Peggy Ann (Rishel) Strum, 63, of Newport (and formerly of Rauchtown), PA passed away quietly on July 31, 2016 at Hershey Medical Center, Derry Township with her husband, Donald Strum by her side.
Peggy was born Thanksgiving Day, November 27, 1952, the daughter of Esther “Bess” (Rauch) and the late Robert G. Rishel. Peggy was an alumnus of Jersey Shore High School class of 1970. She moved shortly after graduation to Newport to establish a new home and raise a family. She prided herself in supporting and encouraging her children’s dreams. When her son Bill wanted to raise goats, a barn went up in the back yard. When her son Cory wanted to do Civil War reenactments, Peggy joined in. She was employed by Pinnacle Health since 1990. At the time of her passing she held the position of Senior Patient Account Rep. in the Billing Dept.
In addition to her husband and her mother, Peggy is survived by her son William Welshans, his wife Jennifer and their children Jacob, Isabel, and Tabitha; her son Cory Welshans and his fiancé Serena Bellew; a stepdaughter, April Strum; a sister Edie Cox and her spouse Sonia Graybill; a brother James Rishel and his wife Dorothy, as well as many extended family members who held her dear.
Her life will be celebrated at a private family memorial. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the National Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. The family thanks the caregivers at Pinnacle Health and Hershey Medical Center for the excellent care she received.