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Love of music, children motivated handbell ringer

| Friday, Oct. 19, 2012, 9:51 p.m.

Peggy McNamee's love of music and her concern for abandoned or neglected children took her on two occasions to the orphanages of Romania.

Earlier this year, Mrs. McNamee, a noted handbell ringer, traveled to Romania with the Trinity Jubilee Singers to teach youngsters to play handbells, said her husband, Bill McNamee.

Peggy Tadder McNamee of Kilbuck, chair of Area II, American Guild of English Handbell Ringers, died of cancer on Saturday, Oct. 6, 2012, in UPMC Passavant in McCandless. She was 64.

During the two weeks of their mission, Mrs. McNamee concentrated on helping teach 17 children the art of handbell ringing, which she thought would help them achieve some degree of self-esteem when they got older, her husband said.

“Peggy also joined other bell ringers to help a nurse practitioner in the medical clinic, where they passed out hundreds of eyeglasses for both children and adults,” he said.

Born and raised in Bellevue, Mrs. McNamee was one of six children in the family of Charles and Hilda Treefelner Tadder. She was a 1966 graduate of Bellevue High School.

Mrs. McNamee was employed by the insurance brokerage firm of Malachy Whalen & Co. for 46 years.

Her career as an organist began at an early age in Trinity United Methodist Church, and it continued at Forest Avenue Presbyterian Church in Bellevue and Bellevue Central Methodist Church.

She was the music coordinator at Trinity United Methodist Church and chair of Area II, American Guild of English Handbell Ringers, secretary and treasurer of the North Hills Handbell Festival and past president of the Pittsburgh chapter of Presbyterian Association of Musicians.

In addition to her husband, Bill, whom she married in 1975, Mrs. McNamee is survived by her children, David McNamee of Maryland and Katie McNamee of Kilbuck; her siblings, Joann Miller of Coraopolis, Lynda Tadder of Georgia, Judy Stein of South Hills, Gwen Adams of Kilbuck and Charles Tadder of Ohio; and two grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday in Trinity United Methodist Church, 530 Center Church Road, McMurray.

Arrangements are being handled by Orion C. Pinkerton Funeral Home Inc. in Avalon.

Jerry Vondas is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-320-7823or jvondas@tribweb.com.

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