Obituaries

Peggy L. Wheeler

April 26, 1936 - September 7, 2010

Age 74, of West Court Street, Warsaw, died September 7, 2010 at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester. She was a proud veteran of the US Army having served for over twenty years in the US Army Medical Department. She retired as a Lieutenant Colonel in 1986. She was born April 26, 1936 in Warsaw, daughter of the late Clarence and Gladys Davis Wheeler.

Peggy was a graduate of the Wyoming County Community Hospital School of Nursing. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Nursing Science from the University of Buffalo, her Public Health degree from Columbia University and her Master’s degree from Tulane University. In early years, she served as a public health nurse in Wyoming County and Tompkins County and worked at a rehabilitation hospital in Brownsville, Texas.

Following her military service, Peggy served on several charitable and public service boards in Wyoming County and was director of Wyoming County Home Health Care for several years. She was an active volunteer for the American Red Cross and was a member of the Walter Klein Post, American Legion in Warsaw and the Warsaw Monday Club. Peggy had a great love of traveling and traveled extensively throughout the world.

Surviving are her sister, Betty (George) Sonricker of Attica; her nieces, Kathleen (Dastel) Judd of Paris, Tenn., Diane (Philip) Knittel of St. Louis, Mo; her nephews, Kevin (Roxanne) Sonricker of Warsaw, David (Ann) Sonricker of Naperville, Ill.; 9 great nieces and nephews and 11 great great nieces and nephews.

Friends may call Saturday, September 18 from 2 – 4 PM at Robinson & Hackemer Funeral Home, 246 N. Main St., Warsaw. A funeral service with military honors will be held immediately following calling hours on Saturday at 4 PM. Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association, 3500 Winton Place, Rochester, NY 14623-2860 or the Warsaw Rescue Squad, PO Box 22, Warsaw, NY 14569.

Important Dates

September 18, 2010 : Calling Hours for Peggy L. Wheeler - 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM - At Robinson And Hackemer Funeral Home

September 18, 2010 : Funeral Service with military honors for Peggy L. Wheeler - 4:00 PM - At Robinson And Hackemer Funeral Home

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Dec 25.10 from jacqueline johnson:
I worked with LTC (P) Wheeler while assigned at Fort Belvoir, VA. during the 1980s. What a wonderful person and mentor! I had great admiration for her leadership. She always made time to teach others. I will miss her annual Christmas letters that were always neatly handwritten. Thank you for all you taught me

Dec 12.10 from Stan Martinson:
I am very sorry to hear that Peggy passed away. My wife and I looked forward to reading Peggy's Christmas card each year since it was always the very first to arrive. Peggy and I worked together at Fort Rucker, Ala. in about 1970. She was an army health nurse and I was a preventive medicine officer. We had many good times together. On one occasion she impressed all the guys in our unit when she bought a new Ford Mustang that was the fastest car on the base. We will miss Peggy. Our prayers are with her family.

Dec 10.10 from BILL HARDIN:
It was a privilege to have known Peggy, and to have had the opportunity to work with her on various projects, issues, etc. She was always cooperative, willing to provide assistance and always a true professional. I had great admiration for her leadership and her interest in the well being of those that served under her. Peggy was compasssionate, understanding, and had countless other traits and talents that enabled her to be a big success in life, in her military career, and to be admired and respected by those with whom she came in contact. We have lost a fine lady and I consider it a signal honor to have known her for so many years, and to have been able to interacted with her when we both were at the same military installation when she was the Chief of Preventive Medicine at the installation hospital, and I was the installation Safety and Occupational Health Manager. Peggy was one of the few military officers that I kept in contact with over many years after our paths crossed. Her record and her accomplishments speak for themselves. She left high standards for those who follow her in the noble profession of nursing. Only a small percentage will be able to come close to gaining the respect, admiration and appreciation that she won thru her performances. A fine nurse both in the Army and in civilian life. A successful Army officer, and a wonderful person. So many of us were blessed to have had the opportunity to know her.

Dec 5.10 from JW (Joop) Thiessen, MD:
I was absolutely shocked to hear the news of Peggy's death. She and I worked together at the Army Environmental Health Agency, Edgewood Arsenal, MD, in the late seventies and early eighties. We have been in regular contact since that time, with long phone calls, usually around the new year. Peggy was a hard worker, but, above all, a devoted friend. I will miss her dearly. May she rest in peace.

Dec 4.10 from Ann Ashjian, Col. Ret ANC:
Peggy was faithful and dedicated in her service, and a cherished annual correspondent after retirement. Miss you, Peggy. Peace

Dec 3.10 from Gerald D. Woldt, LTC, Ret., ANC:
It was with heavy heart today that I received a note from Betty saying Peggy had passed away. I told a friend this morning that I was going to call Peggy tonight to hear about how much snow she was getting in Warsaw. I was in Peggy's Army Nurse Corps basic class in 1966. We remained in contact for our 20 + years in the Army Nurse Corp and we both completed our last 3-4 years at Fort Belvoir, VA and retired at the same time. She was a wonderful teacher, nurse, and friend. She will be missed by many. My thoughts and prayers are with her Family at this time.

