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Peggy (Knutson) Gross, 65, of Wausau and Alexandria, VA entered eternal life on March 26, 2013 surrounded by her family.
She is survived and will be dearly missed by longtime companion and fiancé Patrick McKeough; children Kevin (Kelly), Tim (Lori), Brian (Stephanie), Jeff (Tryn), Colleen (Fritz) Ebinger and Heather; 20 grandchildren; sisters Kathleen Knutson and Diane (Robb) Swenson and brother Ron (Nancy) Knutson. She is preceded in death by parents Edwin and Barbara Knutson and one granddaughter.
Born in Minneapolis on September 26, 1947, raised in Seattle, she returned to Minnesota and graduated from Bloomington High School and the College of St. Catherine. She has been a resident of Wausau since 1977. She earned a master's degree from the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh and spent most of her career in education, including many years at NTC. In 2004 she moved to Alexandria, VA to become Deputy Director of the Foreign Service Institute at the U.S. Department of State, while maintaining her home and activities in Wausau. At the State Department, she trained U.S. diplomatic officers and embassy staff for service to our country.
Always active, Peggy was involved in civic, volunteer and church activities in both Wausau and Alexandria. She loved travel and adventure, visiting all 50 states and more than 50 countries on 6 continents throughout her personal and professional life. She was a citizen of the world and will be mourned across the globe. Peggy was deeply dedicated to her family, crossing the country frequently to ensure she was at every family event. Her love for and devotion to family will be her enduring legacy.
Funeral services will be held at 3:00 p.m. Wednesday, April 3, 2013 at the Church of the Resurrection of Our Lord Jesus Christ (formerly St. James) 621 Second St., Wausau. Visitation will be from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, at the Brainard Funeral Home, 522 Adams St., Wausau and again from 2:00 p.m. until the time of service at the church on Wednesday. Interment will be Thursday, April 4th in Minneapolis.
In lieu of flowers, memorials to AAUW Educational Opportunities Fund. (http://ow.ly/jyWde)
Condolences may be given at www.brainardfuneral.com
Brainard Funeral Home and Cremation Center
522 Adams Street
Wausau, WI 54403
Published in the Wausau Daily Herald from Mar. 30 to Apr. 1, 2013