Peggy or Margaret Rydberg of Superior, Wisconsin passed away Friday, February 10, 2012 in her home after a 7 year battle with breast cancer. She was 52 and was to turn 53 in April of this year. In Superior she was known as “Peggy Johnson” to many folks. (When she was three years old her mother was killed in a car accident. Her father did a great job of raising his three children.)
Peggy married Mike Rydberg in 1986 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Superior. They had two children who are know adults, Ashley and Kassie.
Peggy was on the leadership team that helped start Circle of Hope, was the former vice chair of the organization in the start up.
Struggling with cancer in so many body organs, Peggy met some Jehovah Witness folks that came to her house. She was struggling with her faith with terminal cancer. I believe it is because she had faith, ate well, and was so physically active in sports all her life, that she did as well as she did for so many years. Peggy wanted to learn all she could about the Bible, so it would help her with her final journey. She developed some lasting friendships with other women, one even a breast cancer survivor. Peggy loved being a caregiver and helping others. She loved the tight knit community that it provided her in her time of despair. She was always cheerful on the outside though.
Peggy hoped so for a cure or someway to turn her breast cancer around.
In her past, Peggy worked for close to 20 years at St. Luke’s Hospital in Duluth. She worked at other facilities in Duluth as a Health Unit Program coordinator, and she was also a hair dresser in her spare time.
Peggy was thrilled to be a grandmother, she felt it was a milestone she would not reach with her disease. When her red haired grandchild named Madeline came into this world, she was elated. She wanted to care for her more but knew that she had health issues to contend with.
She volunteered at Essentia Health, St. Mary’s Hospital in Superior. Peggy loved spending time with her family, camping at the camper in Barnes, golfing, cooking, reading, going to concerts, traveling, bowling, and riding her motorcycle in the Ramblin Rose’s women’s motorcycle group. She was part of a support group, Circle of Support for many, many years. In 2001 she completed a marathon in Dublin, Ireland.
In April of 2011, she decided to become baptized as a Jehovah Witness. It gave her a peace of mind and a connection in the religious community in which she lived.
She is survived by many relatives, two brothers, Pat and Ken, and a sister, LeeAnn. Her parents proceeded in her in death.
Her visitation is Thursday, February 16th at Lenroot-Maetzold Funeral Home in Superior from 5 p.m.-8 p.m. The funeral is at 11:00 a.m. with Jim Abbott officiating. Visitation is one hour before the funeral.
We will always remember her spark, enthusiasm, passion, and love of life. A cancer patient has much to contend with in their final journey. Her story can be found on the Circle of Hope website near the end of the site. http://www.circleofhopeduluth.org/