Irene “Peggy” Wheeler

Irene “Peggy” Wheeler

September 1, 1929 – February 29, 2024

Irene “Peggy” Wheeler was born on September 1, 1929, the youngest of seven girls born to Marshall Silas and Esther Fredrickson Nelson.

in 1947, Peggy attended and graduated from Omaha South High School, where she loved being a member of the school choir.

Peggy had several jobs before she started working at The Omaha National Bank in downtown Omaha. She prided herself in always balancing her cash drawer to the penny.  Jack Wheeler was Peggy’s boss; his courting rituals included tossing paperclips down Peggy’s shirt from across the room. Certainly, an activity that would be frowned upon today.

Jack and Peggy were married in 1951 and made their home in the Westgate neighborhood of west Omaha. In May of 1958, they welcomed Robert Charles into the world and then in April of 1959, Mark Frederick made his debut. Peggy always dressed the boys alike and would tell people….”they’re twins and ones a midget”….CLASSIC Peggy!  1964 came and on January 30, Christine Ann completed the Wheeler family.

Peggy loved to sing in the church choir, bowl with her gal friends, and was an avid golfer at Oak Hills Country Club.  In 1999, her beloved Jack passed away from cancer. Peggy filled her life in this new era by spending time with her family, her friends, and her West Hills Church community. In 2018, Peggy moved to Westgate assisted living, blocks away from her and Jack’s first home. Peggy loved her family at Westgate.

Throughout Peggy’s adult life, one constant saw her through everything, her West Hills Church family. She loved her church and made so many cherished friendships–to these wonderful people we will be forever grateful.

Peggy was preceded in death by husband, Jack B. Wheeler; son, Robert Charles Wheeler. She is survived by son, Mark F. Wheeler and his wife, Michelle; daughter, Christine A. Brandt and her husband, Todd;  grandchildren: Erin Fogarty and her husband, Pat, Nicholas J. Wheeler and his wife, Kristina, Travis Tietjen and his wife, Morgan, Tyler Tietjen, Christian Wheeler, and Alan Wheeler; great-grandchildren: Christopher Fogarty, Ruby Fogarty and Stella Fogarty; beloved niece, Barbara Jensen.

Rest peacefully Mom, Grandma, Great Grammy, Auntie and Friend. You will be missed beyond measure and our love for you is never-ending.

VISITATION: Sunday, March 3rd, from 5 to 7 p.m., at West Center Chapel, 7805 W. Center Rd.

FUNERAL SERVICE: Monday, March 4th, 10:30 a.m., at West Hills Church, 3015 W. 82nd Ave.

Interment, Cedar Lawn Cemetery, Council Bluffs, IA.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to West Hills Church.


  • Angela Finn Posted March 1, 2024 12:59 pm

    Rest in peace dear Peg. You will be missed dearly by all who knew you, but especially your family. My deepest sympathy to the Wheeler family – know that many are praying for you at this time. May you find comfort in each other and your memories of dear Peg.

    Love, Angie

  • Drew Alexander Posted March 1, 2024 3:01 pm

    Many prayers to Mark, Michelle, and the entire family for comfort and healing. May peace be on your side in the coming weeks with a flood of memories from the good times you shared with her.

    Richmond, KY

  • Sheryl Bradbury Posted March 2, 2024 12:35 am

    My heart goes out to family! She sounds like a true gem! From all the members of the Nebraska Kennel Club our deepest sympathies.

  • Dave Rose Posted March 2, 2024 8:28 am

    I lived down the block from Bob and Mark and spent countless days and several overnights at the Wheelers. Peggy was like a second mom to me. She had a huge and welcoming heart and loved being a mom. I was very fortunate to have had her in my life.

  • Michelle Cantu-Bell Posted March 2, 2024 10:24 am

    Peggy became a friend after a very short time of meeting her. At first I didn’t think she liked me because she would just stare at me, it turns out she wanted to get to know me. We start talking and right away she would say the funniest most wittiest things and we would both laugh. It was an Honor to call her my friend, Peggy I already miss you and our conversations & laughter. I will always love you, Embrace your Family Reunion in Heaven.

  • Connie Kozeny Posted March 3, 2024 1:46 pm

    Loved your Mother very much what a great lady always so much fun

  • Barbara Kegel Posted March 3, 2024 5:04 pm

    I am so so sorry to hear about your mother..
    You have always talk fondly about her.. Sending love and prayers.

  • Patty Aguirre Posted March 5, 2024 1:22 am

    Deepest sympathy Prayers for your peace and comfort.

  • Bridget (Weide) Brooks Posted March 6, 2024 6:33 pm

    Jon and I extend our condolences to Peggy’s family. Jon’s dad, Mike Brooks, was at Westgate Assisted Living from May-November 2022 and we enjoyed talking with Peggy (and hearing her jokes). She put a smile on our faces — on a lot of faces!! We hope your memories of her bring a smile to your face.

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