Peggy Ruth Minnick, 69, died peacefully on Nov. 22 after a long illness. Born in Omaha, Nebraska on Dec. 20, 1951, she and her family moved to River Forest in 1957. A 1970 graduate of Oak Park and River Forest High School and a proud University of Iowa Hawkeye, she earned her B.A. in Special Education and Spanish at the University of Iowa and went on to receive her M.A. at Concordia University in River Forest with a specialty in School Administration. She taught special education at Morton High School in Cicero for many years before retiring in 2009.

She enjoyed an active social life, traveling to China and going on many “girl trips” with friends from high school. She had two Bijon Frises, B.J. and Minnie, who were her furry babies. They provided her with great enjoyment for many years.

Peggy is survived by her brother, Jim (Phyllis); her sister, Nancy (Tom “Red” Barendt); her nieces, Elizabeth and Julie; and many great nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her father, James S. Minnick and her mother, Ruth Minnick.

A celebration of Peggy’s life will be held at Zimmerman-Hartnett Funeral Home on Sunday, Dec. 5, from 1 to 5 p.m.

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