Obituary of Marguerite J. Edwards
Edwards, Marguerite. EAST GREENBUSH Marguerite Juliette Edwards (Peg), 86
years, entered into eternal rest on Friday, September 17, 2021, surrounded by her
Marguerite was born in Cohoes into a large French-Canadian family on January 25,
1935, to Elzear and Florence Pelletier. After graduating from Vincentian Institute
Catholic High School in Albany, Marguerite worked for the State Assembly. She fell
in love and was married to John Edwards of Chatham, NY in 1956.
Her marriage to John took her to Iowa for her husband’s education at Palmer
College of Chiropractic. Shortly after graduation, Peg & John returned to the Capital
District in 1959 to open Edwards Chiropractic Office. They settled in East
Greenbush, where they would stay for the rest of their lives. Edwards Chiropractic
was one of the first progressive health clinics in upstate New York and served the
suburban and rural communities of Rensselaer county until they retired after 52
years of continuous service.
Peg was often at the front desk welcoming new patients or in the back office
managing administrative and insurance tasks so her husband could focus on
clinical patient care. It was a true partnership.
Marguerite was a very active member of the Holy Spirit Catholic Community in East
Greenbush where her five children attended elementary school. She served for
many years as eucharistic minister at Sunday masses, sang in the choir, and served
on countless committees and fundraising events over her 50 years of service. Her
commitment to Catholic education included many years on the school board. She
especially loved the theater committee dedicated to introducing students to the
arts and music of the Capital Region. Peg also served on a special committee
dedicated to fundraising and building the expansion of Holy Spirit’s church back in
the early 1990s.
Peg was a founder of the Chiropractic Education Foundation; a non-profit focused
on providing scholarships for students attending university. Marguerite was also
President of the Women’s Auxiliary to the New York State Chiropractic Association
actively lobbying in Albany and Washington D.C. for insurance equality for
alternative care providers in the 1970s & 1980s. She succeeded in changing the
laws so chiropractic care would be covered by health insurance companies, workers
compensation and other federal and state benefit programs.
The family would like to express their sincere gratitude to her wonderful caregiving
team, Kim, Carrie, Eve, Summer and Robin, that has helped to care for Peg over the
past four years; and to the Community Hospice team for their guidance and
Marguerite is pre-deceased by her husband of 63 years John Edwards (2019). She is
survived by five sisters, Doris Bostock, Jeanne Lefebvre, Lucille VanBramer, Yvette
Winkler, and Helen Henderson; and two brothers Anthony & Raymond Pelletier; five
children, Thomas (Susan) Edwards, Timothy Edwards, PollyAnn (Chris) Coyne, Peter
Edwards, and Daniel (Xiao Li) Edwards; ten grandchildren, Nathan, Matthew,
Hannah, Carissa, Lucas, Kateri, John, Bryan, Nicholas and Aria; and eight great-
grandchildren, Mia, Chase, Savannah, Evelyn, Julia, Noah, Cole, and Isla.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend her calling hours on Wednesday,
September 22nd from 9-10 a.m. followed by a Mass at 10 a.m. in the Holy Spirit
Church, 667 Columbia Tpke., East Greenbush. Interment will be in Holy Sepulchre
Cemetery. Contributions may be made to the American Red Cross or the