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Margaret “Peg” Love Slaven

  • On April 27, 2020

Margaret “Peg” Slaven, died peacefully in her sleep at Friendship Village, in Upper St. Clair, Pa., on April 24th, 2020, at the age of eighty-four. She was the fourth child of six born to Howard Love and Margaret Hastings Love. Born and raised in Aspinwall, Pa., she is survived by her brothers Dave and Jim, and sisters Adelaide and Janis. Her older sister Ruthie passed away in 2013.

She was married to John Jacob Slaven of Altoona, Pa., who died in 1999, and with whom she had two sons ; John Sterne Slaven ( 59 ),  who lives in New Jersey, and Jonas Drew Slaven ( 53 ), who lives in Atlanta, Ga., with his wife Lauryn, and their two daughters – Katriel and Kiera.

Peg was an adored figure, a woman of extraordinary kindness, and someone who remained quite active and energetic until nearly the end. She was a graduate of Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania where she met her husband, the two of them moving as a young couple to New York City in the late 1950’s.She would then spend the next sixty years in that area – mostly in Bergen County New Jersey, where she lead a spirited life that included both raising a family, and later returning to school to earn a master’s degree as a speech therapist.

She was a teacher, a gardener, a voracious reader and in her later years an author of several books of fiction herself. Peg possessed a unique and extremely patient temperament, needed in the training of the many dogs she raised and loved over the years.

A fixture within her spiritual communities – most notably, Saint Paul’s Episcopal church in Englewood, New Jersey,  she both attended services, and also volunteered as an usher, member of the altar guild, and for many more tasks and committees over her nearly fifty year association with the church. Since relocating back to the Pittsburgh area last summer, she had begun attending Saint Paul’s church in Mount Lebanon.

Due to the frantic and quarantined nature of the world presently, a date for a memorial service(s) has not yet been set.  This was a wonderful and generous woman, about whom no one ever had a harsh word.



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Joanne Giorgio-Chapleau
  • Apr 28 2020
A beautiful tribute for an amazing beautiful woman. Peggy was the most wonderful neighbor to my family for so many years and especially helping my Father during his time of illness. She will be so missed. Sending my prayers and support to the entire family and all her friends which are so many.
Kerry Zona
  • Apr 28 2020
Dearest Stern, Drew & family of Dear Peg’s, We have such fond memories of Peg as our beautiful neighbor for so many years. Peg, was so warm, sincere and kind to all of us. A treasured friend. Whom will be forever missed. Sending an abundance of love and prayers to all. Blessings, Angela Hickey, John, Kerry & Families.
Cathy Deats
  • May 5 2020
I was a priest at St. Paul's, Englewood NJ, where Peg was a faithful, active member. She was a special person with a strong sense of serving and sharing. Peg was not afraid to ask difficult questions of faith and life. My favorite quality of hers was her sense of humor, which cheered me many times as we enjoyed a snail mail correspondence for many years, until she moved from Demarest. May she rest in peace!
Stanley Lokko
  • May 6 2020
Peg, oh Peg, a fixture at St. Paul's in Englewood. Who else is left to comment on my "infective smile". I will always miss you for all your kind words. Rest in perfect peace.