Peggy Menzel, 88, of Hartland, passed away on Saturday, March 5, 2022 at the Valley Hi Care Center in Hartland surrounded by her family.
She was born Margaret J. Hallisy on February 26, 1934 in Hartland Township to John C. and Helen (Bourey) Hallisy. With an abundance of Margarets in the extended Hallisy family, she soon became known as Peggy, and Peggy it would be for the rest of her life. She married Richard J. “Dick” Menzel on July 4, 1953 at St. Mary Catholic Church in Woodstock.
Peggy was a lifelong member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church of Hartland. Being the wife of a fireman, she was a member of the Woman’s Auxiliary of the Woodstock Rural Fire Department, and would provide the men with food and drink while they were on scene. She worked as bookkeeper for the family-owned Skelly Service Station in Woodstock.
Upon retiring, Peggy and Dick bought a summer home in Pioneer Park near Wisconsin Dells. They spent many years hosting family gatherings, 4th of July Anniversary cookouts and summertime fun for the grandkids. Their lifelong friends Joe & Mary Ellen Burg and Jim & Carol Baker also had places at Pioneer Park so they could all enjoy their retirement together; sharing memories and gin and tonics!
Peggy was an avid reader, making frequent trips to the Woodstock Library to find a good "whodunnit" or murder mystery to solve. She loved listening to music every morning, enjoyed watching her game shows and always kept an eye on the weather forecast to make sure family around the country was safe and sound. Weekends were for watching whatever sports event Dick may have on. Cubs, White Sox, Bears, Bulls, Blackhawks, Green Bay Packers or Notre Dame's Fighting Irish...she watched them all!
She is survived by her children, Terry (Pat) Menzel of Woodstock, Donna Menzel O’Brien of St. Paul, MN.; grandchildren, Elizabeth (Joshua) Rowe, Shannon O’Brien, Patrick O’Brien, Mark (April) Menzel, Katie (Scott Dubay) Menzel, Kelly (Mike) Brinkman; great grandchildren, Connor, Hunter, Parker and Tayler Menzel, Landon and Makenzie Rice, Logan, Nolan and Reagan Brinkman and Natasha O’Brien; cousins, Mary T. Hallisy and Michael Hallisy; and many beloved nieces and nephews.
Peggy was preceded in death by her parents, and a daughter, Diane M. Schreiber in 2018.
Visitation will be held at St. Mary Catholic Church, 312 Lincoln Avenue Woodstock on Thursday, March 10, 2022 from 9:00 am until the Funeral Mass at 10:30 am in the church. Interment services will be private in the Calvary Catholic Cemetery in Woodstock.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to either the St Mary Church Guardian Angel Fund, or St. Patrick’s Church Religious Education Fund.
The family would like to thank the nurses and staff of Valley Hi and Journey care Hospice for all their tender care.
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The Guardian Angel Program of St. Mary Catholic Church
312 Lincoln Avenue, Woodstock IL 60098
St. Patrick's Catholic Church - Hartland
15012 St. Patrick Road, Woodstock IL 60098