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Peggy J. Warnez

Peggy passed away Thursday, July 8, 2021 at Borgess Medical Center in Kalamazoo.

She was born February 24, 1953 in Kalamazoo, the daughter of Paul and Jane (Rosenberg) Williams. Peggy was a 1971 Plainwell High School graduate and lifelong resident of the area. She worked as a graphic designer for Auto Trader and J-Ad Graphics from 1983 until her retirement in 2014.

Peggy enjoyed online shopping, crocheting, swimming, walking and exercising. She loved spending time with her grandchildren and taking care of her dog. On April 21, 1972 at St. Margaret Catholic Church she married James Warnez. Together they enjoyed wintering in Florida where she liked taking walks along the beach and going to Disney World. Peggy was a member of the VFW Ladies Auxiliary in St. James City, Florida.

Surviving are her husband, Jim; sons, Aaron (Erin) Warnez of Plainwell and Daniel (Heidi) Warnez of Orlando; grandchildren, Genevieve, Abigail, Lillian, Kennedy, Sarah and Finley; her brother, Paul Williams along with many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents and brother, Daniel.

According to her wishes cremation has taken place.

A private family gathering will be held at a later time.

Contributions in memory of Peggy may be made to St. Margaret Catholic School.

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Jan Alan Jameson

July 8, 2021 at 2:29 pm

My sincere condolences to the Warnez family.


Jack & Sandy Seiler

July 8, 2021 at 4:13 pm

Aaron and all your family; so sorry to hear of your loss.

Prayers and sympathy.


Anne Flegal Kirby

July 8, 2021 at 4:55 pm

I am sorry for the loss to the Warnez family. May she rest in peace.


Jan Erlandson

July 8, 2021 at 5:15 pm

Aaron and Jim. We were shocked to hear of the passing of Peggy. Her passing leaves a huge hole in all our hearts. Know she is safe in heaven, seeing friends and family that left prior. God will comfort you during these trying days.


Jon & Christine Campbell

July 8, 2021 at 5:34 pm

Jim and family, so sorry to hear about the loss of Mrs. Warnez. Wife, mother and grandmother.


Ingrid & Kevin Williams

July 8, 2021 at 6:16 pm

We are so very sorry to hear of Peggy’s passing. She was a wonderful women! Deepest condolences to the Warnez family.


Janice (Gates) Oakes

July 8, 2021 at 6:49 pm

Another classmate gone to early. Bless her and her family


Nancy Cendejas

July 8, 2021 at 7:28 pm

So hard to believe. I know words just can’t take away the pain or ease the grief. Just know that even though I didn’t get to spend much time with Peggy, I really enjoyed the time I did. My love to the entire Warnez family.


Matthew Murdock

July 8, 2021 at 9:06 pm

I didn’t know your Mom, Aaron, but she had to be pretty awesome if you were the result of her parenting. I am so so sorry for your loss, Warnez Family.


Michael Chase

July 8, 2021 at 9:10 pm

To the Warnez Family & Paul Williams

My condolences to the Warnez family. I remember Peggy when she lived in the same neighborhood on Gores Addition in Plainwell, Michigan. She was a real nice person. To Paul Williams I’m sorry for the loss of your sister.


Vicki Shumaker

July 8, 2021 at 9:33 pm

Much love and light to your soul, family, and friends. Fond memories of childhood with you.


Jeff See

July 8, 2021 at 9:35 pm

So very sad, Peggy was one of the kindest people I ever met, please accept our condolences and let us know if their is anything we can do


Shawn Diebold

July 8, 2021 at 11:27 pm

My sincere condolences to Jim and the entire Warnez family. I will miss seeing Peg at the lake and especially hearing her infectious laugh from a few doors down. I wish Jim and the family much strength and comfort during the difficult days ahead. RIP Peg


Lauri Rantz Stone

July 9, 2021 at 7:46 am

Jim, Aaron, Dan, Paul and families,

My heart is absolutely broken to hear this…It’s so hard to believe…

Peggy had a heart of gold…and will leave a huge void in our hearts

May God watch over and comfort all of you through this difficult time.

Sending my love, hugs and prayers ❤️❤️



Cindi Cooper

July 9, 2021 at 9:59 am

I am saddened to hear of Peggy’s death. She was a sweet and caring person, and unique in her way! I hope the Family, and Jim, her husband ,that she loved so much, know how much Peggy will be missed! My Sympathy goes out to all of you.


Sarah O’Day

July 9, 2021 at 10:26 am

Yesterday my life changed forever. I lost a sister and a best friend. Peggy and I met when I was 14 and she was 15. We practically grew up together and our plan was to grow old together. We were there for each other through the good times and the tough times. When I had a bad day at work, I could always count on Peggy to cheer me up. If she needed me all she had to do was call and I would jump. On our girls trips, she and I were roomies. When I started dating Bob, Bob and I included her. When Aaron and Dan came along, she always included me in their activities. And oh…… the fun we had together on our Walt Disney World trips. Just last fall we picked out hats together at Disney Springs. I already had plans to go back again this fall to make her get the sequined baseball cap she liked so well. Disney will never be the same. I was so very lucky to have had her in my life. It’s so hard to stop all the Peggy memories that keep rolling down my cheeks. I make a promise to my sister and my best friend that she will live forever because I will never forget. And last but, most important, I will be there for Jim, Aaron and Dan and do whatever I can to help them through their grief. And as to those beautiful granddaughters I will look for you in the twinkle of their eyes and I will never let them forget you because I wouldn’t be their Aunt Sarah without you. I will see you in my dreams wearing out hats and drinking our mudslides.


