Margaret Mary (Peggy) Schuett (nee Burke) of Calgary passed peacefully away on Saturday, May 20, 2006 at the age of 85 years.
Peggy was born March 5, 1921 at Kingston, Ontario to Albert and Margaret (Sullivan) Burke. One of five children, she grew up in a proud Irish Catholic family. During the war, Peggy worked in Ottawa and then returned to Kingston where she met her husband George. They married June 21, 1943 and crossed Canada many times, living in 17 cities and 5 provinces. An independent and resourceful woman, Peggy moved with their three children in advance of her husband to set up the new family home. She loved entertaining the many friends and family with whom she and George shared their lives, but she treasured her quiet time also, creating beautiful needlework and tending her adored garden. When George retired, he and Peggy began travelling the country returning to places they loved and exploring the many parts of Canada, making new memories and new friends along the way.
After George passed away suddenly in 1978, Peggy went to work for ten years until she retired. Her greatest legacy was the inspiration she provided her family: an open-minded spirit, tireless perseverance, and enthusiasm and joy for life. Her greatest influence is most evident in the imaginations and independence of her three children, six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Peggy was caring, humble, romantic, and accepting of everyone. There was never a person who met her who did not love her fun loving and generous spirit.
Peggy smiled all the days of her life including her last in spite of the burden of Alzheimer’s disease. She was a source of joy for everyone she knew. Family and friends alike will remember her as “Grandma Peggy” with a ready smile and a “twinkle in her eye”. Full of fun and always enjoying a good laugh, Peggy brought life to every gathering.
Peggy was so proud of her family and is survived by her two daughters, Margie Schuett of Toronto and Kate Munoz (John Preston) of Calgary; by her son and daughter-in-law, Bob and Cheryl Schuett of Calgary; by her six grandchildren, Jennifer and her husband Dick McDougall, Karen (Chris Graham), John (Lindsey Hodgson) of Toronto, Rebecca (Ryan Kalmacoff), Robbie and Megan; and by her four great-grandchildren, Robyn, Blake, Abby and Burke McDougall. She is also survived by a brother and sister-in-law, Bill and Mary Burke of Drumheller, their children, Julie, Dan and Mark (Natalie) and their families; her niece Jackie; her nephew Hugh. Peggy was predeceased by her husband George Schuett in 1978; her two sisters, Evelyn (Jack) and Rita (Ben); and her brother Power (Connie).
Relatives and friends are invited to Prayers and Tributes at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S Fish Creek Chapel (14441 Bannister Road S.E.) on Wednesday, May 24, 2006 at 7:00 p.m. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Bonaventure Catholic Church (1600 Acadia Drive S.E.) on Thursday, May 25, 2006 at 10:30 a.m. with the Rev. William Stephenson, Presider. Graveside Service to follow at St. Mary’s Cemetery. Forward condolences through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Alzheimer Society of Calgary, #201, 222 – 58 Avenue S.W., Calgary, AB T2H 2S3 Telephone: (403) 290-0110. The family would like to express their sincere gratitude to all the staff at the Mackenzie Towne Care Centre for all their genuine care which made Peggy’s past three years so happy and comfortable. A special thanks goes to Gail Taylor for her compassion, support and friendship.
In living memory of Peggy Schuett, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES Fish Creek Chapel, 14441 BANNISTER ROAD S.E. Telephone: (403) 256-9575.Print This Obituary & Condolences