AUBURN — Marguerite (Marge) Pyhtila, 91, passed away peacefully March 4, 2018, with her loving family by her side.

She was born in Auburn, on Oct. 20, 1926, to the late Robert and Irene Corgnell Warren. After graduating from East High School, Marguerite completed her education at Elmira College where she met and married Paul J. Watts, deceased. As a young Air Force wife, she lived in post-World War II Germany, traveled Europe and much of the USA, returning to New York state to raise a family (Auburn, Baldwinsville).

Marguerite worked as an executive secretary until 1972 when she married Walter Pyhtila (deceased) and moved to Van Etten, N.Y.

As a woman of faith, she always joined a congregation where she was living, volunteered her secretarial skills for the church bulletins, attended Bible study, and participated in the life of the church. When she returned to Auburn in 2001, she joined Westminster Presbyterian Church and found a loving family who had showered her with attention these past few years.

Marguerite leaves her daughters, Barbara (Joel Weirick) Bowen, Cindi (Tom) Braunmueller, and Karyn (Dave) Mazzeo; grandchildren, Jon Bowen, Keith (Bre Grant) Braunmueller, Laura (Colin) Walsh, Jaime Mazzeo, Paul Weirick, Julia Braunmueller, and Eric Mazzeo; great-grandchildren, Liam Walsh, Della Braunmueller, Connor Walsh, and Grant Braunmueller; stepchildren, Martha (Jim) Bailey, John Pyhtila (Karen), Jean Berkley, Suzanne Pyhtila, Wayne Pyhtila, and Ellen (Daryl) Cooper; several step-grand- and great-children; nephew, Mike Warren; niece, Peggy Cooper, as her legacy of love and kindness.

She shared her gifts of easy laughter and a ready smile with everyone she came in contact with. She surprised us all by knowing the words to all the “oldies,” bringing smiles to the faces of her friends and caregivers with her songs.

A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, March 8, in Westminster Presbyterian Church, 17 William St., Auburn.

The family suggests that in lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Westminster Presbyterian Church, 17 William St., Auburn, NY 13021, or to the Calvary Food Pantry, 90 Franklin St., Auburn, NY 13021, in memory of Marguerite Pyhtila.

Langham Funeral Home LLC, 75 East Genesee St., Auburn, is in charge of arrangements.