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MARGARET (PEGGY) THEIS Margaret (Peggy) Theis died unexpectedly on January 5th of natural causes. She is survived by her husband of 66 years, Robert - four children: Bob Jr. of Osprey, FL, Margot Raven Hanton of Charleston, SC, Paula Theis Smith, Ithica, NY and Nancy Katherine Weed of Franklin, MI. She enthusiastically loved her eleven grandchildren and great grandson. While raised in Philadelphia, she was born 1925 in Evansville, Indiana. Since 1971, she and her husband have lived in Syracuse, NY and Vero Beach, Florida. Peggy graduated from Duke University in 1947 where she majored in Political Science and was a member of Alpha Phi sorority. She attended the Ogontz School in Rydal, Pennsylvania before attending Duke. She had a lifelong interest in the arts and while living in Syracuse, served on the boards of WCNY National Public Television, Syracuse Symphony, Everson Museum of Art and Syracuse Stage theatre. In 1985, she received the Syracuse Woman of Achievement Award for Cultural Development. She was an early board member of the Vero Beach Museum of Art. One of her biggest joys (other than her dogs) was studying theatre in London for eleven years with a group of like- minded friends. She kept every Playbill from the many shows she attended. These were catalogued and organized for any references she or friends wanted to reminisce about. Her library of Playbills comprised of 550 shows that she attended during her life. Her collection was recently gifted to the Riverside Theatre. Peggy always found time for volunteer work and enjoyed her eleven years of being a Pink Lady at the Indian River Medical Center. She was a member of Onondaga Golf and Country Club of Syracuse, NY and in Vero Beach, Florida, the Moorings Club, Quail Valley River Club, and Oak Harbor Club. Her favorite golf trophy (for bragging rights) was winning the Grandmother Tournament at the Onondaga Golf Club. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Holy Cross Catholic Church, in Vero Beach, FL at 10:00 AM, Saturday, January 12th. A reception for family and friends will immediately follow the service at the Quail Valley River Club. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Indian River Medical Center Foundation, 1000 36th Street, Vero Beach, FL 32960. A memorial service is planned for this spring in Dewitt, NY. An online guestbook is available at www.strunk funeralhome.com. Paid Obituary
Published in the TC Palm on Jan. 8, 2013