Margaret "Peggy" Pijan (1954 - 2016)

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As the Northern Lights shone in a cold clear sky on February 17th, 2016, Margaret (Peggy) Pijan, of Juneau, Alaska, passed to a heavenly garden to work with the greatest gardeners of all.

Peggy was a very strong, caring, and loving person. To have known Peggy was to have known a little heaven on earth.

Peggy was born in Milwaukee, WI, on May 3rd, 1954. She later moved with her parents to Wausau, WI. She attended Wausau East High School, where she met her husband David Pijan. Together they began their rich journey through life, a life which led from New Mexico to British Columbia, and finally to Juneau. There she and David worked side by side, as painters and landscape gardeners. She became a master gardener and a connoisseur of roses, specializing in historical roses. She always enjoyed passing her knowledge about the plant world to others. Music also was special to Peggy & Dave, she as a harpist and David as a piper. She was a member of the Seatone Harpers in Juneau.

Peggy loved the wilderness. She had spent many years living in the bush in Northern British Columbia. She was drawn to the idea of how to let the wildest of places exist in harmony with the beauty of a formal garden. Over the past few years she and David were immersed in the creation of a home and extensive gardens on land in Icy Straights. This was a lifelong dream of theirs, now taking form.


Peggy was preceded in her passing by her parents, Clarence and Ruth Poeske; and David's parents, Leonard Pijan and Vernette Dobberstein Pijan.

She will be sadly missed by her husband of 41 years, David, her Collie Holly, and outspoken African Grey Parrot Wally; her aunt, Hertha Werner, of Edgar WI; cousins Susan, of Madison WI, John, of Wausau WI, and Jerry Werner, of Wausau WI; David's sisters, Nancy Pijan, of Wausau WI, and Susan Brisch, of Brooksville FL; and David's brothers, Leonard Pijan, of Wausau WI and John Pijan, Wausau WI; her many nieces and nephews; and innumerable friends.

Her family would like to send a special thank you to the nursing staff at the medical-surgical floor of Bartlett Regional Hospital, and to Hospice and Home Care of Juneau, for their compassionate care in Peggy's final hours.

As the first spring blooms begin to appear, Peggy is still there, looking out with you, whispering answers to your garden questions, just as she always was. Open your mind, and your heart, and she will be there.

A Celebration of Life will be held at Northern Light Church on Saturday, March 19th, from 1:30 to 2:30. Reception to follow in The Fellowship Hall adjacent to the church.The Celebration of Life will be followed by a potluck at Dixie Belcher's at 1991 Hughes Way, Juneau, AK, 99801.
Published in The Juneau Empire from Mar. 6 to Apr. 5, 2016