Margaret Mary Lelak

December 1, 1923 - October 8, 2016
Margaret Mary Lelak

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Margaret Mary Lelak, 92, of New Port Richey, passed away peacefully at Gulfside Hospice Care Center on Saturday, October 8, 2016. Margaret was born on December 1, 1923 in Brooklyn, New York. She is the daughter of the late James and Margaret Bedell.  She and her husband, Joe, relocated to Florida in 1989, coming from Long Island, New York.  Margaret was an avid gardener and enjoyed reading, cooking and craft-making, but the greatest joy in her life was her family.

Margaret is predeceased by her loving husband of 43 years, Joseph Stephen Lelak;  brother James Bedell; and sisters, Frances Fichtelman, Lorraine Levitt and Joan Patterson.

She is survived by her daughters, Alice (Darrel) Patterson and Kathryn (Brian) Green; brother, John (Johnna) Bedell; Sister, Valarie (George) Johnson; grandchildren, Joseph, Amanda, Tyler and Connor; great-grandchildren, Emma and Spencer.

A funeral mass will be held on Monday, October 17, 2016 at 10am at St. James Catholic Church, 8400 Monarch Dr., Port Richey.  Burial will follow at Florida Hills Memorial Gardens, 14354 Spring Hill Dr., Spring Hill.  Online Condolences may be made at  For those desiring, memorial contributions may be made to the Gulfside Hospice Care Center at or to the charity of your choice.


Monday, October 17, 2016
10:00 AM

St. James The Apostle Catholic Church - Directions
8400 Monarch Drive
Port Richey, FL 34668


Monday, October 17, 2016
12:30 PM

Florida Hills Memorial Gardens - Directions
14354 Spring Hill Dr
Spring Hill, Florida 34609
(352) 796-7080

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  • October 12, 2016
    Val and Ralph Johnson says:
    I remember when our Dad died. I was 9 and Marge had to tell me the sad news. How difficult for both of us. There were many happy memories gatherings at Marge and Joe's...Pop in for coffee and cake anytime...Her courage when Joe, her husband, lost his legs due to diabetes....She loved her family and they loved entertaining, especially her family. She loved to cook and was mother to all of us. We always looked forward to our weekly visits at Trinity Rehab. We will miss my dear sister but am full of joy that she is with God.

  • October 12, 2016
    Patricia Pells says:
    I will never forget going out to Bay Shore to visit Aunt Marge, Uncle Joe and Alice when my family still lived in Mill Basin. I usually packed an overnight bag in the hope that I would be allowed to stay overnight. Of course, Aunt Marge always said "yes" when Alice and I would ask her. Aunt Marge and Uncle Joe alway made everyone feel welcome, and I loved going there. For a short time, Aunt Marge worked at the IRS in Holtsville, NY, where she impressed many of my friends and co-workers with how elegant and professional she was. Aunt Marge was truly a great lady, and although I have not seen her in many years, she will be missed. I am sure my Dad is up there mixing a few Manhattans for the gang to welcome Aunt Marge to the party.

  • October 14, 2016
    Ruthie Bedell says:
    Some of my favorite memories is when my dad would have us get in the car after dinner to make a surprise visit to Aunt Margie & Uncle Joe's house. If one of us was learning how to drive at that time they would drive us out to Shoreham from Islip Terrace. The evening usually ended with everyone playing cards. She never was flustered and just went with the flow of the surprise visits and there were quite a few of them. She was always happy to have her family around. Kathy and Alice you and your families are in my prayers to help you through this hard time. All my love, Ruthie

  • October 25, 2016
    John Bedell says:
    I will always have special fond memories of my beloved sister Marge. There was a period of my life when I was very confused and unable to find myself, and at that time it was suggested that I finish high school and live with Marge and her husband Joseph, in BayShore. Marge they both welcomed me into their home, and Marge treated me like a son. I was able to get head around and really felt at home with them. Marge urged me to try new and different things and challenges and assisted me into a more mature young man. I was blessed to have received her guidance and love.