Born: March 9, 1922; in Geneva
Died: Oct. 23, 2013; in Elgin
ELGIN – Meredith Ann "Peggy" Lohs, 91, of Elgin, passed away peacefully Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013, at Sherman West Court, Elgin, surrounded by family and friends.
Peggy was well-known and loved by many for the warmth of her smile, her kindness, her positive spirit, her enthusiasm for life, her love of animals, and, mostly, for her love of family. She was independent, fun-loving, indomitable and full of grace. She lived her faith daily and was an inspiration to family and friends her entire life.
Peggy was born March 9, 1922, in Geneva, to George and Helen (nee Faitz) Marshall. She graduated from St. Charles High School and attended Cornell College. She was united in marriage to Cliff Lohs on Nov. 22, 1944, in Ft. Myers, Fla., in an Army Chapel shortly before his Air Force division was deployed to Germany.
Peggy and Cliff were very happily married for 66 years, enjoying 25 years together in retirement, until his death in 2010. Together, they enjoyed their large extended family, friends, nature, music and racing sailboats on Lake Geneva. In 1973, they built their vacation home in Door County, where they spent many very happy hours with both new Door County friends and old friends from Elgin.
Peggy was the oldest girl of eight children and helped raise her youngest siblings after the death of her mother in her teens. As an adult, she "mothered, cuddled and nurtured hundreds of children" through her work as secretary at Lincoln and Channing Elementary Schools, as nursery school teacher
at Epworth United Methodist Church, and as a volunteer at the Community Crisis Center of Elgin.
Peggy is survived by her three children, David (Beverly) of Eden Prairie, Minn., Gary (Connie) of Elgin and Janet Lohs (Wayne Mroz) of Inverness; two grandsons, Nathan of Hershey, Pa., and Ethan of Elgin; as well as Nathan's wife, Sally. Also surviving are siblings George "Bud" (Barbara) Marshall, Barbara Anderson, William (Phyllis) Marshall, Joan (Dave) Olson and Jack (Dottie) Marshall (St. Charles). She also is survived by many nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents and husband, Peggy was preceded in death by her stepmother, Alene; brother, Robert Marshall; and sister, Nancy Fischer; brothers-in-law Chet Anderson and Warren Fischer; and her mother- and father-in-law, Louise and Harry Lohs.
A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2, at Epworth United Methodist Church, Elgin, with the Rev. Mark Jacobs officiating. Luncheon will follow.
The visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 1, at Wait Ross Allanson Funeral and Cremation Services Chapel, 51 Center St., Elgin. Burial will be private.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be dedicated to Epworth United Methodist Church, Elgin, or the Community Crisis Center of Elgin. For Information, call 847-742-2100 or visit www.lairdfamilyfuneralservices.com