Margaret Barney Rhoads Savka, age 86, also called Wig, Maggie and of course Mom and Grandma, passed away peacefully in her sleep on July 25, 2017. She was born on February 2, 1931 in Corning, New York.
Margaret was a beloved mother, and an energetic and creative person. She loved to dance and party. Margaret was generous and very kind to those people in her realm. She was a talented hairdresser and delighted everyone she knew with her sense of humor and giving nature. Through her last days she was cheerful and helpful to her co-residents at the Elcor Nursing Facility.
She is survived by her children: Rodney Rhoads, Rita Rhoads-Maury, Ruth Rhoads, and Randy Rhoads; sisters: Erma Blank and Betty Stermer; brothers: Paul Barney; sister-in-law, Larae Barney; grandchildren: Jaime, Dusty, Corey, Kerry and Jody Rhoads, Tara Rhoads-Cornell, Ambrosia Rhoads, Gregory and Christopher Rhoads, Mathew and Jesse Maury, Shawn Kowerko Speicher and Mike Kowerko. Margaret also leaves behind great-grandchildren numbering ten, numerous nieces and nephews, and the father of her children, Ronald Rhoads.
Margaret was predeceased by her parents; Carl and Minnie Barney; sister, Arlene Rhodes; son Steven Rhoads, and her beloved husband John Savka.
Private services will be held at the convenience of the family.
In lieu of flowers the family has requested donations be made to the Alzheimer's Association, 3005 Watkins Road, Horseheads, New York 14845.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Carpenter's Funeral Home, 14 E. Pulteney Street, Corning, New York 14830.