Peggy A. Wald, 91, of Shoreview, died of cancer on Jan. 9, 2023.
She graduated in 1949 from Litchfield High School. Upon graduation, though just 17, she went to Washington, D.C., where she worked in the U.S. Hydrographic Office.
In 1950, Peggy moved to St. Paul, where she lived on Summit Avenue and worked downtown, first for the Minnesota Republican Party (though a lifelong DFLer) and later for Ben Franklin S&L. At 19, she and three other women drove an old bakery truck to Los Angeles and spent the summer living and working in Hollywood.
Earlier that year, she met Roger Wald, a St. Thomas student. They married in 1953, and moved to various places close to Rog’s teaching jobs, eventually building a house in Falcon Heights.
Peggy raised their six kids, yet still volunteered with the Brownies, Head Start and other groups. In 1979, she began a career as a Realtor. She started with Dan Dolan Realty and worked with Harstad Homes and Edina Realty before retiring in 1999.
In retirement, she and Rog enjoyed attending their grandchildren’s events, traveling in the U.S. and abroad, playing senior tennis and taking walks.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; her son Mark; her sisters Kate Merz, Bette Mathias and Dorothy Flynn; and her brothers Wally, Gerald, Chuck, John, Paul and Henry Christenson. She is survived by her children John (Marianne Remedios), Judy Werner (Mike), Beth Wald Hanzal, Tom (Brianne Scheel) and David (Karin); 12 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.
A memorial service, preceded by visitation will be held May 11 at Incarnation Lutheran Church in Shoreview. Memorials suggested to Catholic Charities.