June Ann Peppas
Hobe Sound, FL
June Peppas, a former resident of Stuart Lodge, died Monday March 14, 2016, peacefully at Hospice House in Stuart, Florida.
She was born in Kansas City, MO on June 16, 1929 to Edna and Leroy Hollwell. She grew up in Marion & Ft. Wayne, IN, and graduated from Elmhurst H.S. in 1947, and went on to graduate from Western Michigan University. In 1970, she received a Masters degree also from WMU.
June "Lefty" Peppas is well remembered for her many contributions to the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League, playing first base and pitcher, and the first chairperson of the board. She was twice selected as the All-Star player for AAGPBL. This organization was the basis for the movie "A League of Their Own." The league was finally disbanded in 1954, but the players always kept in touch.
June and her life partner of 46 years, Polly Huitt, operated their own printing business, PJ's Printing, in Allegan, Michigan until 1988. They retired to Florida, enjoying golf and an active social life. Polly predeceased June in 2007.
In lieu of a memorial service, donations may be made to Treasure Coast Hospice, 1201 SE Indian St, Stuart, FL 34997, in memory of June Peppas.
Published in TC Palm on Mar. 20, 2016.