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Margaret Lucile Abel

(March 11, 1939 - October 26, 2014)

Margaret Lucile Abel, better known as Peggy, died in her sleep on Sunday, October 26, 2014 at the home of her daughter in Rye, New York, where she had been living for the past two years. Peggy suffered for over thirteen years from a rare degenerative neurological disease, which left her in a wheelchair, unable to move on her own. She was 75.

Born to Margaret Flynn Shearman and James Arthur Shearman on March 11, 1939 in Paris, Ohio, Peggy was the youngest of seven children. The family moved to South Bend, Indiana where Peg attended Darden School and Washington Clay High School class of '57 where she was the editor of the Minutemen Yearbook, a member of the National Honor Society, Class Officer and Debate Club Sectional Finalist. Additionally, Peggy was a member of the vocal trio, "Joy Bells" which took second place in the National Youth for Christ competition winning a scholarship for college. The trio recorded two singles.

During her senior year in high school, Peggy met and fell in love with her husband of 54 years, Frederick Charles Abel, Sr. Since Fred was graduating from the University of Notre Dame, Peggy decided to forgo college and the two were married on February 22, 1958. Thus began many adventures in life. They were a true partnership, perfect compliments to each other, and they shared every aspect of their lives. Peggy worked for the business they started for over 30 years and they travelled around the world together until her disease made it too difficult.

Peggy Abel is survived by her son, Frederick C. Abel, Jr.; her daughter, Dawn Abel DeDomenico; her seven grandchildren; her sister, Lorraine McClure; and her brother, Bill Shearman.

Visitation will be held Friday night from 4:00- 7:00 p.m. at Leppert Mortuary Nora Chapel , 740 E. 86th Street. Funeral Mass Saturday at 11:00 a.m. at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, 5692 Central Avenue. Burial at Crown Hill Cemetery. http://www.leppertmortuary.com.


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Published in The Indianapolis Star on Nov. 5, 2014.
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November 7, 2014
Fred & Dawn,
Peggy was a wonderful, fun and vibrant woman. I am happy she is whole again and with Fred in heaven, but I am sorry for your loss.
Julie Dimond Apple
November 7, 2014
My deepest sympathy for your loss. In the difficult days ahead please find comfort in the words found at Psalm 119 : 76. Diane.
November 6, 2014
Do not Stand at My Grave and Weep

By Mary Elizabeth Frye

Do not stand at my grave and weep;
I am not there, I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow.
I am the diamond glints on snow.
I am the sunlight on ripened grain.
I am the gentle autumn rain.

When you awaken in the morning's hush
I am the swift uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circled flight.
I am the soft stars that shine at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry;
I am not there, I did not die.
Lesa Rohrer
November 6, 2014
I am sorry to hear of your loss. May your family find strength in Gods' inspired words at this time of bereavement. (Psalms 9:9)
carolyn harris
November 5, 2014
Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire family. Cappie's daughters
November 5, 2014
I remember walking to school w/Peggy Sherman, she lived on Hollyhock and we would walk to Meadowbrook then onto Washington Clay Jr, High. She was such a sweet and pretty young lady. Even today when I go by her home, I think of her and wonder what happened with her life. R. I P., hugs, Sherry Miller Hoffman
sharon hoffman
November 5, 2014
Dawn, Keeping you and your family in my prayers. So sorry for your great loss.
Margaret Laurien
November 5, 2014
Fred and Peg were a wonderful kind and loving couple. We at Sacred Heart enjoyed them so much. They have truly been missed. arleen krebs
Arleen Krebs
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