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Margaret Ellen "Peggy" Hiss, 85, Donaldson, Indiana, passed away peacefully Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017, at the Catherine Kasper Life Center. Peggy was born June 8, 1932, in South Bend, Indiana, to Walter B. and Evelyn J. (Haines) Barrett.
She loved gardening, her flower gardens, vegetable gardens, and many indoor plants. Her greatest joy was spending time with and caring for her family. This included years as a farm wife, loving mother, and good neighbor. Peggy drove a school bus for the Plymouth School system for 13 years.
On May 19, 1956, Peggy became the bride of John Charles Hiss in a ceremony at St. Michael Catholic Church in Plymouth. They enjoyed 57 years of marriage when John preceded Peggy in death Feb. 6, 2014. Peggy was an active member of St. Michael Catholic Church for many years; she and John then joined the Maria Center community in 2009 and attended Mass at the Catherine Kasper Home Chapel.
Left to cherish Peggy's memory are her son, Charlie (Nancy) Hiss, Kokomo, Indiana; her three daughters, Nancy (Bryce) Gardner, Santee, California, Debra (Hal) Brey, Tigard, Oregon, and Judy (Ken) Skarbeck, Indianapolis, Indiana. Peggy was further blessed with three grandchildren, Megan Hiss, Molly Skarbeck and Ellie Skarbeck. Also surviving are Peggy's brother, James (Vivian) Barrett, Walkerton, Indiana; and her sister-in-law, Bev Barrett, Argos, Indiana.
Peggy was preceded in death by her parents, her beloved husband, John; two sisters, Marilyn (Ralph) Haisley, Lois (G. Edward) Cook; and her brother, Walter "Bud" Barrett.
The Van Gilder Funeral Home is honored to be caring for the Hiss family. We extend our deepest heartfelt condolences to the Hiss family.
A funeral for Peggy will be at 11:15 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 13, with visitation from 10 to 11 a.m. at the Catherine Kasper Life Center Chapel, 9601 Union Road, Donaldson, IN 46513, with the Rev. Father John Zemelko officiating.
A time of visiting with the Hiss family will be from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 12, in the Catherine Kasper Life Center Chapel. The praying of the Rosary will follow from 6:30 to 7 p.m.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Catherine Kasper Activity fund; Maria Center Activity Fund or the Maria Center Ancilla Mission Club c/o Catherine Kasper Life Center, P.O. Box 1, Donaldson, IN 46513.
Friends are invited to sign the online guestbook and share memories of Peggy at www.vangilderfuneralhome.com.
Published on December 8, 2017
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