Margaret “Peggy” Weidner (1917-2017)
Winter Garden resident Margaret “Peggy” Weidner passed away Monday, Dec. 25, 2017, at the age of 100.
Peggy was preceded in death by her husband, William F. Weidner, in 1974; second husband, Charles B. Pilling, in 1992; and son, Thomas W. (late wife Ruth) in 2017.
She is survived by three children, William P. (wife Lynn) of Las Vegas, Nevada, James R. (wife Kathy) of Zebulon, North Carolina, and Nancy J. (husband John) McCarthy of Clermont, Florida. She is also survived by six grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.
Born July 19, 1917, in Detroit, Michigan, to Mervin and Adelaide Green, Peggy was a secretary for Gibbs & Co. before marrying husband Bill in 1940. They moved their family to Northville, Michigan, in 1951, where she became a member of the First Presbyterian Church, Northville Garden Club, Mother’s Club, Bridge Club and the “Friday Night Group.”
After raising her family, Peggy also stayed busy with part-time positions at local businesses such as Ely’s Garden Center and Green Ridge Nursery, as well as Crowley Milner and Continental Airlines. Peggy began a new life after moving south to The Plantation at Leesburg in 1993.
Peggy enjoyed being active, riding horses well into her 70s and traveling extensively into her 90s, including vacations to Europe and Hawaii, dog sledding in Alaska and whale watching in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.
She loved playing bridge and hosting parties, gardening, backyard birding, horses, dogs and cats, especially her beloved feline companion “Cleo.”
The family would like to thank the staff at Serenades by Sonata in Winter Garden, Age Advantage and Vitas for their support in her later years.
Peggy will be interred with her husband Bill at Rural Hill Cemetery in Northville, Michigan, after a private family ceremony planned for this spring.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Humane Society or the Alzheimer’s Association.