age 66, of New Franken, WI passed away peacefully September 29, 2021 at the Jack and Engrid Meng Hospice Residence in De Pere with her husband at her side. A strong and unending faith helped her courageously battle cancer; a journey which began for her in August 2020. Her tenacity was inspirational and will be remembered by all who loved and supported her. Peggy was born in Racine, WI on August 28, 1955; daughter of the late Roger and Cheryl (Newman) Gilbert. She graduated from William Horlick High School and furthered her education at Bryant & Stratton (International Secretarial Degree) and the University of Minnesota Mankato (magna cum laude) with a degree in Marketing and Accounting. She was united in marriage to Earl Cummings on June 2, 1979.
With a remarkable voice and passion for music, Peg began her singing career in high school as the lead female role of Ensign Nellie Forbush in the musical South Pacific. At the young age of 19 she joined Sweet Adelines where she competed in numerous World Top 10 choruses and quartets and gained many lifelong friends.
As a beautiful, caring, generous, talented, light-hearted, well-read, strong person with an infectious smile, she was truly a gift to many. Peg was an old soul who took great care of individuals she met. As a hospice volunteer for over 25 years, she often said, “the greatest gift is witnessing new life when entering this world and equally joyous is being with those in their final moments.” She served at the First United Methodist Church of Green Bay food pantry in addition to filling other ministry roles at her church. For a time, she mentored ESL students in a middle school book club setting.
Her avid love of animals, flowers, and wildlife has been displayed each year in her decorative potted planters and creative backyard bird feeding station. She and her husband are life members of Ducks Unlimited and the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation.
Peggy is survived by her husband Earl; sisters and brother: Mary Ann (Paul) Blezien of Waconia, MN, Carol Wilson of Warren, OH, and Roger (Karen) Gilbert Jr of Lee’s Summit, MO; special aunt, Margaret Newman of Cordele, GA; Sweet Adeline Sisters throughout the world; and many nieces and nephews.
Family and friends are invited to attend a visitation on October 8, 2021, at First United Methodist Church of Green Bay, 501 Howe Street, from 10:30am until the time of Peg’s Memorial Service at 11:30. Reverends Dave Wilkinson and David Kalas will officiate. A celebration (Afterglow) of Peg’s life will follow at the English Inn in Green Bay, WI. Burial will be in the Forest Home Cemetery, Athelstane, at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, a donation in Peg’s honor, to a high school music program of your choice would allow a bit of Peg to live on in song.
Roubal Funeral Home of Wausaukee.
Friday Oct 8, 2021, 10:30 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. at First United Methodist Church of Green Bay [map]
Friday Oct 8, 2021, 11:30 a.m. at First United Methodist Church of Green Bay [map]
Deepest sympathies to Earl and the entire family over the loss of Peggy. She was a wonderful person and will be missed. Praying for you all during this difficult time.
Earl, we are so sorry to read in the Peshtigo Times of the loss of Peggy. Such a shame for someone so young, and talented, and giving. We left Racine in 2006 and lived at our trailer home on Town Corner Lake until we built a house in Marinette in 2009 and moved back "home." Wish we could have gotten together with you two. You have our sympathy. God Bless! Sincerely, Sharon and John Powilaites
We were very sorry to learn of Peggy passing away. It was always a pleasure to get together with you and Peggy "At Hunting Camp." We have thought of you often this past week. It does not seem that long ago we were kids and making music in a very excellent band. The journey of life seems to involve the spectrum of experiences; some good-some very difficult. We will say our prayers for you and hope to see you again "At Camp."
Ken and Margaret Camlek
Robin…. My condolences on the passing of your dear wife Peggy. An amazing lady.
My deepest sympathy to all family and friends.
Earl, Rod and I are so very sorry to hear of your loss. We feel so very fortunate to have met Peg. She will be remembered by many as a very wonderful person. Our thoughts are with you and your family as you go through some very hard days.
Ardy and I would like to express are sincere and heartfelt condolences on your loss of Peg. we were shocked as we were not aware of her cancer diagnosis. Earl, stay strong and Ardy and I will
pray for you. May god bless her memory.
I am so sorry for the loss of Peg. I knew her for too short of a time through First Church and especially through the First Church Book Club. Her infectious smile and thoughtful insights added so much to our discussions. She will be missed. Sending sympathy and prayers.
Tater, we are so sorry to hear of the passing of Peggy. Gone to soon. RIP. We heard you had moved to New Franken awhile ago, but could not find you on face book, wanting to contact you. We live in Green Bay. Our thoughts are with you, sending prayers. Our deepest sympathy. Bill & Carol
I was shocked and saddened by the news of Peg’s passing. I remember wonderful dinners served at your beautiful house. She was so kind to me, especially during some major life changing moments. I extend my deepest sympathy to you.
Karen Morris (Melby)
Dear Earl, so sad to hear peg pasted. She was a real trouper and a classey lady. It has been a true pleasure to have known both of you. May your future be healthy and long. May she now Rest In Peace.
I’m so sorry for yourself loss Earl.
My prayers are with you.
