Margaret M. Pike
Margaret M. Pike
  • January 17, 1924 - May 8, 2017
  • Ardsley, New York

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Margaret Pike, a longtime resident of Yonkers and Ardsley-on-Hudson NY, died on May 8, 2017. She was 93 years old. Born to Patrick and Honora Mahoney in Cardiff, Wales on January 17, 1924, she moved with her family to New York as a young child and later returned to Cardiff where she attended St. Alban's Roman Catholic High School. In 1949 she came back with her family to the U.S. and eventually settled in New York. She is survived by her children: Claire Galimba and her husband John of Cloverdale, CA, Margaret PIke Wood of Irvington, NY, Ellen Pike and her late husband John Bruen of Leesburg, VA, and her daughter-in-law Alice Jordan of Irvington, NY. She is also survived by seven grandchildren: David Romero, Dylan Romero, Eugene Petracca, Danny Wood, Owen Bruen, Aine Bruen, and John Jordan Pike; as well as six great-grandchildren, three great-great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews, as well as her former husband John Pike and Sonia Dortch, Mrs. Pike's devoted home health aide of over 4 years. She was predeceased by her brothers Donald Joseph Mahoney and Patrick Joseph Mahoney, her son John William Pike, and her granddaughter Erica Romero. Mrs. Pike was a teacher and Adjudicator of Irish Dancing and the Performing Arts. She studied dance at the renowned Slocombe Academy in Cardiff and appeared in pantomime and musicals throughout Great Britain and toured with the ESNA concert groups entertaining the Armed Forces. Margaret Pike taught dance at Manhattanville College; and in the Yonkers, Bronxville, and Scarsdale public and parochial schools. Margaret had a studio for over 40 years and her students performed at Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, and Radio City. In recognition of her dedicated service to the youth of Yonkers, former Mayor Angelo Martinelli and the Yonkers City Council declared June 17, 1979 "Margaret Pike Day." She was honored as being one of the first women to be chosen as the Grand Marshall of the Yonkers St. Patrick's Day Parade. A member of the Dance Educators of America, Margaret was also a member of the Irish Dance Association and adjudicated many times in the All-World Irish Dance Championships. She spread the Irish dance culture to thousands of her students. Visiting hours will be at WHALEN AND BALL FUNERAL HOME, 168 Park Ave, Yonkers on Friday May 12 from 2-8 PM. The Funeral Mass will be on Saturday May 13 at 10:00 AM at the Monastery Church of the Sacred Heart, Yonkers with interment to follow in Sleepy Hollow Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in her name may be made to the Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of New York, 1011 First Avenue, New York, NY.
Whalen & Ball Funeral Home
168 Park Ave.
Yonkers, N.Y. 10703