Mary M. "Peggy" Martin

Mary M. "Peggy" Martin, 86, of West Bend, died Sunday, March 30, 2008 at the Cedar Lake Health and Rehabilitation Center.

Surrounded by her sons, granddaughter and two grandsons, Peggy died four days after her loving husband of 66 years, Joseph B. Martin, passed away - they will now be able to celebrate their 67th wedding anniversary together in heaven.

Peggy was preceded in death by her dear brother, John J. "Jack" Derse; her mother and father, Margaret M. (nee McSweeney) and John A. Derse; many other close family members, wonderful friends and her loyal dog, Fleabag, and constant feline companion, Chester.

Survivors include two sons, Joseph Jr. of Lomira and Tom (Rose Ann) of West Bend; five grandchildren, Jennifer Martin (John Kohnert), Scott (Kristen), Jessica Schneider (Karl), Patrick, and Shawn Cressey; and seven great-grandchildren, Bethany, Dalton, Miranda, Ben, Lyndsey, Connor and Arrah.

She is further survived by her sister-in-law, Doris Derse of Ventura, Calif.; dear cousin, Betty (Klein) Wiese of Milwaukee; and many nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.

Born on March 13, 1922 in Milwaukee, Peggy graduated from Divine Savior Holy Angels High School, and then married her high school sweetheart, Joseph B. Martin on May 24, 1941 at Holy Rosary Catholic Church.

Peggy, Joe and their sons lived in the village of Fox Point until 1960 when they moved to their West Bend farm, "Maryacres."

During the next 40-plus years, Peggy spent much of her time creating a loving home environment, raising her two boys, volunteering in many different non-profit, community and church-related groups (garden club, women’s club, children’s theater, Samar-itan Health Center and Cedar Lake Home, Red Cross, Meals on Wheels, Little Lourdes Day, St. Mary’s religion classes and various church committees), and being heavily involved in the lives and raising of her grandchildren.

She loved to cook, sing and play the piano, host parties, garden, read, write letters, learn about new things through University of Wisconsin classes and seminars, help others in need and take care of her family.

She was a dedicated and extremely loving wife, mother and grandmother with a wonderful sense of humor and a flair for telling stories.

She had a compassionate and giving spirit, was a very gracious hostess to all and a wonderful and loyal friend to many.

Peggy was everything to her family and will be greatly missed and never forgotten.

A Mass of Christian Burial Mass will be held on Wednesday, April 2, at 4 p.m. at St. Mary’s Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, West Bend, with a light dinner following in the church hall.

Rev. Michael Moran will preside, and burial will take place at 9:30 a.m. Thursday in St. Mary’s Cemetery (new).

Visitation will be at the church only on Wednesday from 3 until 3:45 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorials be made in Peggy’s name to St. Mary’s Immaculate Conception Church, where she was a long-time parish member.

The Schmidt Funeral Home of West Bend is serving the family.