Margaret M Small

Oct 26, 1924 - Feb 20, 2011


Margaret Claire Small
| Margaret “Peggy” Small Had Diverse Interests Reading, gardening, sewing, cooking, and running a successful construction company for nearly 50 years were some of the diverse interests of Margaret “Peggy” Small of Fair Oaks, CA. She passed away on Sunday, February 20th, 2011 from complications Lewy Bodies Dementia after having battled this disease for 4.5 years. She was 86 years old. Margaret “Peggy” McClelland Small was born in 1924 in Phoenix, Arizona to Alvin James McClelland and Georgia Sigler McClelland. “Peggy” was extremely intelligent. She graduated at age 16 from Sacramento Senior High School in 1941. She was the class valedictorian. She then went on to Sacramento City Junior College and finally transferred to UC Berkeley as a junior. She majored in chemistry and then switched to zoology. On Valentine’s Day in 1944, she became engaged to Samuel Frank Small of Sacramento. They married on January 6, 1945 in Providence, Rhode Island after he graduated from Naval School and became an Ensign. When he returned from going overseas during WWII, they both moved to Austin, Texas to attend the University of Texas. Sam studied Civil Engineering and Peggy continued to study zoology. In 1944, they returned to Sacramento to be near both sets of parents. Their first daughter, Susan Claire, was born in April of 1948. Their second daughter, Sally Margaret, arrived in July of 1951. Sam started his own construction company with his friend Otto Wunschel in 1958. Soon, Peggy joined them to become the office manager for Wunschel and Small Inc. This company completed many major projects in California and Nevada for nearly 50 years. Spending so much time together, Sam and Peggy became very close. When Sam passed away on May 23rd, 1994 from a sudden heart attack, Peggy’s whole world changed. She went ahead and got a contractor’s license so she could finish the jobs their construction company had yet to finish. Otto Wunschel, Jimmy Wunschel, and Peggy continued to bid jobs until they closed their company in 1997. Then, she began to volunteer in her daughter Susan Schlossberg’s kindergarten class at Abraham Lincoln Elementary School. For 6 years, Peggy helped children learn letters, numbers, sounds, etc. In her free time, she grew plants, read books, sewed, and played with her dog Katie and her cat Lucy. Sadly, she fell in August 2004 and broke her hip. Then, in October of 2006, she became very ill with Lewy Bodies Dementia. Survivors include Peggy’s daughter Susan Schlossberg and her husband Jere Schlossberg of Folsom, her daughter Sally O’Brien and her husband Kevin O’Brien of Stateline, Nevada, her brother Scott McClelland and his wife Patty McClelland of Camino, California. Four grandchildren include Lisa Byrd of Folsom, David Schlossberg of San Luis Obispo, Heather O’Brien of Reno, and Holly O’Brien of Reno. Any remembrances in her name would be appreciated. She valued the work of the local S.P.C.A.of Sacramento. Services February 25 2011 2:00pm at East Lawn Memorial Park 43rd & Folsom Blvd. Sacramento, CA 95819. See guestbook on

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East Lawn Memorial Park
43rd Street & Folsom Boulevard
Sacramento, CA
US 95819

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