. As a child, she enjoyed family vacations with her cousins in Michigan. After graduating high school in 1955, she continued her education at the Mountainside School of Nursing in Montclair, New Jersey. During Nursing school, friends knew her as Peggy. Marge worked as a registered nurse at the Hillcrest Nursing Home in Spring Valley, NY, until retirement.

Marge and Gerry met through family friends in the Bronx. They raised their kids in the NYC suburb of Spring Valley, NY. They spent most of their family vacations camping in the Catskill and Adirondack Mountains. Marge ensured her kids followed their dreams and encouraged them to think independently, be proud of their accomplishments, and choose their desired paths. She ensured all her children could participate in activities such as music, dance, and scouting, even if it meant little time for herself. Marge was also an active leader in the girl scouts and volunteered wherever she could help.

After retiring, Marge and Gerry moved to Jane Road in Rydal, PA, in 1997 and became active members at Elkins Park Presbyterian Church. They volunteered and organized activities with the Keenagers. Marge and Gerry took a much-needed and enjoyable vacation cruise to Alaska. They also joined their adult kids and grandkids at many destinations , including Hawaii, Grand Canyon, Sedona, and the Smoky Mountains. Marge especially enjoyed that time with her family and traveling to places she always wanted to see.

Her friends and family will miss Marge. She was kind, generous, caring, and compassionate, always ready to lend a helping hand or listening ear. Her adult kids had such a wonderful mom they could rely on to help out and just be there to listen unjudgmentally, even with difficult conversations.

On Saturday, April 15, 2023, relatives and friends were welcome to join the viewing from 9:00 to 9:50 A.M. and the funeral service by Rev. Cynthia Betz-Bogoly starting at 10:00 A.M. at Elkins Park Presbyterian Church, 234 Cedar Road, Elkins Park, PA 19027. Her graveside service followed at Lawnview Cemetery, 500 Huntingdon Pike, Rockledge, PA 19046.

Instead of flowers, donations can be made in her memory to Elkins Park Presbyterian Church or another charity of your choice.

Penny's Flowers will arrange the family flowers.

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