Peggy Zech


April 22, 1938 - January 2, 2019


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.


None Scheduled


Saturday, January 19, 2019
11:00 AM
UCC Congregational Church
301 E 4th Ave
Mitchell, SD 57301

Posted by Jena (Peterson) Henkelman on January 18, 2019
Peg touched so many lives in so many ways. It warms my heart to know she is now reunited with Gene, because they were always "Peg 'n Gene" to us. Their compassion, generosity, and family devotion should be an example to us all. Anytime someone was going through a difficult time, they were there to provide comfort, support, and even comic relief. Thank you Peg for being part of my life.
Posted by Mary Ann (Schultz) Wilson on January 17, 2019
So sorry to learn of the loss of Peggy. She was my 4th grade teacher in Tulare, SD. She was my favorite teacher and I cried the last day of school because she was leaving Tulare. I reconnected with her when we moved to Mitchell and my son was in middle school. We also went to the same church there. A wonderful lady and teacher!
Posted by Colleen Tegels DeJong on January 11, 2019
Peggy taught all of my children. She always asked about them when we would meet. There was never a time that she didn't put a smile on my face by her joyful. Prayers for all the family.
Posted by Dawn Sommer on January 10, 2019
Mrs. Zech was my homeroom teacher in 5th grade. She was such a kind person. Will always remember her as one of my favorite teachers.
Posted by Barb Dulaney on January 10, 2019
A teacher that i had at Eugene Field School ,she taught me well. Help me when I needed it. RIP Mrs Zech .
Posted by Karen Jelsma on January 9, 2019
Best person to have as a member of your family. We all have so many memories with Peg (and Gene). It is comforting to know that they are finally together again. She had her professional/business/caretaker side and the firm/fair/happy/prankster side we got to enjoy growing up. She was a one-of-kind person. Her battle with dementia was brutal, which I am sure was partly because of her will power and her love of her family and wanting to take care of everyone. She is free now and may she forever R.I.P and know how much she meant to the people who knew her. ❤️
Posted by Dena (Wynia) Akridge on January 8, 2019
She was the best great-aunt. She was the kind of adult that made you feel heard, seen, and important as a child.... she was always so genuinely interested in whatever we were doing or saying. I’m glad she is finally at peace and no longer suffering.
Posted by Ethel Cooper on January 8, 2019
Traveled with Peggy and her sister Mary Lou had a fun time.. They are very much missed. They are In a better place now....
Posted by Jerry Luckett on January 8, 2019
She always such a kind person. I saw her work with so many children. She touched so many lives.
Posted by Lisa Herman Oelrich on January 8, 2019
She was one of the best teachers I ever had. She will be missed.
Posted by Sara Tackett on January 8, 2019
Peggy was the best teacher I had on 6th grade... she really help me ...I will truly miss her..
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