Peggy Ann Kruest

PETERSBURG — Peggy Ann Kruest, 89, of Petersburg died Friday, May 24 at Capri Health Care Center in North Lima after a very lengthy illness. She was born March 13, 1930 in Youngstown to the late Edwin R. and Sylvia (O’Brien) Yeaton,

Peggy dedicated her life to teaching elementary school children, with a specialty in language arts. She began her career at Washington Elementary School in Youngstown, then on to the Lisbon and Fremont school systems, and concluded her career with 31 years at the Reilly Elementary and Southeast Schools in Salem. She attended Youngstown College, received a BS Degree in Education in 1952 at Allegheny College and the MS in Education in 1978 from Youngstown State University.

She attended the First Baptist Church in Alliance and the Petersburg Presbyterian Church.

Peggy was very fortunate to have cultivated a deep affection and companionship in her later years with a longtime friend, Robert Mentzer of Petersburg. Peggy was welcomed into the family by Bob’s children, Beth (John) Siwiec of Boardman, Becky Himes of Petersburg and Bill (Janel) Mentzer of Canfield.

Peggy leaves behind a brother, William T. (Hilda) Yeaton of Ellicott City, Md., and two sisters, Elizabeth “Betty” (Paul) Myers of Sarasota, Fla., and Mary (Michael) Staffrey of Youngstown.

She is preceded in death by her parents and her husband, Paul R Kruest.

A memorial service will be held at a later date at the Petersburg Presbyterian Church. A private burial will be held at Belmont Park Cemetery in Youngtown.

Arrangements were handled by Stark Memorial Funeral Home and Cremation Services.

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