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Freeborn, Margaret E. February 22, 1933 - March 27, 2024

Date of Funeral

April 7, 2024

Margaret “Peg” Evelyn Freeborn, 91 of Allamuchy, NJ passed away on Wednesday, March 27, 2024 in her home surrounded by her loved ones. Born in Allamuchy, NJ, Peg was the daughter of the late H. Stanley & Nellie Polhemus Kirby.

Peg was a lifelong resident of Allamuchy.  She lived her happiest life being the wife of a farmer, married to the late Lawrence “Pete” Freeborn for 52 years prior to his passing 17 years ago. She is survived by three children: Cathy Gurba, Larry Freeborn & Susan Zukoski & husband Charles. She was a devoted grandmother of nine beautiful children; Stephen & and the late John Gurba, Megan Gurba Gaynor, Jessica, Zachary and Rebecca Freeborn, Erin Freeborn Lytle and Taylor & Lauren Zukoski. She was also a proud great grandmother of seven; Stephen, Molli, Emma, Brenton, Reagan, Brayden & Kennedy.

Peg was one of ten siblings and is survived by a sister, Martha Valentine and sisters-in-laws Sandra & Judith Freeborn and several nieces and nephews.

Peg graduated from Hackettstown High School in 1951 and retired as an administrative assistant for the Allamuchy Board of Education, serving for over 30 years. The love for her family and community was never ending, always giving more than receiving and taking care of many. She was a dedicated 4-H sewing club leader, a teacher to many, and an active member of the Tranquility United Methodist Church. Peg was known for her cooking and baking skills, was an avid gardener and loved watching birds, especially looking forward to welcoming the return of her hummingbirds every year.

A period of visitation will take place on Sunday, April 7th at the Tranquility United Methodist Church, Kennedy Road, Tranquility, NJ from 1pm to 4pm. Funeral services will take place immediately after the visitation at 4pm in the church with Pastor Rich Peter officiating. Interment will be in the Tranquility Cemetery, Tranquility, NJ.

Memorial donations may be made to the Tranquility United Methodist Church, 2 Kennedy Rd, Tranquility, NJ 07879. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the Cochran Funeral Home, 905 High Street, Hackettstown, NJ. 07840. Online condolences may be offered to the family at


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    Washburne Wright says

    Miss Peggy what a wonderful person. Her lose ends an era. An era of old Allamuchy. She raised a wonderful family and supported her community . Peace be with you Miss Peggy, peace be with you. Pete has looked forward to your arrival.

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    Christina Hadgkiss Gleason says

    So sorry for your loss. May you all find comfort in cherishing all the wonderful memories. Condolence to the family. God bless.

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    Linda says

    I can’t think of Aunt Peg without having happy childhood memories. She had become a 4-H leader and started teaching me (and others) to sew, around 1960, when I was just 7 years old. Thanks to her patience, I was able to make my prom dress, formal dresses, my wedding dress, casual clothes, and even clothes for my babies. She also encouraged me to make messy “surprise” birthday cakes for my parents in her kitchen. I’m sure all of my generation of Kirby’s and Freeborns family will fondly remember the Memorial Day family picnics that she and Uncle Pete held at their home on the hill. Sometimes, she would take me with her as she took fresh jars of coffee and lemonade to Uncle Pete as he worked in the fields on hot summer days. I remember her gardens with the colorful gourds.

    I could go on, but the bottom line is that Aunt Peg was a sweet blessing in my life and will be forever remembered.

    Thank you, Aunt Peg and I am sure that God blesses you.

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    Barb White says

    What a beautiful life, beautiful picture ,beautiful family and beautiful tribute. My condolences to the family.

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    John Cafarella says

    What a wonderful woman. So many great memories from the memorial picnic each year. So much fun. She loved having everyone over. Love you Aunt Peg

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    Joyce Ort.Berninger says

    Deepest sympathy to the family, from the Berninger family. She lived a glorious life.❤️🙏🏻

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    Sandy Staulcup says

    Condolences to.Cathy, Larry, & Sue as well as to her grandchildren and extended family. I have such fond memories of Aunt Peg growing up and frequent visits and stays at her and uncle Pete’s home. Always there was lots of activity and people stopping in for morning coffee or lunch. Many fond memories of the Memorial Dat picnics as well. She was a great lady and touched so many lives. She will be missed.

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