Peggy was born in South Haven, Michigan on April 19, 1931, to Harold and Esther Soergel. She attended South Haven Schools where she discovered her love for teaching, receiving her BA in Education (Cum Laud) from Michigan State University where she met and married Alan Kreps in December of 1952, six months prior to their graduation. She was a member of Kappa Delta Sorority. After spending two years with her husband who was serving in the Air Force, Peggy began teaching the physically and mentally handicapped in Tallahassee, FL before moving to Orlando in 1962.
Though her paid teaching career was short, she became very active in her children's schools, serving many terms as President and other offices of the PTA at Lake Como Elementary. She led troops of Cub Scouts, Brownies and Girl Scouts for many years. She was one of the first volunteers in the "Additions Program" in Orange County Schools, visiting 30 to 40 schools per year showing and lecturing on rocks and minerals. She became known as the "Rock Lady" to many generations of students. She also loved and gave of her time and talents to the Sorosis Women's Club for over 50 years, heading their outreach to one of the local nursing homes with monthly birthday bags for residents and prepared Easter baskets for the girls at House of Hope. Peggy also served on the board of the Prevention of Child Abuse for many years.
Peggy taught Sunday School for 70 years beginning when she was in high school until recently. She also helped teach weekday school at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church often transporting children to and from the church. She sang in her church choir for 50 years and was a long standing member of the LWML. Peggy, along with her husband Al, participated for many years with the Via de Christo program through their church. Some of the many awards Peggy has received including being selected as "Mother of the Year" in the State of Florida by American Mothers, Inc., in 1989, the "Good Samaritan" award from Lutheran Services Florida, and many from Orange County Schools.
Her volunteer efforts did not take from loving and mentoring her husband, children, grandchildren and great grandchildren, the joys of her life. She was a shining example to her family and was largely responsible for leading all to love the Lord and each other. She and her husband were privileged to have traveled extensively both in the states and abroad including cruises to Hawaii, the Caribbean, Europe, Scandinavia, and Mexico.
She is survived by her four children, Kim (Teresa) Kreps, Gary (Susan) Kreps, Karen (Jeff) Adkins, and Helene (Doug) Rothell, her grandchildren Kristen (Tristan) Moronni, Kevin (Misty) Kreps, Kenny (Becca) Kreps, Alison (John) Moel, Randy (Jamie) Kreps, Eric Kreps, Jeffrey (Allison) Adkins, Hunter (Mariana) Rothell, and Trey Rothell, and 13 great grandchildren with two more on the way. She will be missed by all who knew her, a life long Lutheran, and we look forward to seeing her again in Heaven.
A Celebration of Life Service will be held on Saturday, January 14, 2017 at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 1515 S. Semoran Blvd., Orlando, Florida 32807 at 1:00 PM. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Prince of Peace Lutheran Church or a charity of your choice.