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Margaret Joy Swingle

March 5, 1947 — August 27, 2021

Margaret “Peggy” (Dvonch) Swingle

March 5, 1947 – August 27, 2021

Margaret “Peggy” Dvonch was born in New York, New York to Frederick and Mara Dvonch. She
graduated from Carleton College in 1968 and married Larry Swingle. She moved to Bainbridge Island in
1975 and made her home there for the rest of her life. Over her 40-year career as a Suzuki piano
teacher she taught hundreds of students in Seattle, on Bainbridge Island, and internationally. She was
active in the Suzuki Association of Washington State, training other teachers, serving in leadership roles,
and founding a statewide program to recognize students’ achievements. Her second passion was
training her sheltie dogs in agility and she was very active in the statewide agility community. Peggy
passed away peacefully after a long illness, surrounded by loving family. Peggy’s wife, Marilyn Miller,
preceded her in passing in July 2021. Peggy leaves behind three children and four grandchildren as well
as countless Suzuki piano students and teachers who will carry on her legacy of music. To honor Peggy’s
legacy, the family has established a statewide annual award for inspirational teachers through the
Suzuki Association of Washington. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to SAWS, “Swingle
Memorial Fund” in the memo, c/o Sharon Wherland, 7015 152 nd Ave NE, Redmond, WA 98052.

Arrangements are entrusted to the Cook Family Funeral Home of Bainbridge Island, WA.

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