Margaret H. "Peggy" Lanz, a retired educator, died Saturday at Bristol Village in Clarence after a brief illness. She was 86.
The former Margaret Round was born in Birmingham, England. She got engaged to James M. Lanz during World War II and came to Buffalo in 1946 to get married.
The couple lived in North Buffalo and raised seven children.
Mrs. Lanz received an associate degree from Villa Maria College and earned her bachelor's and master's degrees in elementary education and reading at Buffalo State College.
She worked as a librarian at Diocesan Prep Seminary from 1967 to 1972; a library aide in Buffalo schools from 1973 to 1978; and a teacher at the Buffalo State learning lab from 1980 to 1983.
Mrs. Lanz was a professor of humanities at Trocaire College from 1983 to 1991, when she retired.
Mrs. Lanz was a fixture in North Buffalo, until moving to the assisted-living facility in Clarence four years ago. She gave children piano lessons for many years and loved to paint, sew, knit and quilt. She was a longtime member of St. Rose of Lima choir.
In 1986, Mrs. Lanz was featured in a Buffalo News story, "This 43 Year Love Story Began in the Midst of a War."
Her husband, James, died in 2005.
Survivors include three sons, David J., John C. and James C; four daughters, Margaret L. Puzio, Helen R. Duchene, Katherine A. Dupra and Mary Patricia Campbell; and a brother, John Round.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Newman Center, 495 Skinnersville Road, University at Buffalo North Campus, Amherst.
Burial will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery, Town of Tonawanda.