Margaret (Peggy) Mary Wussow

September 03, 1937 - September 23, 2022


Obituary For Margaret (Peggy) Mary Wussow

Verona - Margaret (Peggy) Mary Wussow, 85, passed away September 23, 2022. Peggy was born to John L. and Catherine M. (Crowley) McIlhone, a chemical engineer and a nurse, in Waukesha, WI on September 3, 1937. After raising her children, and earning her Bachelor of Science degree from Marquette University, and a Master’s degree in Educational Rehabilitation Counseling from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Peggy worked for more than 20 years at Kewaunee County Community Program. She counseled clients and was an instrumental force in finding better ways to serve the community and the State of Wisconsin. Later in life she became a Benedictine Oblate through Holy Wisdom Monastery. Peggy was a contemplative thinker, a lifelong learner, a great listener, and a peaceful presence.

Peggy married Dr. Robert F. Chojnacki on October 10, 1959 and they were blessed with 7 loving children. Peggy raised her children with love, patience, and compassion. She encouraged her children and grandchildren to always be creative and head into life with confidence. Later in life Peggy enjoyed collecting art with her second husband, Dr. George C. Wussow, as well as spending her time reading mysteries and creating religious icons. Peggy would say that her greatest achievements in life were her children and grandchildren. Her home was always a sanctuary of comfort and love.

Peggy is survived by six children: Erin (William) Lightfoot; Catherine (John Kelly) Holly; Robert (Cheryl) Chojnacki; Thomas Chojnacki; Mary Chris (John) Fritz, and Anne (Achim) Thomsen, and her first husband, Dr. Robert Chojnacki; 14 grandchildren: Nicole Thomae, Brittney Welsch and Danny Welsch; Matthew Chojnacki and Rachel Pollard; Sara Ohlgren, Megan Miller, Emma Beaumier, Louisa Chojnacki and Nathanael Chojnacki; Arianna Fritz and Anna Fritz; Aidan Thomsen and Henri Thomsen. Also surviving are two sisters, Noreen (Dennis) Filippelli, and JoAnn Weinkauf and one brother, Frank (Elaine) McIlhone; and many loving nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, George; a daughter, Margaret Chojnacki; a grandson, David Holly; daughter-in-law, Suzanne Chojnacki; brother, John McIlhone; sister-in-law, Rose McIlhone, and brother-in-law, Jay Weinkauf.

The family will celebrate Peggy's life with a private memorial service.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to National Public Radio at or Holy Wisdom Monastery in Middleton, WI - To view and sign this guestbook, please visit:

Ryan Funeral Home & Cremation Service 2418 N Sherman Ave 608-249-8257

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  • 02/15/2023

    Good-bye to the woman that I knew primarily as Cathy's Mom. I hope that you have found peace in God's majestic kingdom. Until we meet again. Love, The Ostermeyer Family

  • 10/06/2022

    Unfortunately, I have not seen Peggy in a few years but will always remember the kindness she showed me - she will be missed - my sincerest sympathy to the family Susan Dalsasso

  • 10/03/2022

    To the Wussow/Chojnacki family - Sincerest condolences for the loss of Peggy. May her memory continue to live on in her family that truly loved her so much. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time. - Megan Limanni at Cohesion

  • 10/03/2022

    Peggy was a special person whom I was privileged to call a dear friend. We met almost 20 years ago and bonded immediately. I'll miss her beyond description.


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    5 Trees were planted in memory of Margaret (Peggy) Mary Wussow - October 19, 2022

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