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Margaret "Peggy" Catherine Appleby Kemmler, 83, of Burnt Cabins, died Saturday, January 14, 2012, in Penn Hall Nursing Center. Born July 19, 1928, in Philadelphia, she was the daughter of Fred B. Appleby and Ethel Workman Appleby. She grew up in Mount Union, Pa., surrounded by her extended family. She spoke fondly of these years, working behind the soda fountain of the family pharmacy and assisting in the war effort by selling war bonds at school and knitting socks for the Red Cross to send to our soldiers. She developed a great interest in the history of Mount Union and worked very actively in the Mount Union Area Historical Society, serving as secretary until shortly before her death. She also continued the tradition of charitable knitting, by knitting sweaters for refugee children sponsored by the Methodist church in Greencastle. Peggy graduated from Susquehanna University in 1949 with a Bachelor's degree in English and History. She married Charles William "Bill" Kemmler in August 1949. In 1955, after completing his college education and two tours in the U.S. Navy, Bill and Peggy settled in Greencastle and were hired as teachers for the Greencastle –Antrim School District. Peggy taught senior and freshman English until 1983. She always said that she was blessed to have taught in an ideal teaching environment. The closeness and camaraderie shared by the faculty under Principal Jim Martz was unique. She developed close friendships that continue today and are celebrated with monthly N.O.W. dinner meetings. Greencastle and it's people held a special place in her heart. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Mount Union and continued to sing in the choir until this fall. She had a life-long love of music and felt honored to have had the opportunity to sing with the Mercersburg Community Chorus for several seasons. Peggy was an avid reader and particularly enjoyed biographies and history of the World War II era. She had a great love of the work of William Shakespeare and was a member of the Shakespeare Society of Mount Union, which met monthly to read and discuss his works. Gardening at her beloved Decorum and genealogy research were other favorite pastimes. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and brother, Fred B. Appleby, Jr. Peggy is survived by son, William Bruce Kemmler and his wife, Bonnie, of Charlotte, N.C. , daughter Ann Kemmler Mathews and her husband, Trent Mathews, of Chambersburg , 5 grandchildren: Alexis Kemmler Simpson, wife of Tom; Charles Kemmler; Benjamin Clousher, husband of Angela; Nathaniel Mathews and Zachary Mathews; and, 3 great grandchildren, Blake and Will Simpson, and Madison Blair Clousher. Peggy is also survived by cousin, Josephine Appleby Shaw of Massachusetts, sister-in-law Betty Appleby of Mount Union, and several nieces and nephews. Family will greet friends from 6-8 pm on Friday, January 20, 2012, at Miller-Bowersox Funeral Home, 521 South Washington Street, Greencastle. A memorial service and visitation with the family will be conducted at 1:00 pm, Saturday, January 21, 2012, by Heath Funeral Home at Mount Union Presbyterian Church, Shirley and Division Streets, Mount Union, Pa. Memorial Contributions may be made to the Mount Union Area Historical Society, Attention: Beverly Tilson, P. O. Box 118, Mount Union, PA 17066. Condolences may be expressed at www.bowersoxfuneralhomes.com

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