Margaret E. “Peg” Waber

Margaret E. “Peg” Waber

Passed away Thursday, January 20, 2011, in Grand Rapids. Mrs. Waber was born August 1, 1926, in Otsego to Fred and Alice (Root) Wood and was a lifelong resident of the area. She was raised on a farm where she learned to garden, cook, sew and work hard and enjoyed these activities all of her life. For many years she had been employed at Shakespeare Industries and Kal-Equip Industries. In the 1960s Peg and Fred began rock collecting. She was an avid reader and enjoyed playing cards and bingo. She served as treasurer for the United Methodist Church of Otsego and also the Kalamazoo Gem and Mineral Society, where she was very active in volunteering. She was a birdwatcher and was part of the Audubon Society. Peg especially enjoyed her grandchildren.

On October 27, 1944, in Otsego, she married Fred “Ted” Waber, who died in 1987. Also preceding her in death were her parents; a brother and a sister, William Wood and Gertrude Garrison; and two sisters-in-law, Ellen Wood and Eleanor Wood. Surviving are four children, Charles (Helen) Waber of Lowell, Ellen Radke of Plainwell, Donna (Glenn) Beaman of Otsego and Anna (Chris) Wickey of Covert; ten grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; a first great-great-grandchild to be born soon; two brothers, Robert (Mary Ann) Wood of Otsego and Richard (Donna) Wood of Cooper; a son-in-law, Mark Radke of Otsego; several nieces and nephews.

Peg’s family will receive friends from 5 to 7 P.M. Sunday and 10 to 11 AM Monday at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego, where funeral services will be held at 11:00 A.M. Monday, Pastor Joe Shaler and Pastor Jim Grant officiating. Burial will follow at Earl Cemetery.

Contributions in memory of Peg may be made to the Otsego United Methodist Women or the Kalamazoo Gem and Mineral Society.

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