After a protracted battle with breast cancer, Margaret “Peggy” Ruth Cianciola died on June 4th, 2018 in Phoenix, AZ at the age of 63. She leaves behind her husband, Nate Cianciola; her daughter, Natalie Cianciola; and her son, Nicholas Cianciola. Peggy also leaves behind two energetic grandkids, Giada Belle and Vincenzo Joseph Cianciola.
Peggy was born on February 21st, 1955 in Spokane, WA, to father Bernard Leon Murphy Jr. and mother Bettie Ruth, who both predeceased her. She grew up in a large, Irish family with seven sisters, two brothers and numerous nieces and nephews around the country. Peggy married upstate New York native, Natale “Nate” Joseph Cianciola on July 8th, 1979.
In college, she enrolled in a bowling class and the rest is history. Peggy was a driven professional, dedicated to the sport and promotion of bowling but also shared a love for romance novels and collecting Santa Claus figurines. After being diagnosed with breast cancer in 2016, she remained dedicated to the sport of bowling as league secretary of multiple leagues and director of the annual Arizona 600 Club tournament. On Monday, May 28th, 2018 Peggy was inducted into the Metro Phoenix USBC Bowling Hall of Fame for Meritorious Service. She remained a brave, iron-willed woman, even throughout her final months.
A memorial service to celebrate the life of Margaret “Peggy” Cianciola will be held on July 7th, 2018 from 11:00 am - 2:00 pm at AMF Deer Valley, 2902 West Thunderbird Road. Phoenix, AZ 85053. In lieu of flowers, the family is asking for monetary donations to the newly created Peggy Cianciola Memorial Scholarship Fund.