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Mary Louise "Peg" Dunne Bretz
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Birth: Nov. 1, 1926
Denver County
Colorado, USA
Death: May 24, 2007
Garden County
Nebraska, USA

Mary Louise "Peg" Bretz, 80, of Oshkosh, passed away Thursday evening, May 24, 2007, at the Garden County Hospital in Oshkosh.

Memorial services will be held at 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, May 29, 2007, at the St. Elizabeth's Catholic Church in Oshkosh with Bishop Joe Burnett and Mother Mary Lou Reynolds co-officiating. Inurnment will be in the Oshkosh City Cemetery.

At her request, cremation was held and there will be no visitation.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established to the Volunteer's of America, St. George's Episcopal Church or to the Oshkosh Library.

Holechek Funeral Home in Oshkosh is in charge of arrangements.

Peg was born on November 1, 1926, in Denver, Colo., the daughter of John and Jewell (Lowrance) Dunne. She grew up in Denver and received her education in Eaton, Colo. where she graduated from high school in 1944. She furthered her education at Colorado State University in Ft. Collins, Colo. and received her Bachelor's degree in home economics in 1948. While at Colorado State, she was the yearbook editor.

After college, Peg worked at the Montana State Extension Office as the Women's Editor where she wrote columns and produced radio shows. Peg met John Bretz in Bozeman, and the couple was married on September 3, 1950, in Eaton. After John returned from over seas during the Korean War, they made their home in San Francisco, Calif. and Neligh, Nebraska before moving to Oshkosh in 1955.

Peg was active in the community. She worked at McCormac's Variety for 25 years. She made numerous quilts for family and friends' babies. While raising her four daughters, she was very active with 4-H and the Girl Scouts. True to her life-long love of literature, she was a member of the Writer's Group, served on the Oshkosh Library Board, tutored Oshkosh Grade School students, read voraciously, and wrote memorable Christmas cards. She also played in bridge clubs for 50 years and occupied her spare time with crossword puzzles. She loved to garden, producing beautiful flowers and preserving fruits and vegetables from her efforts. Peg was very active in the church; she was one of the founding members of St. George's Episcopal Church in 1962 and was ordained as a Deacon in 2005. She was also part of the Garden County Ministerial Association. Curious and interested in people of all cultures, Peg thrived on learning about them, especially the local history of Sand Creek.

Peg will be best known for being a loyal and caring wife, mother and grandmother. She adopted many of her children's friends as her own; she has been known to spoil the cats as well. Overcoming many health problems, Peg had the comfort in knowing that she would receive excellent health care in Garden County.

She is survived by four daughters, Julie Bretz of Denver, Laurie Bretz of Denver, Meg Bretz-Freeland of Austin, Texas, and Amy Bretz of Chicago, Ill.; one granddaughter, Katie Freeland of Austin, Texas; and host of friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband, John in 1996 and her parents.

Family links: 
  John C. Bretz (1925 - 1996)
  Julie Ellen Bretz (1952 - 2014)*
*Calculated relationship
Oshkosh Cemetery
Garden County
Nebraska, USA
Created by: Debbie McGinley
Record added: Jun 04, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 70823735
Mary Louise Peg <i>Dunne</i> Bretz
Added by: Debbie McGinley
Mary Louise Peg <i>Dunne</i> Bretz
Added by: Debbie McGinley
Mary Louise Peg <i>Dunne</i> Bretz
Added by: Debbie McGinley
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