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05/20/12 - NNHS Newsletter - Peggy Lenz Turnage

Audrey Lenz Turnage
(d. 16 May 2012)

Newport News High School Class of June 1943

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,  

   There is still more sad news today.
  Peggy Lenz Turnage, Class of June 1943, passed away in Yorktown on Wednesday, May 16, 2012 at the age of 85

   From Fred Field (June '45) of CA - 06/04/12, 9:53 PM - "Obit. Audrey 'Peggy Lenz' Turnage":

Hello Carol,            Mon. June 4, 1011


I was very saddened to find the recent obituary for Audrey "Peggy" Lenz Turnage.  I knew Peggy at several places and times over a long span.  First as a childhood neighbor when in the very early 1930s we both lived in the 800 block of 30th Street. 


In 1937 at age nine I was recruited into the newly formed Sons of the American Legion Bugle Corps, an activity formed up by Braxton Perkins Post 25 in Newport News.  In the first meeting I was surprised to find that this supposedly all-boys marching group would be led by Majorette Peggy Lenz.


In later 30s, roller skating became popular and a number of my Walter Reed classmates were soon intensely involved.  During my own fumbling experience at the local rinks I observed that Peggy was an expert skater and in great demand as a skating partner. My close friend Russell Brooks proudly carried photos of himself skating with Peggy. 


When I arrived as a freshman at NNHS in September 1941, Peggy was already there as a junior.  Within two years she was all set to graduate with the June 1943 Class (not in 1942 as listed in her obituary).  Her senior photo appears on page 12 of the Anchor and identifies her as the Activities Editor.


Appearing in the same Anchor were her cousins Edward Lenz (page 20), and Hurley Skinner (page 12).  Her close friend and 30th Street next door neighbor, Amelia Jane Topping, is on page 24.   


In 2003 I was in contact again because I had become involved in some genealogical research about the pioneer Lenz family of Newport News.  She was anxious to learn about her early Lenz family, especially her German born great-grandmother, Elizabeth C. Lenz, b. Germany 1825, d. Newport News 1897.  I escorted Peggy to family gravesites in Greenlawn Cemetery and to historical Lenz locations in Newport News.


Nostalgic best wishes,


Fred W. Field, NNHS Class of June 1945
Fred W. Field
Loma Linda & Fullerton, CA

   Thank you so very much for this beautiful tribute, Fred. You have my deepest sympathies on the loss of your dear friend.

From the Daily Press - 05/20/12:   

                   Peggy Lenz Turnage


YORKTOWN - Peggy Turnage, 85, passed away Wednesday, May 16, 2012.

She was born and raised in Newport News and was a 1942 graduate of Newport News High School. She was a resident of York County for the past 30 years. Peggy worked as a bookkeeper for Dr. Landon Stubbs for over 40 years and then found her true passion selling cuckoo clocks at Busch Gardens for 22 years. She considered herself an unpaid "professional volunteer" spending thousands of hours serving on various committees, at her church and in York County. She was a lifelong member of Orcutt Baptist Church for over 85 years. She served as an usher, was on the hospitality committee, and was on the flower committee for over 30 years. Each week after the Sunday services, she would make small personal arrangements from the alter flowers and deliver them with a smile to those who were unable to leave their homes.


Peggy Lenz Turnage

After moving to York County in 1982, she became active in many civic organizations: York County Historical Committee, Celebrate Yorktown Committee, Yorktown Historical Society, the Yorktown Women's Club, the APVA/Preservation Society, York Poquoson Triad, and her favorite the Fourth of July Committee, where she served as secretary for 25 years. She spent many hours volunteering in the gift shops at the Watermen's Museum and at the Yorktown Victory Center. In 2007, she was honored as one of 12 York County "Citizens of the Year" for her volunteer service. Recently, she was appointed to serve on the Board of the Senior Center of York, where she loved to spend her time socializing with her many friends. Her most favorite activity was spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren.

