Peggy was born March 13, 1922 to Ruth and George Smart and grew up in Lakeland. Following her husband Bill Belz death in 1961, with six young children, Peggy went to work as the Executive Secretary and Chapter Executive for the American Red Cross. For 24 years she was on call 24/7, helping untold local, military and disaster affected families. She was also active in 4-H, FFA, League of Women Voters, PTA, Washington County Fair Board and other civic organizations. She was an active member of St. Croix Valley United Methodist Church.
In 1990 she happily added six children, their spouses and 29 grandchildren when she married Bob Wolter and moved to Nodine, Minn. There she was active in St. John’s Ev. Lutheran Church for 20 years. A believer in life-long learning, she and Bob attended many classes. She completed her last class on Mississippi River ecology in 2011. Peggy lived this past year at Croixdale in Bayport, Minn. She will be deeply missed by all.
She is survived by children Weston Belz (JoAnn), Dianne Wood (David), Janell Pohlman (Elden), David Belz (Gabriel), Scott Belz (Marie) and Jim Belz (Julie); step-children Jeff Wolter (Stacy), Mary Lou Meyers (Neal), Julie Myers (Glenn), Susan Loken (Bob), Brenda Stinson (Terry) and Tim Wolter (Tina); 43 grandchildren and many great-grandchildren.
In keeping with her love of learning, Peggy has gifted her mortal remains to the University of Minnesota.