Obituary of Margaret Dupuis
Margaret “Peggi” Dupuis
August 2, 1946 – June 10, 2023
It is with deep sadness that the family of Margaret “Peggi” Ann Dupuis (née Kruger) announce her passing in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, on June 10, 2023. She was born August 2, 1946, in Prince Albert, living her first few years on the family farm in Strong Pine. The Kruger family later moved to Prince Albert where Peggi attended primary school at St. Joseph’s Separate School followed by high school at Prince Albert Collegiate Institute (P.A.C.I.). Prior to beginning grade 11, the family moved to Grenfell where her father took a job managing the Beaver Lumber and Peggi completed high school. Upon graduation, Peggi pursued a career as an X-Ray Technician at the Holy Family Hospital in Prince Albert and the University of Saskatchewan. Following this, she moved to Regina to take her first job. It was during her training that she met her husband, Bernie Dupuis. They were married in Prince Albert on March 27, 1967. Soon after, while living in Saskatoon, they started their family. In 1969, they moved to Prince Albert where Bernie started working at the new pulp mill.
Over the years, Peggi worked as an X-Ray Technician at various clinics, several times putting her career on pause to raise her family. In the early 70s Peggi developed a love for archery, honing her skills at Prince Albert’s Fish and Game Club, and later the family range in the basement of their home in Christopher Lake. Peggi quickly rose to the upper tier of Saskatchewan female archers. By the spring of 1972, seven months pregnant with her youngest child, she mounted a serious challenge for the ladies’ indoor championship, and only an equipment failure in the near final round prevented her from taking top prize. Included on her list of athletic interests were cross country skiing, curling and golfing, especially Ladies’ night at Silver Hills and Saturday mixed golf at Suncrest resort in Palm Desert, California where she also enjoyed aqua-fit sessions in the pool.
In 1974, Peggi and family moved to an acreage in Christopher Lake which became their cherished country home for the next 20 years. It was here that Peggi maintained a large vegetable garden; she filled a cold room, chest freezer and canning shelves each year with her yield. Gardening was a talent Peggi inherited from her parents, and although she had downsized in recent years, she continued to grow more vegetables than her family could consume. In 1994, when her girls were grown and off to university and starting their own careers, Peggi and Bernie sold their hobby farm and moved back to Prince Albert.
Peggi was well known for her physical strength and strong work ethic, keeping an impeccably clean home, as well as helping to build cottages, houses, clear land and put docks in and out each season. Despite all the work, Peggi always made time to nurture her creative side, often taking community craft courses with friends. She was known to save these activities for ‘after the kids went to bed,’ and could be caught at the kitchen table with a pottery project or an elaborate paper tolling project that required incredible patience, precision and artistry. Peggi was one of the first group of ushers at the EA Rawlinson Center of the Arts, and she enjoyed this for several years before becoming a snowbird. Peggi was a fantastic seamstress, making clothing for her daughters for many occasions. Imagine three little girls in matching rompers on a family trip to British Columbia! In addition, Peggi was innovative in her ability to stretch the family dollar, doing perms for her daughters in the ‘utility room’ at Christopher Lake. Through it all, Peggi always brought a smile to every situation, together with her sarcastic humour, which was evident to the very end. She enjoyed word-searches and card games and could beat all of us at Crazy Eights or ‘Nerds’.
Peggi was predeceased by her parents Harry and Mary Kruger; her brother Glenn; her niece Becky; her parents-in-law Delima and Albert Dupuis; and several sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, aunts and uncles. She is survived by her husband Bernie Dupuis; her daughters, Jackie Hummelbrunner (Laurin), Monique Zwack (Scott Gardiner), and Glynis Dupuis (Rocky Handspiker); sister, Pat Pegg (Harry); sister-in-law, Sharan Kruger; her 6 grandchildren Heidi, Aiden, Elise, August, Luxton and Cerise; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, June 19, 2023, at Sacred Heart Cathedral, 1401 4th Avenue West, Prince Albert, SK.
Donations in memory of Peggi may be made to the Victoria Hospital Foundation – Palliative Home Care, Box 3000 – 1200 24th Street West, Prince Albert, SK S6V 5T4.
Funeral arrangements are entrusted to the care of Gray’s Funeral Chapel, (306) 922-4729, Lisa Bos-Atchison, Funeral Director and Mary MacWilliams.