Peggy Gross
Brainard Funeral Home and Cremation Center - Wausau Chapel
522 Adams St
Wausau, WI
Gross, Peggy

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. (

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My family was shocked to hear of Peggy's passing. Our condolences and prayers are with your family.

The Gora family
April 9, 2013
I worked with Peggy on several GTMC projects and without her expertise, they would not have been succesful. She will be sorely missed by everyone at the GTMS.
Howard Dixon
April 9, 2013
Peggy was will greatly missed amongest many of her Gadsby's friends. She was a amazing woman who always gave tirelessly!

I very much enjoyed serving on the Board with her and the many social events, too!

Thank you to her family for sharing her with us!
Vanessa Sizemore
April 9, 2013
Peggy was a wonderful person and I am so very sad that she is no longer with us. She brought joy and life to every interaction I had with her. She was suportive during my recent illness and loss of my mother.

My thoughts and prayers are with her family and friends.
Ginger Chamberlain
April 8, 2013
Dear Family, you have my deepest sympathies on your loss. May Peggy's soul rest in peace. Arline Hetland, FSI/EX
Arline Hetland
April 8, 2013
I met Peggy the first few weeks she moved to Alexandria. She hadn't found a place to live yet, but came to meet fellow members of AAUW at a local restaurant. We immediately found we were both interested in history, & talked about the history of Alexandria. Peggy became a board member of one museum, and the local historical association. She became part of our community also.
Priscilla Wiener
April 5, 2013
I was shocked and saddened to hear of Peggy's passing. I met Peggy in 2012. She was my instructor and mentor. I had the pleasure of spending one of her last week's with her in March in Ft. Lauderdale, where we were teaching a course. I know she had a great time, and we enjoyed her wealth of knowledge and experience. Her stories of family and cross country trips and adventures around the world amazed me, and the fact that she was still close with her childhood friends after so many moves impressed me. She was rich with the love of family and friends and all the memories of shared experiences. I feel blessed to have known her, and I will miss her. My sincere condolences to her family. She was so proud of all of you.
Marlene Dickens
April 4, 2013
My sincere sympathy to the Gross Family. I havegoodmemories of Peggy and Wausau East High School.

Yvonne Cook
he Villages, Florida
April 4, 2013
I had a chance to meet that Great Woman this spring at my training in FL. She was a treasure: wise, helpful, kind...i'll miss her a lot. RIP Dear Peggy!
Nargis Aknazarova
April 3, 2013
I was heartbroken to hear the news, and I want you to know that my thoughts and prayers are with you, dear Peggy.My sincere condolences to all your family.I am very proud that i've met this Great Woman this spring in FL. She taught and gave us a lot...
April 3, 2013
Peggy was my friend and I very much enjoyed the time that we spent together. She will be missed. Her family is in our thoughts and prayers.
Michael Moran
April 3, 2013
Peggy has created a memory that I will cherish. My condolences to her family.
Kris Tierney
April 3, 2013
I worked with Peggy at FSI and she was great. My deepest condolances to her entire family. She will be missed
Sue Thompson
April 3, 2013
My deepest condolences to Peggy's family. I had the priviledge of attending two courses she taught and going out to dinner with her during one of them. Her love for teaching and the students shined through and her smile lit up the room. We had great discussions about being from Minnesota and how important family is, no matter where in the world she was. She will be greatly missed. May the Lord comfort you and give you strength.
Christney Fail
April 3, 2013
My sincere condoleances to all the family.
April 3, 2013
I met Peggy in 2004, and have had a great relationship with her, and took several classes from her. We'd just been emailing back and forth last week about a course over here in Zagreb in the fall. I am deeply, deeply sorry for your loss.
Terri Gilbert
April 3, 2013
Peggy was a great person, cheerful and welcoming. I had the chance to meet her twice during trainings, she always made herself available for us. My thoughts are with her family during this difficult time.
Sarah Benchiba
April 3, 2013
I am so sorry to hear of Peggy's passing. She always had a smile for me. You are all certainly in my prayers.
DebiLyn Carr
April 3, 2013
Dear Pat and family,

I was stunned and saddened by the news of Peggy's death, unbelieving. She had been a great friend and source of support and strength, and I looked forward to the next time we'd be able to meet when we were both in Wausau again.

My late husband Larry always said that Peggy made him look good in the many years she worked alongside him, and he was right. Peggy was an extraordinary person, and will be missed by many. Love to you all.--Kathy Riordan, Fort Myers, Florida and Wausau, Wisconsin
Kathy Riordan
April 3, 2013
My condolences to the whole family. I was very shocked to hear the news, especially as I had just spent a week with her this past March during the Office Essentials workshop in Ft. Lauderdale. We had a wonderful time talking and sharing stories, specifically about her children and grandchildren. Her wealth of experience was amazing. She will be missed.
Lynne Arosemena
April 2, 2013
Peggy was an outstanding, vibrant member of the State Department global community and I am so sorry to learn of her passing. Peace to Peggy and her family.
Louisa O'Neil
April 2, 2013
My sincere condolences. I was shocked to see the announcement of Peggy's passing. She was a great lady, and I enjoyed our many courses together over the years at FSI and abroad. She will be greatly missed.
Courtney Preston-McLain
April 2, 2013
My condolences to Ms. Peggy's family, I attended several courses taught by her at FSI. She always met her students with a smile and made everyone feel welcomed. She will be missed!
Dolores Ogle
April 2, 2013
I had the pleasure of working with Peggy during the Office Management Specialist Symposium in New Delhi last September. Her energy and vitality were amazing to witness. She will be missed by all who had the privilege of knowing her.
Roberta Feldman
April 2, 2013
To the family and friends of Ms. Peggy Gross, I know a light will continue to shine and flowers will always bloom in the hearts of many of her students from FSI, because of the seeds she planted within us as we sat eagerly to learn, and hear one of her many stories (life experiences). Having the fortunate pleasure of being one of her students, I am grateful her light shined and caring nature blossomed upon me, as I strive to become a better person both professional and personal.

