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Peggy L. Bangert, age 89, passed away on Thursday, August 30, at Ecumen Pathstone Living in Mankato, with family by her side. Memorial Services will be held on 10:00 A.M. Saturday, September 15, at Grace Lutheran Church, Albert Lea. Visitation is one hour before the service at the church. Interment will be in Alden Cemetery. Peggy was born on June 23, 1929 on a farm near Kiester, Minnesota to Corald and Wilma Johnson. When Peggy was five, her family moved to Alden, Minnesota where Peggy attended school. After high school graduation, Peggy worked for Wilson’s in Albert Lea. On June 6, 1948 she married her high school sweetheart, Melvin R. Bangert, and to this union six children were born. For several years, Peggy worked as a ward clerk at Naeve Hospital in Albert Lea. Surrounded by health care, Peggy’s interest in being a nurse peaked. She began her studies to become a registered nurse in 1973. Upon completion, Peggy continued to work at Naeve Hospital as an RN until she and Melvin moved to Sun City West, Arizona. There Peggy worked for the Del Webb Hospital in the Medical Psychiatric area. In 1999, Peggy retired from nursing and she and Melvin returned to Albert Lea. In 2011, the Bangerts moved into an assisted living unit in Mankato, Minnesota. Peggy and Melvin were married for 68 years. Peggy is survived by her children: Becky (Kurt) Ross of Cleveland, MN, Richard of Circle Pines, MN, Julie Miller of North Mankato, MN, Timothy (Jody) of Rochester, MN and Andrea (Alan) Puterbaugh of Star Prairie, WI, 14 grandchildren, and 20 great grandchildren. She is also survived by her brother Richard (Marilyn) Johnson, Stewartville, MN, her sister Anita (Claude) Seigler, North Mankato, MN, two special nieces, Linda Zimney, St. Louis Park, MN and LeAnn (Glen) Juveland, Albert Lea, MN, two sisters-in-law, and many friends. She was preceded her in death by her husband, Melvin, baby daughter Pamela Jo, grandchild Josiah, brothers Vernon, Don, Gordon and sister, Carol Petersen. Peggy had a passion for playing games and cards, in particular Bridge. She was grateful for the many blessings God bestowed her, especially the joy she received while spending time with family and friends. Her faith in God was strong and she enjoyed learning about the people and events from the Bible. Memorials are preferred to Ecumen Pathstone Living or donor’s choice.