05/20/12 - NNHS Newsletter - Peggy Lenz Turnage
Audrey Lenz Turnage
Newport News High School Class of June 1943
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
Peggy Turnage, 85, passed away Wednesday, May 16, 2012.
|Peggy Lenz Turnage|
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 HaveBuckroe!
Love to all, Carol
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Shall we gather at the
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.
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