She was aiming for 100 but she did make it to 99!
  • 99 years old
  • Born on October 26, 1919 in Hanna, Wyoming, United States.
  • Passed away on December 26, 2018 in Douglas, Arizona, United States.

It is with sadness that we mourn the passing of Ella (Peggie) Lantz-Woerner.  She died on Dec 26, 2018, in Douglas, Arizona, at the age of 99.

Peggie, as she preferred to be called, was born on Oct 26, 1919, in Hanna, Wyoming.  She was married at age 23 to Joseph Massey, an officer in the famous Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC). They spent a few years of married life traveling while he worked on CCC projects in Grand Lake and Saguache, Colorado.  She became a widow in 1944, when Joseph died  in the infamous sinking of the SS Leopoldville troop transport in World War II. She met Robert Joseph Lantz and they were married in 1945. They lived on the east side of Cleveland where they raised two sons, Joseph Lantz and Jack Lentz.  In the early 1970’s, Peggie, now divorced, moved to Mesa, Arizona, and lived with her sister Mazie. With Mazie as her inspiration, Peggie became very active in her church, Church of the Master. She was a Deacon for many years and was very active in the Deacon’s Cupboard program where she helped collect food, clothing, and furniture to be distributed to those in need.  She was also a mentor to families who were recent immigrants to the US from places like Africa. It was at church that Peggie met another very active member, John Woerner. They were married in the 1990’s. John passed away in 2017 at the age of 102. Peggie was preceded in death by her husbands Joseph Massey, Robert Lantz and John Woerner, all WWII veterans, and her grandson, Kamm Lentz.  She is survived by her sons Joseph Lantz, Jack Lentz and her daughter-in-law Nancy Lewis  . Peggie was a kind and loving sister, mother, wife and friend. She will be greatly missed.

Posted by Nancy Lewis on January 25, 2019
Her love for life was so inspiring. She was thrilled to see what the little or big adventure was next. Even if it was someone else's adventure she wanted to hear about all the details and see photos. She was the greatest listener and wanted to know all about it. She had a sparkle in her soul which I loved. Perhaps this is how she mad it to 99. I am sure the sparkle continues on in the greatest adventure of all. Adventure on.
Posted by Bruce Woerner on January 25, 2019
Peggy was not only my dad's 3rd wife (John Woerner), but also, my friend and 3rd "Step Mother". What a wonderful lady! I can't recall a single time I saw her "without her beautiful smile"; absolutely a wonderful, ear-to-ear smile!! Peg was always uplifting to myself and family and her "sweet character" was always present. Peg was not only a friend, but also a caring, attentive and loving wife to my dad, John Woerner for his last 20 years in Mesa, Arizona. It was my pleasure to have known peg, loved peg and witnessed her last 20 years of life. As a Jesus Follower, "I know where I will see Peggy again"! With much Love, Bruce Woerner

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