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Peggy Josephine Rutledge

May 14, 1948November 16, 2020
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Peggy Josephine Rutledge, 72, passed away on Monday, November 16, 2020 at Lutheran Hospital. Peggy was born May 14, 1948 in Columbus, Ohio, daughter of the late Gerald K. and Mary Ann (Meyers) O'Neal. Throughout Peggy's life, she worked for a number of companies, including Knoll Pharmaceutical as a Pharmaceutical Representative, Coventry Meadows as a LPN and Activities Director, along with being co-owner and operator of Invisible Fence in the Fort Wayne Area in 1988 and Planscape, Inc. in 1991. Surviving are her husband, Phil Rutledge of Roanoke, IN; children, Colleen ( Dan) Markwood of Noblesville, IN, Kendra (Shawn Harmon) Rutledge of Roanoke, IN, and Ryan (Vanessa) Rutledge of Fort Wayne, IN; grandchildren, Sam Markwood, Maggie Markwood, Reid Harmon, Addison Rutledge, Hayden Weir, and Molly Rutledge; and sister, Patty (Steve) Sipe of Columbus, OH. A private family service will be held and live streamed on the funeral home Facebook page at the conclusion of the public visitation time. Public visitation will be on Monday, November 23, 2020 from 12:00 PM to 3:00 PM at Klaehn, Fahl & Melton Funeral Home, 6424 Winchester Road, Fort Wayne, IN 46819. The county mandated gathering limit of 25 and mandatory wearing of masks will be in place. Memorials to honor the memory of Peggy may be made to the Alzheimer's Association. Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.klaehnfahlmeltonfunerals.com for the Rutledge family.

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Jody Randol

November 23, 2020

To my dearest friend of 40 years- neighbor, party pal, bowling partner, fellow elk and the list goes on. We’ve been through a lot! Endless memories!
To Phil, Colleen, Kendra and Ryan and the Peggy’s families - everyone one of you are so very special to me. I miss you all and send my most sincere sympathies and would love to surround you with a hug.
Love to all, Jody Randol XO

Linda Kratzat

November 23, 2020

Oh, so many memories, and Peggy was ALWAYS smiling and talking and laughing in every one of them. Can't even remember a picture in my mind when she wasn't spreading joy. A heart of gold and crazy, always making every person she was with feel special. I'm sure she is smiling down on us all, worrying that we are sad. Jim and I have been thinking of you all - the family and her beloved sisters, The Ss. You are all blessed to have been so close to such a very special person.
We will miss her, and the joy that went with her, always.
Bless you all.
Giant Hugs, Linda and Jim Kratzat

Jo Ann Christiansen

November 23, 2020

Dearest Peggy...
I can’t imagine a world without you. You brightened everything.
You made everything more fun. You made us all do things we didn’t want to do but then had so much fun doing anyway. Slip and slides...red hat exercise classes....putting bags over our heads.....shopping 2 days at Stein Mart....the FUN...the FUN...the FUN!!!! I have enough wonderful memories and laughs and smiles and love from you to last every day for the rest of my life. I thank God that he allowed me to have you in my life. I will miss you deeply...sadly....but I will remember you every day and smile and laugh and feel really lucky that I got to know you and be your friend for 58 years❤️ Love you BIG....I’ll see you on the other side friend❤️

Tom & Rita Snelling

November 23, 2020

Phil, Kendra & The Family:

Tom and I are so very sorry to hear about Peggy's Passing. The times that we shared with her and you were always so much fun. The times at GMAC that were shared with Peggy and the Group will always be in Tom's fondest memories. Never a dull moment.
Peggy was one of the most happy, kind, caring, loving, souls that I know. She made you feel special every time you saw her. Please know that you all are in our prayers and if there is anything that we can do-please let us know.
Tom & Rita Snelling

Tom Lough

November 23, 2020

Phil,

From our family to yours we would like to say how very sorry we are to hear about the loss of Peggy. We are keeping you in our thoughts.

Tom, Linda and Evan Lough

Linda and Bob Mutton

November 23, 2020

Our family sends condolences to all who are missing our sweet friend. So many memories, little treasures that we will cherish. You were a blessing in so many lives. Your kindness and generosity, your outrageous and fun loving personality was contagious. Never a dull moment, never idle hands...
Your love and faith in God gave me strength. We prayed together, we laughed and cried together these are the parts of you that will forever remain. Rest in peace my dear friend.

Kevin Orr

November 22, 2020

Peggy was so full of life, loved to laugh and so caring. Growing up on Astor Avenue I was also so excited to hear that Peggy was coming home to visit her Dad and Mom where we would sit outside in her parents back yard and share stories late into the night. I owe Peggy all the thanks in the world for helping me get a job in South Bend, IN, my first job out of college. May you rest in peace!

Stephen Grady

November 22, 2020

Phil & Family, Sorry for your lose of Peggy. Thank you Phil for all you have done for Georgia thru the years. Again sorry for your lose! The Grady family

Steve & Cathy McElhoe

November 22, 2020

Dearest Phil and Family,

Words can’t begin to express how deeply sorry we are for your loss of Peggy. We always had a blast together at GMAC and boy did she love a good party, laughing and just enjoying life! She was one of a kind and we will never forget her. Hoping the great memories you have will help you to get through this most difficult time. We will raise our glass tonight with a Salty Dog and toast Peggy and her life.

Fondly, Steve an Cathy McElhoe

Kathi Glenn

November 21, 2020

I don’t know where to begin to describe one of the most beautiful people that God created. She had charm, she had chutzpah, and she had pizzazz! She wore many hats and no matter what she set out to do...she did! She loved life with an intensity that all around her were a witness to. How lucky for them. Just look at what a beauty she was...look at her and Phil’s wedding photo...she and Kim Bassinger could have been sisters!!! But most of all and best of all, if you knew her and you were part of her inner world of friends she loved you, she embraced you and she cherished you with her very big heart! I will miss her popping into my life whether for a party, a luncheon or any get together. I will miss her big beautiful smile, her wicked sense of humor, that bigger than life personality and most of all I will miss her big hugs. She really never met any strangers....SHE LOVED AND I LOVED HER!!
P.s. Gregg said she was the 1st one with a selfie stick...that’s our Peg!!!!

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