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Margaret R. (Giljum) VanDeven

October 29, 1941 ~ February 4, 2024 (age 82) 82 Years Old

Margaret VanDeven Obituary

Margaret "Peggy" VanDeven of Lake St. Louis passed away on February 4, 2024 at the age of 82. Peggy was born October 29, 1941, daughter of Paul and Loretta (Welkener) Giljum.  She was the beloved wife of LeRoy VanDeven.  She and LeRoy were married in St. Louis on June 13, 1964 and celebrated 59 years of marriage prior to her passing. She was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Dardenne Prairie, MO, a member of Knights of Columbus Auxiliary, and a member of St. Joseph Medical Center Auxiliary. She had many hobbies including crocheting, knitting, working on puzzles, and volunteering.  Most of all, she loved her family, especially her grandchildren. 

Peggy is survived by her husband, LeRoy A. VanDeven; two sons, Jeffrey (Jessica) VanDeven of Browns Summit, NC and Timothy (Connie) VanDeven of St. Peters, MO; five daughters, Christine Eppinger of San Antonio, TX, Lori (John) Alsup of St. Charles, MO, Vickie (Michael) Dwyer of Orange, CA, Amy (Terry) Williams of Alton, IL, Jennifer (Jedediah) Smith of Orange, CA; four brothers, Paul (Pat) Giljum of Mehlville, MO, Philip (Lois) Giljum of Hillsboro, MO, John (Sue) Giljum of St. Louis, MO, Jim Giljum; sister, Betty Rettig of St. Louis, MO; 20 grandchildren;  9 great-grandchildren.  She is preceded in death by her father, Paul Giljum, mother, Loretta Giljum (nee Welkener), sister-in-law, Fran Giljum.  

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February 8, 2024

2:30 PM to 7:00 PM
Pitman Funeral Home
1545 Wentzville Parkway
Wentzville, MO 63385

Additional Visitation
February 9, 2024

9:30 AM to 10:30 AM
Immaculate Conception of Dardenne Chapel
7701 Hwy N
Dardenne Prairie, MO 63368

Funeral Mass
February 9, 2024

10:30 AM
Immaculate Conception of Dardenne Chapel
7701 Hwy N
Dardenne Prairie, MO 63368

Interment following funeral service

Our Lady Cemetery
8701 Orf Rd
Lake St. Louis, MO 63367


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