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Peggy E. Strobel, 84, of Lebanon, passed away Sunday, Oct. 2, 2016, at Signature Healthcare at Parkwood in Lebanon. She was born on Dec. 31, 1931, in Huron, South Dakota, a daughter of the now late Herman and Amanda Strobel, although she and her younger brother, Maurice, grew up in Aberdeen, South Dakota.
Peggy graduated from Aberdeen High School then earned her registered nurse degree at the Mayo Clinic's Kahler School of Nursing in Rochester, Minnesota, in 1955. Peggy was commissioned into the U.S. Army's Nursing Corps, earning rank of captain. She was stationed at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, Texas.
Upon leaving the Army after eight years of service, she moved to Witham, New Hampshire, where she commuted to Massachusetts General Hospital as a registered nurse.
She married John O'Halloran and raised three adopted children. In 1999, she moved to Indiana to be closer to her brother. While she worked in all aspects of nursing, she valued her time on the floor in recovery the most.
Peggy often said that her family and faith gave her the strength to overcome adversity, including two severe traffic accidents. She joined the Roman Catholic Church when she was in nursing school in Minnesota, and regularly attended Mass and Rosary. She was trained to be an oblate of Saint Benedict.
She was a loyal Red Socks fan and an avid reader of inspirational works and romances. Her friends and family described her as a lady with beautiful manners, a kind heart, gentle spirit and a fun loving attitude.
Peggy is survived by her brother Maurice (Audrey) Strobel of Frankfort; niece Kari Ragsdale of Thorntown; and nephew David Strobel of Tampa, Florida.
Peggy's family held a memorial service at the nursing home officiated by Sister Sharon Bierman. Peggy requested that her remains be cremated and the ashes taken to South Dakota at a future date.
No services are planned. Myers and Hunt Mortuary and Boone County Crematory have been entrusted with the arrangements.
Online condolences may be made at www.myersmortuary.com
Published on October 17, 2016
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