Jay

Dec 3.10 from Charles Waller:
Peggy and I worked together while stationed at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. She was a great friend. We hat lots of laughs while playing jokes on one another. You will be missed Peggy.

Dec 3.10 from margi darcy coburn:
Peggy was my mentor, boss and friend at Ft. Gordon, GA. She took me under her wing and I have always had a fond spot for her in my heart. My deepest condolences to her family on the loss of a wonderful lady!

Dec 3.10 from Donna Gwyer:
I Just learned of Peggy's passing. Peggy and I served in Georgia together and I have wonderful memories of that time. She was a great teacher and had wonderful sotries to tell, especiall about snow in New York. I am sure she will be missed by all.

Dec 3.10 from Catherine Allard:
I recently learned of Peggy's passing. She and my mother served together in Viet Nam and remained very good friends until my mother's passing in 2003. I always looked forward to Peggy's visits. Good food, good fun and lots of laughs. She was one of the family and I loved her dearly.

Sep 19.10 from Paula Schaefer:
Thanks for everything Peggy. You will be missed by all. You were good to all of us and I am not sure everyone reolized all you did. Thanks.

Sep 19.10 from Sharon Meyer:
I first met Peggy at the SilverLake Resteraunt, where I waited on her and became friends with her. I got the feeling that she made friends wherever she went. She was a wonderful lady. So full of life and wonderful stories. She will be sadly missed. My condolences to her family. You will be in my thoughts and prayers.

Sep 17.10 from Elaine Laycock:
I am so sorry to hear of the passing of Peggy. I worked for Peggy at the Wyoming County Home Health Care, as a Home Health Aide...she was great to work for, and a good teacher... may she rest in peace... God bless her family and friends...

Sep 17.10 from Sue and Dave Carita:
We always enjoyed seeing Peggy when we came back to Perry to visit. Her travel slide shows were a treat. We will miss the restaurant dinners each time as well. It was great to get the Wheeler family together. Dad, her Uncle Victor, is especially sad to have lost a very good friend. He so enjoyed the lunches and card games they shared.
I will miss sending those quirky good books to Peggy, and we hope she is working on her sudoku in Heaven!

Sep 17.10 from Carol L. Mahoney:
To Peggy's family,
Peggy was a friend and colleague for many years, beginning with her work at Wyoming Homemakers Service, and will be sorely missed. She was an insightful and engaging person - always a delight to visit and trade stories - but hers were best. She loved so much to travel and her eyes would light up just talking about the next plan ahead. Peggy did far more for Wyoming County than most people will ever begin to realize and we are forever indebted to her service to country and community. It was a pleasure to recognize a small portion of that with her receipt of the "Founder's Award" from HomeCare & Hospice. Peggy's standards for care and for living life were very high... a lesson she has taught us all. In this, her final journey, may God lift her and keep her forever close.

Sep 17.10 from Carol and Tom Wawrzycki:
Peggy was the best cousin ever! She always had great stories to tell and could keep you laughing for hours! I never knew anyone else who traveled so extensively! When we went to Hawaii, she gave us a must-see list; when our son went to Tulane, she told us all about New Orleans and living there; now that our daughter has moved to DC, she had stories of living there as well. She and Dad had a close bond and saw each other every week. When he came to live with us, she told us how very much she missed seeing him every week. She will be sorely missed by all of us - she was a truly unique and special lady!

Sep 16.10 from Marilyn Weaver:
Betty and Bud
I have so many memories of Peggy and you Betty when we were growing up and staying overnight at your Moms. I will be thinking of you all tomorrow.

Sep 16.10 from Jim and Jody Wheeler:
We are sorry to hear of Peggy's passing.In 2004 we visited her. Jody just loved her at her first meeting, she had us in stitches all the time we were there. I had not seen her since we were 18 or 19. She certainly is someome special. Condolences to all who knew her. Jody & Jim

Sep 15.10 from Heather Hoffmeister:
I am so sorry to hear that Peggy past away. She always brought alot of laughter into my life. I assisted her at Five Star Bank and we were never at a loss for words. She will be missed by everyone here at the bank. Condolences to her family and friends.

Sep 14.10 from Matthew and Melody Bey:
Our prayers and thoughts are with Bud and Betty and their entire family in the loss of someone so special to them.

Sep 14.10 from Miriam Rugala:
Our condolences go out to the family. We are so sorry of her passing John And Miriam Rugala

Sep 13.10 from ROBIN BRADO:
My condolences to Peggy's family. I loved Peggy, she was a sweet lady, and when I went to work at The Wyoming County Health Care, she wss so wonderful and helpful, and a beautiful person to work for. I will always remember her with sweet memories. God bless you all, and rest in peace Peggy.

Sep 13.10 from Judy Maxson:
Peggy was wonderful and will be missed.

Sep 13.10 from Martin Croney:
I will miss you Peggy