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Florine “Peggy” Eisele, 98, entered the Lord’s Kingdom on April 13, 2021 at the Vermont Veterans Home surrounded by her family.

She was born to Julian and Lena “Dixie” (Ward) Smith in Norfolk, Virginia. The family moved to Peekskill. After college in New York City and the start of World War II, she responded to the call for service and joined the U.S. Navy. In 1942 Peggy attended Naval War College in Rhode Island and then worked as a cryptographer in Pearl Harbor, for which she was recognized for her service with the US Naval Communications Intelligence Organization. Peggy always took pride in her military service.

After the war she met and married Edward Eisele, also from Peekskill. Peggy and Ed raised their family in Millwood. She worked for the Post Office and the Bankers Trust in Chappaqua. In retirement, they moved on to their second love, the Adirondacks, and made Piercefield their home. Wherever Peggy lived, she enjoyed people. She was the consummate hostess and often entertained family, friends, and neighbors in her home.

Peggy enjoyed her Adirondack Senior Walker group, played bridge, and traveled. She lived for many years in Saranac Village in Will Rogers on Saranac Lake. During those years she attended the dedication of the World War II Memorial and flew to Washington, DC on the North Country Honor Flight. When independent living became too difficult, she moved to the Vermont Veterans Home in Bennington, Vermont.

Her children will be remembered: Edward (Donna), Polly and William (Patricia). She has six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Peggy was passed away by her husband and parents.

The funeral arrangements are being made for the Fortune Keough Funeral Home, 20 Church St., Saranac Lake, NY 12983. There are no call times. Peggy was a member of the Episcopal Church of St. Luke the Beloved Physician at Saranac Lake. A funeral service will be held on Saturday, May 1st at 1pm at the Fortune-Keough Funeral Home, with Rev. Andy Cruz-Lilligard officiating. Peggy will rest next to her husband in Gale Cemetery in Piercefield immediately after the funeral. The COVID-19 security protocols will remain in effect. All guests are asked to wear a mask and social distance.

Instead of flowers, the family is soliciting donations to the Tri-Lakes Humane Society, which runs the funeral home Fortune-Keough, 20 Church St., Saranac Lake, NY 12983. Family and friends can also offer condolences and sign the online guest book at www.fortunekeoughfuneralhome.com.

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