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Margaret “Peg” Owen Wert

Posted By DeBord Snyder Funeral Home & Crematory On May 10, 2012 @ 11:13 am In Obituaries | 2 Comments

Margaret “Peg” Owen Wert, Lancaster, PA

Margaret “Peg” Owen Wert, of Willow Street, PA died May 8, 2012 at Arbor View at Willow Valley. Born in Ridgway, PA, she was the daughter of the late Alden Bradford and Aura Beatha Powell Owen. She was the wife of the late John R. Wert, III.
Peg graduated from Jefferson Medical College School of Nursing in 1938 and continued her studies at University of Pennsylvania. In 1942 she enlisted in the Army Nurse Corps requesting overseas duty. She joined a group of doctors and nurses from Cooper Hospital in Camden, NJ and became a member of the 61st Station Hospital Unit. She was among the first nurses to go through the Straits of Gibraltar to land in Oran, Algeria. After Africa was cleared, the unit moved to Foggia, Italy.
She had been employed by Carrier Clinic and Princeton Hospital. She retired from Princeton University as Director of Nursing at McCosh Infirmary.
Peg enjoyed a lifelong love of music beginning in high school where she won local vocal competitions, and later entertained troops while in the Army. She was a choir member at Hopewell Presbyterian Church, and was one of the first members of the Hopewell Valley Chorus. Upon moving to Willow Valley, she joined the Chorale and more recently took up the ukulele! Peg was a Hopewell, NJ resident for many years before moving to Willow Street, PA in 1986 and began attending the First Presbyterian Church in Lancaster.
An active volunteer for many years, she was involved in the Girl Scouts of America, Hopewell Museum, F.I.S.H., The Lancaster Historical Society, and at Willow Valley Lakes Manor; the Computer Club, Video Club and many other organizations. She enjoyed traveling throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, Australia and New Zealand.
Her survivors include her children, Margaret D. Mueller, wife of Wolfgang Mueller, Barbara W. Reeder, wife of Thomas Reeder, James O. Wert, husband of Mary Louise Pierson; her grandchildren, David Mueller, Karen Roberts, Matthew Reeder, Trevor Reeder, Marnie Owen, Griffin Wert, Raven Pierson and three great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her husband and siblings, W. James Owen, Edith Owen McCutcheon, and Alden Bradford Owen, Jr.
The family is grateful for the caring nurses and staff at Arbor View and her many friends at Willow Valley Retirement Community, especially her dear friend Jane Fehr.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Hopewell Presbyterian Church “Making Connections” Fund.
A Celebration of Peg’s life will be held Monday, May 14th, 2012 at 11:00 A.M. at Hopewell Presbyterian Church, 80 West Broad Street Hopewell, NJ 08525 with Pastor Michael Capron officiating. Friends may call at the church from 10:00 A.M. until the time of the service. Interment will be in Old School Baptist Cemetery.


Condolences for the family of “Margaret “Peg” Owen Wert”

Condolence from Marsha Cobb Smith on May 11th, 2012 9:09 am

Kal and I send our sincere condolences to you on the passing of your Mother/grandmother. Peg became a part of our lives as her friendship with my mother, Jane Fehr, developed. They were a “rock” for each other. Our visits to Willow Valley will not be the same with Peg gone. We enjoyed her company so much and entertaining her at our summer home in Northern Michigan. We treasure the painting she made for us of our cottage….she was a woman of such intelligence and many talents. The hole she leaves in your hearts is shared by many. We are thinking of you often. Marsha and Kalmin Smith

Condolence from Michele Sipel on May 24th, 2012 10:27 am

I worked with Peg in Occupational Therapy at Willow Valley. After months of working together, we had established a friendly relationship and I thoroughly enjoyed when Peg had her appointments for therapy. I am not sure Peg enjoyed our sessions as much as I did as unfortunately, therapy often hurts. She was always a good sport and pushed herself harder than others half her age would. We would talk about anything and everything. She was very proud of her family and it was evident that she loved you all very much! She was a woman of many talents and many wisdoms. She taught me many life lessons and I will miss her pure blue eyes, her smile, and her fight! She had such a good attitude toward life which was contagious. She will greatly be missed! Sincerely, Michele Sipel

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