Margaret ‘Peggy’ Keepman
Oct. 16, 1926 — Jan. 1, 2016
Margaret “Peggy” Keepman began her journey into eternal life on Jan. 1, 2016. She is survived by her four sons Erv III (Sue), Richard (Patty), Al (Susan) and Charlie (Scotti) Keepman, 15 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Erwin (Erv) Keepman II, in 2008 and grandson Richard Jr. in 1967.
Born Oct. 16, 1926, in Long Island, N.Y., Peggy was one of three children born to Charlie and Kate Lord, both British immigrants. The family arrived in the United States in 1920, and later relocated to southern California during the mid-1930s, which is where Peggy spent most of her childhood. Her father, Charlie, was a horse trainer for the motion picture industry, and under his teaching, Peggy learned to ride competitively during her teenage years. It was also at this time that Peggy developed a love for animals, which would last her entire lifetime.
As World War II came to a close, Peggy met Erv Keepman from Watertown — her “dashing lieutenant” (a seasoned B-17 bombardier at 20 years old) — who was enjoying some R& R with his fellow servicemen in beautiful Santa Monica, Calif. It was love at first sight, and on May 12, 1945, the two committed to spending their lives together. Erv and Peg’s love affair lasted for 64 years here on Earth, until the two were reunited in heaven.
Peggy had the remarkable gift of making people feel special; treating everyone as if they were the only person that mattered. She loved unconditionally, and this was a gift she gave freely, whether to family members, friends or four-legged creatures. Her joy in life came from her “family,” which consisted of much more than relatives. Generations of friends called her “Mom” or “Grandma,” and she adopted every one as her own. If love were a currency, Peggy was one of the richest people in the world.
A celebration of Peggy’s life is planned for Saturday, Feb. 6 at White Stone Community Church in Oconomowoc from 1-5 p.m. (service at 2:30 p.m.). In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that any donations be made to Peggy’s favorite charity, HAWS (Humane Animal Welfare Society) in Waukesha.
Schmidt & Bartelt Notbohm - Kreutzmann Funeral and Cremation Services, Oconomowoc, is serving the family. For more information, call 262-567-4459 or visit www.schmidtandbartelt.com.