Dear Earl & Peg's family,
I remember Peg from our days at Belgrade Avenue United Methodist Church. She was such a wonderful person, loved her laugh and sense of humor. Always so kind and compassionate.
I remember what a beautiful voice she had.
I lost my husband to cancer 28 months ago. I wish you well and when you are ready please seek out a grief support group. This is a long, hard journey.
My memories at first brought many tears, but now mostly, they bring smiles and sweet memories.
Earl, my deepest sympathy in losing the love of your life and true soul mate. She was such a beautiful person inside and out with a passion for music. I can honestly say I know how your heart is breaking! May your faith, friends and family help you through the next journey of your life. Blessings
Our hearts go out to you right now. Peg was such an amazing lady who was so kind and caring to everyone she met. Praying for comfort.
Wayne and Phyllis Latterell
So sorry to hear about Peg's passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Thinking of all of you. Peg was a special lady and she will be missed.
So sorry to hear about Peg's passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you, Earl.
I am so sorry to learn of Peg's passing. She was a VINE volunteer here in Mankato. www.vinevolunteers.com. The non-profit had just begun and I remember her as being such a help in getting things organized. As the founding Executive Director, Peg was very supportive of me and she also spent time extending care to the elderly people we served. Your loss is so great; Peg's legacy will live on at VINE in all the lives she touched throughout the years. God bless her memory.
Our deepest sympathy at the loss of Peg. We didn’t even realize she was sick. She was such a nice person with a beautiful voice and we know you will really miss her. May the Lord shine his light upon you and give you peace. We will keep you in our prayers! Steve and Jane
Sincere condolence. The few times my path crossed Peg's were always pleasant. She was the gentle giant that only good, strong ladies can be.
Trust you're well. Still making frequent trips to the rest room at work.
I’m so sorry for your loss. Peg was such a wonderful woman and friend. Know your in my thoughts and prayers!
I'm very sorry for your loss. I remember you and Peg having Steve and I over for dinner when we were in town.
Peg and I served together several times for the Christmas tea at church. She was such fun to be around and always a willing worker, a real inspiration to me.
I have followed her journey this past year and again was inspired and encouraged by the way she 'lived' her life.
She will be sadly missed by many, but not so much as you ,Earl.
My thoughts and prayers surround you at this time, Earl. Peg shined… There are some who bring a light so great to the world that even after they have gone the light remains.
My heart is hurting as I write this tribute to Peg...I loved knowing her, greatly enjoyed any time spent with her , admired her welcoming hugs, delicious food served each time I was there...in Kato and the cozy home in the woods...you remain deep in my heart...huge hugs and prayers from Mickey
Earl, our hearts are so sad. Peg loved her life with you and tried hard to get well. You took such great care of her.
With sincerity, Mary & John
The first time I met Peg I thought what a beautiful woman and then as I got to know her she was as beautiful on the inside. We all love her and will miss her, She was an awesome participant in our church. Blessings to you dear friend. Love, Mary Vander woude
“We can’t imagine the sadness you must be feeling from your loss. May the love of those around you help you through the days ahead.”
So very sorry to learn of Peg’s passing. Our deepest sympathy, love and prayers to you Earl, and all the family. Sincerely, Dennis & Marion McKeon
I am one of Peg’s many Sweet Adeline friends, and was in the audience cheering her on for many of her quarter and chorus performances. She lit up any stage…she had such presence and was truly at home there. At the same time she was humble, almost matter-of-fact about her talent. A few years ago Peg joined my church choir for a pilgrimage through Spain and France, with a stop at Lourdes. We were blessed to be able to sing at the nightly candlelit procession to the Cathedral. We joined multiple choirs from other countries and at one point the music director pulled Peg and a few other sopranos out to a mic for a featured soprano interlude. It was a complete surprise but of course Peg stepped up to it with all her grace and grit. I will forever treasure the memory of her pure voice soaring out over the thousands of pilgrims. As a friend, Peg was fiercely loyal, kind, and so thoughtful. I could always count on her wise and straightforward advice. She was notable for her gorgeous white hair, but my son remembers her as “Mom’s friend with the kind eyes.” What a wonderful tribute, especially from a teenage boy! Peg truly enriched my life and I will miss her deeply.
Rest in peace Peg - my dear friend and "chosen" family. God called you home too soon for all us but I know his plan needed you there now. Thank you for sharing your life and the positive influence you have made in my life. Your love of life, smile, song and spark will forever guide me.
I fell in love with Peg while she was a member of the Choral-Aires chorus in Illinois. Her love of music, the out-of-doors, Minnesota, Wisconsin and late night afterglows gave us so much in common. We even roomed together for both regional and international competitions. Peggy was pure joy and truly became a "sister in song". I am eternally grateful for her gift of everlasting friendship. May God's love and peace surround you now, and the many weeks to come, Earl. Thank you for all you have done.
Heaven's choir has gained an Angel.
Rest in peace dear friend.
Peg was my “sister” in Choral-Aires chorus of Sweet Adelines. We kept in touch through the years at conventions and loved seeing each other for many years. She will truly be missed. My heart aches for her husband and family. She was precious.