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Margaret “Peggy” Deitz, 91, passed away on Sunday, September 3, 2017, at her home in Atlas following a brief illness. Peggy was born on January 19, 1926, in Bury St. Edmunds, England, to Clifton George Pope and Hetti Fenelli (Turner) Pope. Her father was a Sergeant in the Suffolk Regiment and served in both WWI and WWII. Her mother was a nurse during the wars. She had two brothers, Peter and Richard, and a sister Barbara, all of whom preceded her in death.Peggy was educated in schools in England, and she lived in London during the Blitz. The stories that she told were fascinating and often hilarious, and were just as interesting and funny each time she re-told them.In 1943 she met the love of her life, Merlin Deitz, who was serving with the United States Army in England. The two wed in Bury St. Edmunds, England, on July 4, 1945. Peggy immigrated to the United States, traveling via the Queen Elizabeth and arrived in New York on March 27, 1946. Merlin continued to serve in the Army in Europe while Peggy took up residence with her new in-laws in Mount Carmel, a landscape she described as being quite different than what she was accustomed to. Merlin returned home later in 1946 and the two purchased a residence at 5 State Street in Dooleyville, where they resided together until Merlin’s passing in 1998. Peggy held a variety of jobs throughout her life, including working at Sealtest, General Cigar Factory and as a caregiver to several individuals in the Mount Carmel area. Peggy and Merlin had two children. A son, Richard Deitz, passed away in 2011. A daughter, Dianne Meisner, resides in Atlas and Peggy had resided with her for the last 17 years. During this time she helped raise her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Her influence on her grandchildren was so great that one of them actually developed a British accent early in life. Peggy’s dry wit will always be fondly remembered by her family. At one point she convinced her grandchildren that she worked at an English Muffin factory…because she was British. Peggy was also known for her generosity, including many instances that will remain anonymous. Up until the age of 91 she was still knitting for others and for those in need by knitting hats for the needy. She was also an avid Elvis fan, with her room decorated with Elvis calendars and pictures. Peggy also enjoyed spending time with her family, listening to music, and reading. She would read the News Item from front to back each day, clipping out articles about people she knew and keeping them in books. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her. Survivors include her daughter Dianne (whom Peggy always referred to “Annie”), daughter-in-law Erin Wolfgang, as well as four grandchildren and five great-grandchildren: Tracy Noll resides with her husband Eric and twin daughters Abigail and Lauren in Shamokin. Kristi Fallat resides in Kulpmont. Felicia Deitz resides with her daughter Addison in Mount Carmel and Joshua Meisner resides with his wife Vanessa and children Aliza and Kaleb in Atlas (and are expecting the arrival of their third child soon). Additionally Peggy is survived by numerous nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews living in England. Preceding Peggy in death were her parents, siblings, son Richard Deitz, and son-in-law Harold “Leggs” Meisner. Funeral Services will be held Saturday Sept. 9,2017 at 2:00 P.M. from the United Methodist Church, Mt. Carmel,PA. Rev. Kay Painter Officiating. Interment in Mt. Carmel Cemetery. Visitation Saturday 1:00-2:00 P.M. from the Church. Willard Rothermel Funeral Home,Mt. Carmel. Ray Rothermel, Supervisor. Charles Heizenroth III, F.D.


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Mt. Carmel
Mt. Carmel, PA 19135

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