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Margaret Brownworth Venuti, age 86, a recent resident of Smithtown, NY, died on Saturday, December 2, 2017 at St. Catherine of Siena Hospital in Smithtown, NY.

Margaret was born to Margaret Bain MacFarquhar and Frederick Stanley Brownworth on April 12, 1931 in Mount Vernon, NY.

In 1949 Margaret Brownworth and Anthony Venuti were married in Salome, Arizona and within a few years moved to Lindenhurst, NY where they raised their family.

Margaret is survived by her son Michael Venuti (Joy Nyman) of Altamont, NY and daughter Diane Venuti (John Sherdon) of Amityville, NY; granddaughters Jennifer Garcia, Erica Milburn, Kimberly Venuti, Sara Sherdon, 6 great grandchildren and sister-in-law Linda Venuti.

Margaret is predeceased by her husband Anthony Venuti, her brother Frederick Brownworth, and companion William Haff.

Margaret moved to Copiague, NY in 1994 and resided there until early 2017. In 1996, Margaret became a part of the Foster Grandparent program in Amityville School District. For five years, she assisted a teacher, Cheryl Jones, and brought joy and happiness to the many children that she worked with. It is from this that the name "Grandma Peggy" came to be. Margaret then worked at the Lindenhurst Junior High School from 09/2001 to 02/2015 as a school aide, a job of which she enjoyed and was very proud. With declining health, she moved in January 2017 to the Smithtown Center for Rehabilitation & Nursing Care in Smithtown, NY.

Margaret's love, courage and independence provided her family with a source of strength and guidance.

Service and visitation will be at the James Funeral Home at 540 Broadway, Massapequa, NY, 11758. Hours of visitation are Monday, December 4th, 2 - 4 pm & 7 - 9 pm. For additional information please contact James Funeral Home at 516-541-4000. Margaret's final resting place is Pinelawn Memorial Cemetery in Farmingdale, NY.

The family asks that in lieu of flowers to please consider an "in memory of" contribution to the Alzheimer's Association. Contributions may be made online at, by phone 800-272-3900 or mail Alzheimer's Association, P.O. Box 96011, Washington D.C. 20090-6011.