Peggy Sheley

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July 26, 1949 - Nov. 3, 2013
MISHAWAKA - Peggy Sheley, age 64, died on Sunday, November 3, 2013 in Brandenburg, KY after a 2 1/2 year battle with cancer. She was born Margaret Anne Freise on July 26, 1949 in Mishawaka, IN to Bill and Helen Freise, long time residents of that city. She attended Mishawaka public schools and then studied at Indiana University at South Bend. In 1970, she met and married the love of her life, a dashing young warrant officer, Michael Sheley and they moved to Ft. Rucker, AL where Mike was stationed. After a tour in Viet Nam, they settled in Mishawaka, but divorced in 1977. At that time, Peggy started her insurance career, first in customer service and then in sales. It was to be a very rewarding job for her that she sincerely loved. She opened her own agency, Reinke Insurance Services in 1981 until it was sold to Valley Insurance (now TCU Insurance) where she subsequently worked for 17 years. During those years, Peggy was very involved in the community and served on a number of boards, including Holistic Counseling Center (formerly Samaritan Center), the Downtown Mishawaka Association, FIRE, Inc, (Families Involved in Rehabilitative Environments), and 4 C's, (Community Coordinated Child Care). She was active in Mishawaka politics, serving as a precinct committee person, active in Mishawaka Republican Women and served on the Mishawaka Commission on the Status of Women. She was a member of Professional Insurance Agents and Independent Insurance Agents of America and also was a Certified Insurance Counselor. The highlight of those years though was following her sons, David and Chris, through their educational, sporting, and social endeavors and they gave her great joy throughout her life. In 2003, a miracle happened, and Michael Sheley re-entered her life. They remarried on their original wedding date, November 7, in Las Vegas, NV and moved to Houston, TX. Although Peggy cherished her friends and life in Mishawaka, she never looked back and the next ten years of her life were full of travel, adventure, laughter and love. Because Mike was in the US Army Reserves, they were able to travel extensively, around Texas, Louisiana, Florida, Alabama, Tennessee, Arizona and finally, Mike was offered a Homeland Security mission at Ft. Knox, KY which was to last one or two years. After three years on that job, Mike and Peggy both agreed they loved Kentucky and bought a home there. Peggy is survived by her husband Michael, sons David (Michele) Reinke of Maplewood, NJ and Chris Reinke of Ft. Wayne, IN., stepchildren Scott Sheley, Ashley (Nathan) Kilgore, Samantha Sheley and Victoria Sheley. Grandchildren include James Reinke, Will Reinke, Spencer Kilgore, Owen Kilgore and Noah Davidson. She is also survived by her sister Judy (Tom) Miller of Green Valley, AZ. She was predeceased by her parents, Bill and Helen Freise, her brother Jim Freise and her sister, Betsy Smith. She is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews including Julie Kavas of Granger, IN. She would like to thank the oncology department at Norton Health Care, Brownsboro Road, especially Dr. Mary Gordinier, Sibyl Cagata and all the oncology nurses that took such loving, kind care of her the past year during treatment. A special thanks for Donna Prather, a loving friend in Brandenburg and Linda and Denny Demers, whose gifts, cards, calls, emails, prayers and good wishes were so appreciated these past years. And the biggest thank you to Michael Sheley, who took such total care of Peggy during this trying time, never griping, always encouraging but also understanding when just a sympathetic ear and hug was needed. Funeral Services will be held at Bruington-Jenkins-Sturgeon Funeral Home in Brandenburg on Saturday, November 9, 2013 at 1:00 P.M. with Deacon Mike Jones officiating. Visitation will be held Saturday morning from 11:00 A.M. to the time of the service. Online condolences may be left at www.bjsfunerals.com.
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Bruington-Jenkins-Sturgeon Funeral Home
205 High Street Brandenburg, KY 40108
422-2115
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Published in South Bend Tribune on Nov. 6, 2013
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