Peggy Cihla, 69, of Rincon died Monday, March 24, 2014 at home surrounded by family after her battle with lung and bone cancer.
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She was born Margaret Elaine (Peggy) Kilpatrick, a feisty, Irish woman with red hair, on Oct. 15, 1944. She met the love of her life, Joe Cihla, while he was serving in the U.S. Air Force. They married when she was 19 years old in 1964, entering into their 50th year of wedded bliss this year. The couple settled in his hometown of Lonsdale, Minn., where they had five children in eight years, three boys and two girls.
Peggy went to college after her fifth child was born, first becoming an LPN, then a registered nurse. She started her nursing career at Mala Strana Nursing Home in New Prague, Minn., before working at the Veterans Affairs Hospital in St. Paul, Minn., for more than 20 years. And never missing a parent-teachers conference as well as helping to shuttle five kids to various sporting and extra-curricular events.
Peggy Cihla also served in the military as a first lieutenant in the U.S. Army Reserves, called to active duty to serve her country during the first Gulf War in 1990-91.
Peggy and her husband Joe relocated to Effingham County in 2004, where she was employed at Memorial University Medical Center in Savannah and Coastal Carolina Hospital in Hardeeville until her retirement in 2009. Her love, hard work and endless sacrifices were always for her family, which she put first, and cherished until the very end.
She is survived by her husband of 50 years, Joseph; her children, Rick (Kim) Cihla of Hastings, Minn., Doug (Denice) Cihla of Rincon, Connie (Vic) Lundquist of Rincon, Mike Cihla of Savannah and Paula Cihla of Springfield; her six grandchildren, Shawn and Andrew Cihla, Danielle and Samantha Lundquist, and Michael and Lisa Cihla; her step-grandchildren, Brandon, Glenn and Michelle Doan; and step-great-grandchild, Carter.
The funeral mass was held Friday, March 28, at 10 a.m. at St. Boniface Catholic Church.
Interment was in Effingham Memorial Gardens.
The family would like to thank the nurses and staff at the J.C. Lewis Cancer Pavilion, as well as the wonderful care of Dr. Jennifer Yannucci and Dr. Douglas Mullins. And thanks to the medical care she received at St. Joseph's and Candler hospitals.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that a donation be made in the name of Peggy Cihla to the J.C. Lewis Cancer and Research Pavilion in Savannah.
Published in Effingham Herald from Apr. 2 to May 2, 2014