Peggy Zech, 80, Mitchell, SD, died Wednesday, January 2, 2019 at the Oak View Terrace in Freeman, SD.
Memorial services for Peggy Wynia Zech will be held at 11:00 AM on Saturday, January 19, 2019 at UCC Congregational Church in Mitchell with Bittner Funeral Chapel in charge of arrangements.
Peggy Ann Wynia was born on April 22, 1938. She was the second daughter born to Riemer and Marie (Westra) Wynia at Springfield, SD and was the sixth of seven children.
When she was five years old, the family moved to a farm southwest of Avon where she attended Rouse Country School and graduated from Avon High School. Peggy continued her education by attending Southern State Teachers College in Springfield and received a Master’s Degree in Elementary Education from USD in Vermillion.
On June 12, 1966, she was united in marriage to Eugene A. Zech of Pocahontas, Iowa. They started their married life in Mitchell and remained there until 2013. She moved to Springfield and then to Oakview Terrace in Freeman, SD where she resided until her death.
Peggy’s chosen career was in the teaching field and she spent 36 years teaching elementary and middle school. Peggy retired after teaching in the Mitchell School System for 29 years. While teaching, she belonged to all the educational organizations.
She was a member of the Congregational United Church of Christ where she served in various capacities. Peggy was a member of the Women’s Fellowship, the Elks National Foundation, James Valley Community Center, and MARTA. She helped at the Salvation Army with bell ringing and food distribution. She volunteered at Avera Queen of Peace, helped with the Heart and Sole Cancer Walk, and worked on the drives for diabetes, heart, multiple sclerosis, and the leukemia and cancer drives.
Peggy’s hobbies included reading, sewing, gardening, writing poetry, calligraphy, helping others, and traveling.
She will be remembered for her sunny disposition, her capturing smile, and her willingness to help those in need.
Being grateful for having shared her life is her brother Dean Wynia, Dante, SD; sister Della Stimpson and husband Ed of Wagner and sisters in law, Rose Wynia of Sacramento, CA and Helen Wynia, NE; She is also survived by 16 nieces and nephews whom she thoroughly enjoyed and numerous great and great-great nieces and nephews.
Her beloved husband, Eugene Zech; parents, Riemer and Marie Wynia; brothers, Junior Ree, Bill, Jack and wife Gertrude Wynia; sister, Mary Lou Peterson and husband Rudy; sister in law, Liese Wynia; all preceded her in death.
In lieu of flowers, it was Peggy’s request to send memorial to your favorite charity.