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Peggy Denenfeld

April 18, 1923 - September 8, 2018
Kalamazoo, MI



At the family's request memorial contributions are to be made to those listed below. Please forward payment directly to the memorial of your choice.

WMU Foundation
1903 West Michigan Avenue
Kalamazoo, MI 49008
(269) 387-8700

Phillip S. Denenfeld or Mark S. Denenfeld Memorial Scholarships.


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1830 S. Westnedge
Kalamazoo, MI 49008
(269) 349-4961
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Life Story / Obituary


Age 95, died Saturday, September 8, 2018. Peggy was born April 18, 1923 in Highland Park, the daughter of Max and Adeline Mudie. She graduated from Highland Park Junior College. On September 6, 1948, she was united in marriage to Philip Denenfeld. They moved to Kalamazoo in 1956 when he joined the faculty at W.M.U. She was a decades-long member of the University Dames. Surviving are two sons: Stephen (Marlene) Denenfeld of Kalamazoo and Paul Denenfeld of Grand Rapids; two grandchildren: Risa (Rick) Wernimont and Mark Denenfeld; three great-grandchildren: Oliver, Adeline, and Leo Wernimont; and several nieces and nephews. A life-long New Deal Democrat, she was thrilled by the election of African-American President Barack Obama. She was preceded in death by her parents; her brother, George; her sister, Catherine; her husband, Philip in 2000; and a son, Mark in 1985. In accordance with her wishes, a cremation has taken place and there will be no visitation or memorial service. The family will hold a private gathering in the near future. Please visit Peggy’s personal web page at www.BetzlerFuneralHome.com, where you can archive a favorite memory or photo and sign her online guestbook. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the W.M.U. Foundation for the Philip S. Denenfeld or Mark S. Denenfeld memorial scholarships. Arrangements by Betzler Life Story Funeral Homes, 6080 Stadium Drive; Kalamazoo (269) 375-2900.