Margret J. Friedrich, PhD
Margret (Peggy) Friedrich, my soul mate, love of my life, lost her
battle with cancer at 12 noon on April 27, 2021. She was loved and adored by
her family, friends, and the RHS community. When Peggy was on your side, as
your friend or counselor, she was a fierce advocate, always ready to help.
All of us will miss her kindness, tenacity, and warmth.
Peggy was born in Baltimore, Maryland on June 4, 1947, the daughter of
the late Joseph Cohen and the late Judith Roisman. Shortly, thereafter,
Peggy moved to Philadelphia, PA, then to Lower Marian, PA. She graduated from
Harritan High School in June of 1965. Peggy chose to enroll in the
School of Education at the University of Miami, eventually obtaining her
masters in Guidance and Counseling, becoming a Licensed Drug and Alcohol Counselor,
and then successfully completing her PhD in Addiction Counseling.
Peggy and I met on Rosh Hashanah in 1966 while attending University of
Miami. We were set up by friends who believed that we were perfect for
each other. I guess they were right. We were married on May 16, 1971, in
Philadelphia, PA. Our journey together actually began at Temple Beth
Sholom , Coral Gables, FL. but became official on a rain-soaked Saturday
evening in May.
The years pass too quickly. Peggy was employed as a guidance counselor
in January 1970 at Ridgewood High School. Then came David, our first born,
Marc, three years later, and Samantha, came along 4 years after that.
Peggy completed her PhD and was invited to Washington, DC by First Lady, Mrs.
Regan, obtained recognition and awards for her accomplishments and
innovations in student assistance. Her writings were selected to be in
the Library of Congress. Peggy retired in June 2017 after 47 years. She was
very proud of her development of the Peer Counseling group for students at
Peggy always put her family first, but her students were a close second.
As a guidance counselor, her door was always open, and she was always
there with friendly advice, a warm smile, and, if needed, a warm hug. She never
talked down to her students but listened as equals and was a true friend.
Whether it was school, home issues, substance abuse, or just needing a
shoulder to cry on and someone to listen to, she was there for you.Heaven
help you if you crossed her family or students; she was tenacious and the best advocate to have in your corner.
There is nothing she wouldn't do for you. I can't tell you how many times I have heard her students say that
they wouldn't be here today without her love and support, or that without
her, they would never have made it to college or simply make it through
school. She was dedicated to her job, family, and students and would do anything
for you. One of her favorite things to do was on Valentine's Day, calling her
students to her office for a kiss, a Hershey Kiss, but she used to love
seeing the expressions on your kid's faces. Yes, that is what she called
her students, her kids. She was a loving, warm, generous, beautiful woman
who would do anything for you no matter how big or small. She will be missed
by all who knew her.
Covid-19 was/is a nightmare, but fate granted us over a year together in
our Westhampton beach house. It was only us, two . Binge watching our
favorite movies and shows, old and new, going outside for walks together and
swimming together; we considered it a lucky pandemic, as it gave us time that we
would never have had together.
Before her death, while in the hospital, she wrote a letter to us asking
us not to mourn her but rather celebrate her life: a great productive life,
with unconditional love, helping her students through difficult times,
loving me with all my faults, loving and protecting her children and
grandchildren. A fine soul mate, friend, and counselor has been taken
from us. Thank G-d for vivid memories.
PLEASE REMEMBER a pleasant time with Peggy, say a prayer, and remember a
Peggy is survived by her loving husband, Jay Friedrich, beloved children,
David Friedrich, Marc Friedrich, and Samantha Steinmacher, son-in-law
Glen Steinmacher, adored grandchildren Walter, Anais, and Elsa Friedrich, and
Joseph Steinmacher, cherished stepmother Marion Cohen and stepsister
SERVICES are scheduled for Friday April 30th at 11:00am at Robert
Schoem's Funeral service link **Please make sure to mute yourself once connecting!**
Menorah Chapel, W-150 Route 4 East, Paramus; internment will follow at
Menorah Cemetery at 614 Passaic Avenue in Clifton, NJ.