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Margaret N. (Nethaway) Bliss

September 13, 1931 ~ August 18, 2021 (age 89)


Middleburgh- Margaret (Peggy) Bliss of Middleburgh, Schoharie County, widow of the late Hon. F. Walter Bliss, died on August 18, 2021.

Born in East Cobleskill on September 13, 1931, Peggy was the daughter of Howard J. Nethaway and Mary Brester Nethaway.  The former Margaret A. Nethaway graduated from Cobleskill High School, Valedictorian of the Class of 1949.  She was employed briefly by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Bureau of Statistics, in Albany and thereafter as a legal secretary in the Schoharie office of the late Judge Bliss, a position she held for 32 years.  They were married for 25 years prior to his death in 1982.

After she was widowed, Peggy, long interested in traditional needlework techniques, owned and operated “My Needlepoint Boutique” in Middleburgh.  Her other interests were gardening (including the maintenance of her late husband’s extensive lilac plantation), research, local history and genealogy.  She belonged to and supported numerous Schoharie County museums and organizations.  For a number of years, she served as a member of the Board of Directors of Howe Caverns, Inc., and also served two terms as a lay member of the Committee on Professional Standards of the Supreme Court, State of New York, Appellate Division, Third Department.  A communicant of St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church in Schoharie she later, with her husband, attended the Middleburgh Reformed Church.

Peggy is predeceased by her parents; her brother, Robert Nethaway; her husband, Walter, and his daughters Janet Snyder, Margaret Berdan and Martha Grogan and granddaughter Margaret Grogan Friedman.  She is survived by her niece, Karen Allen, and her three sons, and her nephew, Robert Nethaway.  Peggy is also survived by Walter’s grandchildren: Jody Meinsma, Meg Corradino, Betsy DuPont, Jim Snyder, Walter (Buck) Berdan, Len Berdan, Bill Berdan, Patti Grogan, Maggi Royle, Sue deBruijn, Kati Baker, Kelli Grogan Brown, 20 great-grandchildren, 6 great-great-grandchildren, several cousins and her dear friend and sister-in-law Barbara Daring Amaral.

At Peggy’s request there will not be any funeral services.  Instead, she asked that people simply perform a random act of kindness or make a contribution to the charity of their choice.   

Arrangements are entrusted to Mereness-Putnam Funeral Home, 171 Elm St., Cobleskill, NY.

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