Margaret "Peggy" Albertson

September 4, 1916November 29, 2013


Peggy Albertson, 97, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on Friday, November 29, 2013 at Edgewater in West Des Moines, Iowa. Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Monday at McLaren’s Chapel with burial at Resthaven Cemetery.

Peggy was born September 4, 1916, in Milo, Iowa, to Loran and Juniata (Runyan) Niles. The youngest of four children, Peggy had three brothers, John Gaylord, Luther Dale and Charles (Red) Niles. After attending Milo High School she graduated from the Mercy Hospital School of Nursing. She was a Lieutenant in the U.S. Navy serving on Guam in the Pacific during World War II. Peggy married Gordon L. Albertson in 1946 and settled in Des Moines where they raised three children. She was a registered nurse for a long and varied career that included private and institutional practice.

Peggy was a longtime member of the American Legion, Eastern Star and St. Mark Lutheran Church. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and Navy nurse. She embraced life in a caring and generous way with everyone she knew. She expressed her love with immediate support, compassion and by finding joy in every aspect of life.

Peggy is survived by her husband, Gordon of 67 years; daughter, Paulette (Neal) Metts; two sons, Steve (Faith Hodkiewicz) Albertson and Kip (Debbie) Albertson; four grandchildren, Jessica Fortin, Nicole Metts, Ashley Schott and Kurt Albertson; and four great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents and brothers.

Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until service time Monday at McLaren’s. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be given to St. Mark Lutheran Church.

“We are with you and you are with us always.”


  • Funeral Service Monday, December 2, 2013
  • Visitation Monday, December 2, 2013

Margaret "Peggy" Albertson

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Jon Book

December 6, 2013

Dear Albertson Family,

I was very sorry to hear the news of Peggy`s passing but it brought back so many great memories of our lives on Waterbury Circle. We lived only a few houses down the street and I was fortunate to have known Peggy, as she and Gordon always had an interest in our lives and what us Book kids were up to...this I will never forget. She was a wonderful woman and a great family.

Catherine Wood

December 2, 2013

My condolences to the Albertson family. Peggy was a marvelous lady, so warm and funny. I always enjoyed visits to her, as a friend and goddaughter. I still make her wonderful sugar cookie recipe at Christmas, and remember her fondly when I do.

Ann Parmentier

December 1, 2013

We want to let you know you are in our thoughts and prayers.

Pam Metcalf

December 1, 2013

Gordon and family,
Our sympathy and prayers are with all of you. Only fun,laughter,and fond story telling memories of which were told among church friends today are brought to mind. Love and Peace Pam and Metz Metcalf

Lisa Lange

December 1, 2013

My thoughts and prayers are with you and you family. Peggy was an amazing women.

December 1, 2013

Dear Gordon, Kip, Paulette and Steve - Marilyn Musser here from the Waterbury Circle days

December 1, 2013

I am sorry for your loss.
Forrest Ridgway

December 1, 2013

My condolences to the Albertson family. It is my hope that your memories will keep Peggy close. I feel her kind-heartedness now as I think of the many times she made me feel accepted and respected. She made Christmas warm and special to everyone who visited the Albertson's home. Peg and Gordon's generous hospitality was a gift I will always treasure. Thank you, Peg and Gordon.
Sharing in your sorrow, Charlotte Beseke (formerly Niles)