WILLOUGHBY, OH (WOIO) - Family and friends are mourning the loss of a beloved member of their community.
Margaret Kostelnik, known as Peggy, was found shot to death in her home on Ravenna Road Monday afternoon.
Peggy grew up in Willoughby and worked for the city for more than 20 years.
Her death is a huge loss for the close-knit town.
The phone is still blinking in Peggy Kostelnik's office where her desk sits empty just down the hall from the mayor's office.
"Just a big smile and a 'good morning,' that's how I remember her," said Mayor David Anderson.
Peggy was Mayor Anderson's assistant. She started working for the city of Willoughby 27 years ago as the airport secretary.
"Peggy was an exemplary employee and she cared so much about the job she did and the people that she served," Anderson said.
"So many people, we've known each other since childhood. It's that kind of community. That's what makes it so difficult."
Peggy's husband Bill has also worked for the city for more than 20 years. The mayor says Peggy was an animal lover who was good with people, even when the job was difficult.
"Peggy always did it with compassion, she did it with class, she truly cared. It will be a tremendous loss for all of us," Anderson said.
The city brought in grief counselors for employees on Tuesday.