Peggy was preceded in death by her mother, Jeanette Hehl Lenz Tomlin; her sister, Shirley Lenz Fowler; and the love of her life, her husband, Rudie.

Left to cherish wonderful memories of her are her two children, Brenda Schatzel (Leo), and John Turnage (Eileen); six beloved grandchildren, Michael (Noelle), Brian, Katie (Sean), Stephanie (Johnny), Jennifer, and Troy; and her two precious great-grandchildren, Isla and Hayden.

Her family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. tonight, May 20, at Amory Funeral Home, Grafton. A memorial service will be noon Monday, May 21, at Orcutt Baptist Church, Newport News. Burial will follow at Peninsula Memorial Park. Because Peggy was referred to as "Miss Red, White and Blue," it would be a kind gesture for all who attend her visitation and memorial service, to wear the colors of red, white and/or blue to honor her and her patriotism. Black was not her color.
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May 20, 2012

Rest in peace, my dear friend; I will never forget you.

~  Christa Doucette, Yorktown, Virginia

May 20, 2012



May 20, 2012

I have been blessed to have known you.
What a sweet, sweet lady. Always happy and made others happy just to be around you.

~ Barbara Wood, Newport News, Virginia

May 20, 2012

I remember her from 26th Street.  She and Rudie were the best skaters at the old Hygiea Skating Rink. Sorry to see this; best of wishes to all.

~  Ed Gwaltney, Hampton, Virginia
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May 20, 2012

To Brenda & Johnny and family: My deepest sympathies go to you and your families on the homecoming of your mother. Y'all will be in our thoughts and prayers during these difficult days.

~ Pinky Weatherford Dennis

May 21, 2012

John and family, my deepest sympathy at the loss of your mother and grandmother. Though I did not know her personally, through knowing many of you I know she was a special person. I know she will be missed, but that all of you will carry great memories of a wonderful life with her.

~ Sam Burns, Midlothian, Virginia

May 21, 2012

My deepest sympathy to each one of Peggy's family, also known as Ms. Yorktown.
She has blessed my life by introducing me to the Yorktown Historical Committee, and the Watermans Museum Gift Shop. Because of this, I have nothing but beautiful memories of my time in Virginia.
Once again that beautiful smile belongs to her beloved Rudy.

~  Elfriede Hansen, Choctaw, Oklahoma

May 21, 2012

May God give each of you peace during this life-changing experience.. Blessings!

~  Sue Jernigan, Yorktown, Virginia
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May 21, 2012

Peggy and I were on the board of Yorktown Woman's Club. I remember how dedicated she was to Yorktown and kept the club well-informed of all happenings. When I was in the hospital she visited me with a beautiful handmade card and some goodies. She will be missed by the club members.

~ Joanne van Riper

May 31, 2012

   Our sincerest condolences are extended to Mrs. Turnage's family and friends at this time.

  Y'all take good care of each other!  TYPHOONS FOREVER! We'll Always Have Buckroe!

                          Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty
7020 Lure Court
Fayetteville, NC 28311-9309

Shall We Gather at the River

Words and Music by Rev. Robert Lowry (1826-1899)

 Shall we gather at the river,
Where bright angel feet have trod;
With its crystal tide forever
Flowing by the throne of God?


Yes, we'll gather at the river,
The beautiful, the beautiful river;
Gather with the saints at the river
That flows by the throne of God.

On the margin of the river,
Washing up its silver spray,
We will walk and worship ever,
All the happy golden day.


Ere we reach the shining river,
Lay we every burden down;
Grace our spirits will deliver,
And provide a robe and crown.


"Shall We Gather at the River" midi and lyrics courtesy of - 07/15/07
at the suggestion of Fred Field ('45) of CA - 07/14/07
Thanks, Fred!

Greg Olsen Paintings courtesy of 01/27/05

Bunting Bar Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 07/13/09

Navy Seal clip art courtesy of - 05/29/06

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