Her legacy of caring and sharing will forever live on…Peggy, you will be missed, but never forgotten!

Thank you for caring and everything you taught me!
Portia Cobb
April 2, 2013
I fondly remember Peggy's smile and outgoing personality. She had a zest for life's adventures and spoke of her many travels with great enthusiasm. My sincere condolences to Peggy's family may the Lord give you peace and comfort in your loss.
Vicki Byrd
April 2, 2013
It is an Honor in knowing Peggy as she will be missed here at FSI. Many blessing to all the family and friends of Peggy as she is resting in a better place.
(JC) James Cummings FSI
April 2, 2013
I want to extend deepest my condolences to Ms. Peggy family. I attended a course she was teaching at FSI and enjoyed the class greatly. She will be missed by all who knew her.
Linda D. Adams, American Embassy Djibouti
April 2, 2013
I had the great pleasure of being one of Peggy's students at FSI. I'm sorry to hear of her passing. My prayers are with her family.
Mone G.
April 2, 2013
I was lucky to have Peggy in many classes at FSI and overseas at an OMS symposium. My thoughts and prayers are with her family.
April 2, 2013
In the eight years we worked together I learned so much from Peggy. We had great times exploring new countries when we traveled together. Peggy was a dynamo who was always exploring, learning, and sharing. She will be truly missed. I send my deepest sympathy to the entire family -- she talked of you often and it was obvious how much she loved each of you.
Tish Toner
April 1, 2013
It is with sadness I learned of Peggy's passing. My memories start back in 1973 with the Minneapolis Jaycees, and it evolved in a personal friendship. She was a strong person then, and continued to grow into a very compassionate person. She was a great lady.
Irene Pieper, Fairfax. VA
April 1, 2013
My deepest sympathy to the family. I worked for Ms. Peggy at FSI for one year during my transfer between posts I will miss her.
Angela McChristian
April 1, 2013
Colleen, you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. Your mom was a wonderful woman. I'm so sorry for your loss.
~Kelly H.
Kelly Hummel
April 1, 2013
I've sat through many of Peggy's classes at FSI. She always put a smile on my face. We will all miss Peggy. Deepest sympathy goes out to her family.
April 1, 2013
My Deepest Sympathy to Peggy's family. I met her through Wausau Early Bird Rotary. She indeed was a special person.

Janna Hamann
April 1, 2013
I will miss you my friend who always had a happy disposition and a different way of looking at things and the world. My sincere condolences to your children, family members, and to Patrick.
Rita Rutsohn
April 1, 2013
Kevin, my thoughts and prayers for you and your family as you say farewell to your Mom until you are together once again in the Kingdom.
Linda Deschene
April 1, 2013
Words can hardly express my deepest sympathies to the family of Peggy. She was truly a matchless woman. So accomplished, so dedication, so professional. She served on the Board of Gadsby's Tavern Museum Society, most recently as President. She will be deeply missed by so many. God rest her beautiful, loving, giving soul.
Pat Sowers
April 1, 2013
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
April 1, 2013
I met Peggy many years ago. Things I learned from her were a great influence on my life.
April 1, 2013
Wishing the entire family peace and comfort, as you celebrate and remember Peggy's life.

May God provide you strength, love, friends and family during this difficult time.

No doubt about it, her legacy will live on with her children and grandchildren.
John Garey
April 1, 2013
You are in our most heartfelt thoughts and prayers.

Laura and Todd Nielsen
Laura Nielsen
March 31, 2013
peggy helped so many people feel so good! i am fortunate that our paths crossed! thinking of you all.
March 31, 2013
My deepest sympathies on the loss of my cousin Peggy. My heart goes out to all of you!!! What a lady!!! Always so gracious and kind!!! She will be sadly missed by all. My thoughts and prayers are sent to everyone. Much love- Cheri (Knutson) Kostrzab and family
March 31, 2013
Blessings to you all. I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Peggy has had a great influence on all of us. She was truly an exceptional human being who has made the world a better place. Easter is a perfect time for her passing into new life.
Carolyn Michalski
March 30, 2013
Our thoughts and prayers go out to all the Gross children
Ginny Havens
March 30, 2013
I did not know Peggy, but as one of the pray-ers for the Eastside Parishes prayer chain, I would like to extend my sincere sympathy to her family and friends. Thank you, Colleen, for letting us know about her very peaceful death. You all remain in our prayers as you seek to accept this untimely loss.
Kathy Kocik
March 30, 2013
Goodbye Peggy. Condolences to all. I will really miss her.
Arves Jones
March 30, 2013
My sincere condolences to family and friends. Peggy was an awesome instructor. I had the pleasure of being one of her students in an FSI course. I was in awe of her intellect. Find comfort to know that God has chosen a new angel to watch over us.
March 30, 2013
An amazing woman who raised a great family. I am fortunate to be friends with one of her sons and met all the family over the years. They are all kind, generous, loyal and loving. I am so sorry for your loss.
Steve Cleary
March 30, 2013
My sympathy to Pat and all of Peggy's children. We were in Jaycettes together for many years and I have many wonderful memories of Peggy. She will be missed by all.
Marge Cabanski
March 30, 2013
Expressing Sympathy to the family. I had fond memories of traveling with Peggy and visiting with the Wisconsin Jaycettes. Love, Diane Baltus
March 30, 2013
Crees Family
March 30, 2013
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