Margaret ‘Peggy’ Garrigan

June 10, 1935 - May 15, 2016

Peggy passed away on Sunday, May 15, 2016, at the age of 80. Although her family and friends miss her dearly, she is in a better and pain-free place. Peggy was an energetic and caring woman who touched the hearts of those she met in a profound way. She had the gift of bringing out the goodness in others. She was a friend, a mentor and a teacher. Peggy’s infectious personality, curiosity and listening skills made anyone she came in contact with feel special.


Peggy was born June 10, 1935, the daughter of Wayne and Louise (Dieterly) Dudley in Zanesville, Ohio. After high school, she became a RN upon graduating from Good Samaritan School of Nursing in Zanesville.


Peggy was professed as Sister Mary Mercy in the Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity in Manitowoc in 1958. She obtained a BS degree in nursing from Marquette University, Milwaukee, and taught pediatrics at Holy Family Hospital in Manitowoc. During the summer months, she started and staffed a volunteer health clinic for migrant farm workers in Sturgeon Bay.

In 1966, Peggy earned a master’s degree in psychiatric nursing from Catholic University in Washington, D.C. She left the convent in 1967 and returned to work in D.C. as a psychiatric specialist and mental health coordinator at Washington Hospital Center. For two years during the summers, she worked at a health clinic for migrant farm workers in Wautoma.

Peggy married Michael Garrigan in 1968 in Rockville, Md. To follow her husband’s employment, they lived in Maryland, California and Illinois, where Peggy held nursing positions in all of those states. 

The couple returned to Wisconsin in 1979. Peggy was the director of adult ministry for St. Joseph’s Parish in Waukesha from 1985 to 1990. After this, she conducted classes on women’s issues and later worked as a volunteer coordinator for the public library in Pewaukee. 

Peggy is survived by her loving husband, Michael Garrigan; daughter Michelle (Kevin) Kronschnabl and granddaughter Calista of Waukesha; son Michael (Kirsten) Garrigan and grandchildren Keenan, Kiah, Larson and Braylon of Winnebago, Ill.; her sister, Connie Marshall of Zanesville, Ohio; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.  Preceding her in death were her parents and a special cousin, Steve Hall, who was like a brother to her.

 A visitation will be held on Sunday, June 12, at Cesarz Charapata & Zinnecker Funeral Home, 237 N. Moreland Blvd., Waukesha, from 11:00 am until 1:00 pm. A celebration of Peggy’s life will follow the visitation at the Five O’Clock Club, N28-W26658 Peterson Drive, Pewaukee.

In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to your favorite charity in Peggy’s name.

Cesarz, Charapata & Zinnecker Funeral Home, Cremation and Pre-Planning Services is serving the family. For further information, please call 262-542-6609, or for directions, an online obituary, or to leave a condolence, please visit