NORWALK — Marguerite (Peggy) E. (Spitzer) Wheeler, 86, of Norwalk, Ohio, passed away on Wednesday, October 2, 2013 at Fisher Titus Medical Center, Norwalk.
She was born February 18, 1927 in Jacksonville, Florida to the late Garrett E. and Kathryn M. (Hobart) Spitzer and came to this area in 1950 with her husband, Howard. Peggy was a member of the Norwalk First United Methodist Church where she sang in the Chancel Choir for 50 years and was often a featured soloist.
She was an officer and a member of the United Methodist Women’s Love Circle, taught Sunday school and vacation Bible school, served and chaired many church boards and committees, hosted Bible studies in her home, and served three years as president, and several years as secretary of the UMW. Peggy generously supported missionaries and charities. Mrs. Wheeler earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Liberal Studies from Bowling Green State University where she was a member of Sigma Rho Tau sorority and sang in the BGSU Acapella Choir. She taught music at Saint Mary’s Elementary School for two years and Christian education at Christie Lane School, both in Norwalk.
Peggy was a member of the Norwalk Lions Club Women’s Auxiliary, the Shakespeare Club, Friends of the Library, and Eastern Stars. She was also a member of Child Study Club, Card Club, and Roundabout Reading Club. Peggy and her husband, Howard, were a host family to intercity children through the Friendly Town Program. They also hosted summer foreign exchange students through the Norwalk Lion’s Club.
Peggy enjoyed traveling, especially international and domestic cruises. She attended her high school reunions in Pemberville, Ohio for 69 years. Peggy and her family vacationed annually throughout her life at Platte Lake in Benzie County, Michigan.
She was an avid reader, liked playing cards with family and friends, and collected antiques with her husband. Peggy also enjoyed being a homemaker, canning and freezing home-grown vegetables, painting, finance, bird watching, and eating chocolate ice cream. She took pleasure in designing and building her dream home with her husband. Peggy especially enjoyed singing, playing piano, and hosting family gatherings. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend. She faithfully loved and served her family, church and community, and the Lord.
Peggy was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 62 years, Howard C. Wheeler of Norwalk on March 15, 2013. Mrs. Wheeler is survived by her children, Kathryn Margaret “Katie” and David W. Clark of Columbus, Ohio, Elizabeth Diane "Betsy" and Brian F. Kniffin of Norwalk, Ohio, Victoria Anne Wheeler of Norwalk, Ohio, Reed Hobart and Christine (Horning) Wheeler of Cleveland, Ohio, and by her grandchildren, Sarah (Kniffin) and Jeffrey Lee of Nashville, Tennessee, Abigail Clark of New Albany, Ohio, Hannah Clark of Columbus, Ohio, and Laura (Kniffin) and Justin Carroll of Huron, Ohio. Peggy is also survived by her brother and sister-in-law, Nicholas A. and Barbara Spitzer of Pickerington, Ohio, and sisters-in-law, Barbara Wheeler of Wapakoneta, Ohio and Dorothy Wheeler of Alexandria, Virginia.
Friends may call from 1:30 PM until the time of service at 3:00 PM Sunday at the Norwalk First United Methodist Church, 60 West Main Street, Norwalk, Ohio. Rev. Brian Oglesbee will officiate. Interment will be in Woodlawn Cemetery on Monday. Memorial contributions may be made to the Norwalk First United Methodist Church Memorial Committee or to Stein Hospice Service, 1200 Sycamore Line, Sandusky, Ohio 44870. Walker Funeral Home, 98 West Main Street, Norwalk, Ohio 44857 is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be made by going to www.edwalkerfuneralhome.com.