Peggy Garito, an administrative assistant at the Institute for Human Development, died on Wednesday, April 28, 2010. She was 58.

She was born on Oct. 25, 1951, in Dumont, N.J., to Casey and Louise Carlevaro.

Mrs. Garito held various jobs throughout her lifetime, including in the medical field and at NAU’s College of Education in the Educational Psychology department. She was an active and long-time member of NAU’s Classified Staff Advisory Council.

“Peggy has served as a dedicated advocate for Classified Staff during her service on the Classified Staff Advisory Council,” said Heather Farley, president of the council. “She was always quick to respond to challenges with a constructive idea and a ‘can-do’ attitude that made her absolutely invaluable to our organization.”

In 1998, Mrs. Garito and her daughter, Theresa Rogers, a coordinator for NAU’s Curriculum and Academic Administration, graduated from Coconino Community College together. Mrs. Garito was known for her humor, love and tenacity. She was a member of the San Franscisco De Asis Parish.

Mrs.Garito is survived by her husband, Tom Garito; daughter Theresa Rogers; two grandchildren; sister Ronni (Barbara); and her parents, Casey and Louise Carlevaro.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to Olivia White Hospice Home, P.O. Box 997, Flagstaff, AZ 86002.

Condolences may be left for her family at norvelowensmortuary.com.