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Obituary for Marguerite G "Peggie" Suess

Marguerite G “Peggie” Suess
August 22, 1918 – September 22, 2018

Marguerite “Peggie” Suess passed away peacefully with her family by her side on Saturday, September 22, 2018 just one month after celebrating her 100th birthday.

Peggie was born in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, the second oldest in a family of eight children. She graduated from Oshkosh High School in 1936, then attended Oshkosh State Teachers’ College for one year and worked at the family owned business-The Bowen Street Tavern, famous for its fish and chips and chop suey, all prepared by her father, Leo and mother, Martha (Pofahl) Lueck. Later she was employed as head of the Stenographic Department at the Oshkosh Vocational School, supervising seven employees.

She and husband, John Suess, were married in Oshkosh on August 4, 1942. John entered the Army on August 12, 1942 and was discharged in January, 1946. Peggie and John left Oshkosh and moved to the Seattle area where she worked as a secretary at James Madison Junior High. John and Peggie’s brother, Bud Lueck, bought a fishing boat and planned to fish in Alaska. When that venture did not work out the boat was sold, but not before it had pulled into a safe harbor-Oak Harbor-during a storm. Peggie and John loved the small community and moved to Oak Harbor on February 14, 1947.

March 17, 1947, Peggie was hired to work in the Civilian Personnel Office at NAS Whidbey Island, starting as a Clerk Typist-GS-2. She retired from her illustrious career after 32 years of service, on June 29, 1979. She attained the title of Principal Classifier/Personnel Specialist and, at the time of her retirement was the highest graded female employee on the base. Peggie has a notebook full of awards and commendations for her work in Civilian Personnel and was selected as “Employee of the Year” by NAS Whidbey in 1966, 1967 and 1971.

Peggie not only exceled at her job but she participated in many community activities. She was a charter/life member of the Oak Harbor Emblem Club #450 and served as their president in 1996-97 and 2000-2001. She was also a member of the Oak Harbor Senior Center and served as Vice Chairman and Chairman of the Senior Coordinating Committee from 1992-94. She was a former member and past president of the Oak Harbor Business Women’s Association and the Oak Harbor Toastmistress Club, held an honorary lifetime membership in the Federal Managers’ Association, and founded and operated, along with sister Denise, the Whidbey Vagabond Senior Travel and Social Club until it was dissolved due to the opening of the Oak Harbor Senior Center. In her younger days she loved to bowl, served as president of the North Whidbey Women’s Bowling Association and participated in three leagues. She was nominated for Oak Harbor Woman of the Year twice.

Peggie has been a member of St Augustine Catholic Church since her arrival in Oak Harbor in 1947, taught religious education classes, served on the first Parish Council, and was president from 1980-82. She was a regular greeter at the 5:00 pm mass.

In 2010 she moved from her Oak Harbor home of 48 years to Summer Hill where she was selected Resident of the Month in January 2011. To keep her mind sharp, Peggie played bingo at Summer Hill, was an avid reader, and could be found with daughter, Martha, at the casino most Mondays playing the nickel poker slot machines.

All who knew Peggie characterized her as a classy lady full of integrity, strong in her faith, and thankful for all her blessings. She used her many talents to make this community a better place.

Peggie (and John) were blessed with two surviving daughters, Martha (Gary) Wallin and Julie (Ralph III) Houser. Also surviving are four grandchildren, Rachel, Ralph IV, Jason and Matthew, and five great-grandchildren Sam, Alex, Adelaide, Linnea, and Ralph V. Two sisters, Ruth McMahon of San Antonio, TX and Denise Bradshaw of Apache Junction, AZ , as well as many nieces and nephews, also survive. She was preceded in death by her husband John in 1979, son-in-law Gary Wallin in 2017, her parents, and siblings Valeria, Donald, Bernard, Carol and Leo.

A funeral mass will be celebrated on Saturday, September 29, 2018 at 10:00 am at St Augustine Catholic Church, Oak Harbor with Rev Paul Pluth, JCL as celebrant. Mass will be followed by a reception in the parish hall. Peggie will be laid to rest at Pioneer Cemetery, next to her beloved husband, John, and many of her family members.

The family suggests memorials to St Augustine Catholic Church or the Oak Harbor Emblem Club #450, PO Box 666, Oak Harbor, WA 98277. Arrangements were entrusted to Wallin Funeral Home.

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