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Peggy Arlene VanZee

December 5, 2018 | 7 comments

The following obituary was written by Peg as an assignment for a nursing class this past summer. The only changes made were the dates and service information in the final paragraph. These were the words that Peg wanted to share about her life and the importance of love and giving back to others.

La Crosse, WI – Peggy Arlene VanZee, 48, of La Crosse, WI passed away unexpectedly on December 2, 2018. Peg was born in Ames, IA and raised in the Tomah/Camp Douglas WI area. She graduated from Tomah High School in 1988. After a few odd jobs, Peg went on to spend 21 years at The Company Store (TCS) where she worked her way up the ladder while building a family of friends that stand by her side to this day. While at TCS, Peg had a tremendous opportunity to help other employees give back to each other and the community while also having some fun.  There were many blood drives, Toys For Tots, Mitten Trees, Back To School drives, and countless other events coordinated through Peg and her Employee Relations Committee over the years.  After Peg left The Company Store, she spent some amazing time with her children before taking a part time job with Mayo Clinic.  She will jokingly tell you that during this time, she was trying to figure out what she wanted to be when she grows up.  Peg went to Western Technical College for her CNA and this fueled her love of helping patients at Gundersen Hospital where she has worked for the past 5 ½ years.  This love of patient care along with tremendous support from her favorite nurse, Heather, and an infinite amount of hospital staff, led Peg into the nursing program.  During her personal time, she loved time with her kids, Heather, and her family. Outdoor activities and adventures were favorites for her.  Peg loved giving to others with the smallest daily gestures to her annual event for the past 19 years of organizing Peg’s Team for the La Crosse Community Neighbors Day. In April 2019, we will make one last Peg’s Team to honor the 20thanniversary for her.  Her hope is that it will be the biggest and best Peg’s Team ever.

Peg told her family frequently and will share with all of you, look at the sky, sun, moon, and stars. Don’t get so wrapped up in life that you miss moments to see the beauty above us and around us.  When was the last time you took a moment to see a sunrise or find constellations in the sky?  Share these moments with the people around you often.

Peg is survived by her beloved children Maxwell, Cooper, Ruby, her special love Heather and her children Shay, Ari, and Lilly.  Two more kids that touch Peg’s life are Matix and Primrose.  Her father Lloyd, brother Clifford and his children.  Other family members include wonderful aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Peg was proceeded in death by her mother Margaret, brother Paul, uncle Arie, and both sets of grandparents Clifford, Edith, John, and Gladys.

A memorial service will be held at 5:30 PM, Sunday December 9, 2018, in the Prairie Room, at Coulee Region Cremation Group, 133 Mason St., Onalaska, with a visitation from 2:30 PM until the time of the service. Tara Shilts will be leading the service.  A memorial fund has been set up in Peg’s honor at Altra Federal Credit Union in La Crosse please make any donations payable to Peg VanZee Memorial.


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  1. Pam Boisen

    Peg was such a wonderful person to work with. She was so kind, gentle, so funny, understanding, and so inspiring. Her attitude towards life and work was amazing. Never once did I see her not smiling. She was a true friend to everyone she knew. I haven’t seen her in awhile, but will still miss her knowing that the world has lost such a great person. Rest in peace Peg. You will be missed and are loved by many.

  2. Amelia Protz Walker

    I have very fun memories of Peg from high school and am so very sorry to hear of her passing. Her smile and friendliness always brightened everyone’s day and she will be greatly missed!

  3. Susan Starkey

    Peg was a dependable professional and compassionate coworker and will be missed

  4. Thomas Sandvick

    My deepest sympathy to Peg’s family. I came to know Peg when I worked for a short time at The Company Store. She was a wonderful, caring and giving human being who will be greatly missed. Although she is no longer with us physically, her spirit and example for how to treat others will always remain in our hearts. May she Rest In Peace.

  5. Diana Gorichs

    Peg, your kindness will never be forgotten

  6. Tammy Olsen

    My memories of Peggy are all from high school, I am proud to say she was one of my good friends. Peg was a great person even back then. Her niece Kacey is one of my daughters best friends. Peg will be greatly missed but always remembered.

  7. Grace Stagman

    Worked with Peg at TCS for 10 years, I have a lot of fond memories of Peg. Peg may you Rest In Peace.
    My sympathy and condolences to her family.

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