Margaret "Peggy" (nee Drendel) Kames
Born: November 18, 1926 in Naperville, IL
Died: June 23, 2021 in St. Charles, IL
Margaret "Peggy" (nee Drendel) Kames, a longtime resident of St Charles and Geneva, Illinois, died peacefully from Lewy body dementia on June 23 at the Bickford of St. Charles, surrounded by the love of her family.
She was born November 18, 1926 in Naperville to Ralph and Coletta (Wherli) Drendel. Peggy was the first child to be baptized at the current S.S. Peter & Paul Church, Naperville. Following graduation from Naperville High School in 1944, she worked in Chicago at US Gypsum Company. Peggy was united in marriage to Donald Kames, son of Edwin and Ellen Kames of Batavia on January 31, 1948 at S.S. Peter & Paul Church, Naperville. The couple farmed in Batavia before moving to a home next to the DuPage Airport where Peggy found life-long friends on Keil Road. Peggy was a bookkeeper for a number of businesses including Pheasant Run and The Galleon (now St. Charles Place). Peggy moved to Longmeadow Drive in Geneva in 1995. She remained a parishioner at St. John Neumann, relishing her daily ritual of going to mass and breakfast at Corfu with friends after rising to read three newspapers. She was an avid reader, an ardent gardener, enjoyed going antiquing and to estate sales with family and friends and painting watercolors.
Peggy was a natural community builder and devoted volunteer throughout her life. She led Cub, Brownie and Girl Scout troops at St. Patrick's School in St. Charles. Her connection to her community meant she was always willing to lend a hand where it was needed. The Kames's were among the founding families of St. John Neumann Parish in St. Charles. Peggy was instrumental to the establishment of the St. John's Silver Foxes senior group, and took several leadership roles, most notably with their bowling league. She enjoyed the camaraderie of a number of bowling leagues in the area throughout her life. Her scouting leadership experience led her to organize many bus trips and outings for local seniors and her extended family.
Peggy had a giant capacity for kindness and love, especially for the underdog. This came in handy for a lifelong Cubs fan. However, she was delighted to enjoy their World Series win. She had a sense of adventure that fit well with her husband Don's love of flying and took her all over the world on trips with friends after Don died. Although she experienced some hard losses in her life, Peggy never lost her sense of hope and optimism. She fiercely loved her family and friends. She had a wonderful capacity for fun, a great sense of humor, plenty of wry comments and a fighting spirit until the end.
She is survived by four children Donald (Laurie) Kames Jr., Stephen (Joann) Kames, Louise Kames, and JoEllen (Timothy Sheehan) Kames; seven grandchildren Keri (Scott) Hamlin, Larissa (Lee) Toutant, Douglas (Stephanie) Kames, Meagan Lunsford and Matthew (Tabi) Lunsford, Anna Sheehan and LiLi Sheehan; nine great grandchildren Aidan Hamlin, Lee Toutant, Jonathan Toutant, Jameson Toutant, Haleigh Kames, Audrey Kames, Remy Kames, Greysen Lunsford and Olivia Lunsford; her sister-in-law Shirley Kames Thee and a large family of nieces and nephews.
She is preceded in death by her husband Donald A. Kames; her children Martin Kames, and Eilleen Lunsford; her parents Ralph W. and Coletta Drendel; her siblings, Vincent (Esther) Drendel, Helen (Rex) Norris, Martin (Lou) Drendel, Rose (Frank) Cozzoni and Shirley (Bill) Avery. Peggy will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved her.
Visitation will be from 9:30 until 10:30 am Monday, June 28, at Moss Funeral Home 100 S. 3rd St, St. Charles. The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday June 28, at 11:00 am at St. John Neumann Church 2900 E Main St, St. Charles. Interment will be at River Hills Memorial Park, Batavia.
In lieu of flowers, the family has designated the St. John Neumann Church, St. Charles, Illinois for memorial contributions.
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Published by Suburban Life Publications from Jun. 25 to Jul. 2, 2021.