Kay Wiersma Stribling

July 9, 2021 at 10:50 am

I am so sorry to hear this. I will pray for her family and friends. We were each others first roommates! In a small upstairs apartment in Plainwell by the mill. It was accidental. We both saw the ad, we both made an appointment to see it, we both showed up with our Dad’s because we were only 17, we both wanted it and one of the parents said, why don’t you just rent it together? Duh. We had been locker buddies all through school. Last names with the “W”. We ended up having a ball and got along great. She was so much fun. She didn’t stick around with me very long (lol) because her game plan was some freedom to spend a little more time with her happily-ever-after, Jim, and get married. She had the perfect plan. She will be missed by all.


Denise Wilson

July 9, 2021 at 11:08 am

To the Warnez Family and Paul Williams, I am so sorry to hear of your loss, I had the pleasure of meeting Peggy and working with her when I work for the Homes Magazines. She was a special person she always had a smile on your face she will be greatly missed!


Bill Standish

July 9, 2021 at 11:56 am

So sorry to hear of Peggy’s passing. My heart and prayers go out to all of her family’


Aaron Kuehn

July 9, 2021 at 12:48 pm

I am so sad to see this. Peggy and I worked together at the Kalamazoo Gazette. We worked in I.T., laughed together, ate meals together and were friends. I’ll forever remember Peggy for her laugh and sense of humor, owls EVERYWHERE, and for wearing her pens as a necklaces.

My best thoughts to Jim and the rest of the family.


Patricia Finnegan

July 9, 2021 at 2:50 pm

Dear Warnez Family,

My heart goes out to you all at this sad time. Try and remember is is ourselves we feel sorry for not the person who has gone to heaven. I know with God’s help you will get through this together

Love and Prayers,



Dave Sibbersen

July 9, 2021 at 3:54 pm

Sorry to hear of Peggy’s passing. I used to see her walking down our street (Boniface Point) and would talk to her often. I went to school with her uncle, Tom Rosenberg.


Jen bethel

July 9, 2021 at 7:44 pm

I never had the pleasure of meeting Peggy but I know from Heidi that she was a wonderful woman. You were blessed to have such a positive person loving person grace your world. She will live on forever in your hearts.


Danene Shumaker

July 10, 2021 at 7:56 am

My heart broke a little bit more when I heard this news. Peggy, you are one of a kind! Thank you for taking a chance on me! Thank you for being such a great friend! Too early, you were too young. I am so sorry Jim, Aaron and Daniel…I sure am going to miss that million dollar smile and laugh! Love you Peggy!!!


Danene Shumaker

July 10, 2021 at 7:56 am

My heart broke a little bit more when I heard this news. Peggy, you are one of a kind! Thank you for taking a chance on me! Thank you for being such a great friend! Too early, you were too young. I am so sorry Jim, Aaron and Daniel…I sure am going to miss that million dollar smile and laugh! Love you Peggy!!!


Barb Warnez Brenner

July 10, 2021 at 10:59 am

Oh Peggy, how we are all going to miss you. My first memory of you was the first time I ever saw you. I was walking past the high school bus garage and we saw Jim walking and holding hands with some girl and you have been a huge part of all our lives ever since. You are one of the original goofballs as Bob nicknamed us and you have always been as close as any sister could be. From your owls and flamingos to your beautiful jewelry and hats you have always been full of love and happiness. We will so miss how much you loved to dance and your “wohoos” – especially at the annual get together at Pine Lake on the 4th of July. So many memories, so little time. Love you!!!


Paul Williams

July 10, 2021 at 3:53 pm

I will miss my sister Peggy, even though we were separated by miles, I always thought about her and her family. My heart is broken . I’ve had a few days to think on this. And it hurts to know she’s gone. To young, to strong, I will miss our infrequent texts and phone calls. Who am I going to give Gus updates to.

To brother in-law Jim, you have mine and Temples heartfelt condolences, to my nephew’s Aaron and Daniel, your mother was the best, always smiling, always had good things to say about everyone. I miss her.


Don and Andrea Guidebeck

July 10, 2021 at 7:28 pm

We are so sorry to hear of Peggy’s passing. She loved her family and was so proud of her boys, Jim, Aaron, and Daniel.


Bill & Joyce Nooney

July 11, 2021 at 5:39 pm

Jim….Bill and I had plans to invite you and Peggy and a few others to our home to grill soon….such a huge loss for you and your families. Our hearts go out to you…we will miss your lovely Bride.

Please take care of yourself


The Salinas Family

July 12, 2021 at 8:45 pm

Please accept our condolences. She was a wonderful person! The Salinas Family


Joe Bronson

July 13, 2021 at 12:16 pm

Arron and family,

I am so sorry for your loss. We will keep your family in our thoughts.


Sally texter

July 15, 2021 at 12:45 pm

I was so sad to hear of Peggy’s passing. She was a friend and a joy to work with at the Kalamazoo Gazette, super kind and always something to laugh about with her. Please accept my condolences. She was a great lady.


Joyce McClellan

July 18, 2021 at 8:48 pm

Sending prayers for comfort for the entire Warner family. at this difficult time. Cherish your precious memories always.

Dan & Joyce McClellan


Ron & Beckie King

August 6, 2021 at 3:26 pm

Dear Jim and family, we were sad to learn of Peggy passing. Much to young. She was a vivacious gal and very fun. Our Pine Island Cove friends will miss her. You are in our thoughts and prayers.


Deb Harrison

August 13, 2021 at 3:44 pm

Jim and FAMILY!!! I am SHOCKED to run across the passing of Miss Peg. I’m having trouble putting my thoughts in to words. She was a joy to work for and with . We /I have lots of fun memorys with you all….I ‘m still going to look for her, when we go buy on the boat , waving and beeping. My heart go out to you all. Bless you all. Bill & Deb Harrison


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