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Margaret (Peggy) R. Hemmendinger

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By The Staff

HEMMENDINGER – Margaret (Peggy) R. Hemmendinger, 85, died following a stroke, on Dec. 10, 2007. Both she and her husband, Arthur, recently moved to Meadowlark Hills in Manhattan, KS, after living in New Mexico since 1945.Peggy was born Sept. 1, 1922, in Newark, N.J., daughter of Joseph Ross and Esther Klein Ross. She was predeceased by two brothers, Milton and Ira. After earning a degree in physics from Duke University in 1943, Peggy worked first at the Naval Ordinance Laboratory in Washington, D.C., where she met her future husband, Arthur, and then at Bell Laboratory in Summit, N.J.In 1945, immediately following their wedding in New Jersey, she learned to drive while en route with Arthur to the secret nuclear weapons laboratory and community of Los Alamos, N.M. Both of them fell in love with the mountain Southwest, and after raising their three children in Los Alamos, they relocated to nearby Santa Fe. During those years Peggy worked as a programmer for some of the largest early research computers.Peggy had a love for the arts. She sang in light opera and in the choral society while in Los Alamos. Later she actively supported the Santa Fe Desert Chorale, and she worked as a docent at the Santa Fe Opera. During those years Peggy served as the president of the State League of Women Voters, and she worked as a volunteer at the State Historical Museum. She also loved tutoring children in literacy and adults in English as a second language. Peggy was an excellent cook and a wonderful hostess who made dozens of lifelong friends through her warm hospitality.She is survived by her husband, Arthur; sons Ross (Barbara) of Williamsport, Pa.; and Dennis (Sue Maes) of Manhattan, Kan.; his twin sister, Anna (John S. Chamberlin, deceased 1999), of Waterloo, Ontario; grandchildren, Claire of Manhattan, Kan.; Matt of Albuquerque, N.M.; Joshua (Cathy) of Park Hills, Mo.; and Wendy (Ronald) Cable of Pleasant Gap, Pa., as well as three great grandchildren.Because of an ice storm and power outage at the time of Peggy’s death, there will be a small memorial gathering of family members at a later date. Peggy’s family is most grateful to Dr. Douglas Hinkin and the third floor staff at Mercy Hospital for the attentive and sensitive care they provided to Peggy and family members during her last eight days. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the charity of your choice or to either the Esperanza Shelter for Battered Families, P.O. Box 5701, Santa Fe, New Mexico 87505, or to the Santa Fe Animal Shelter & Humane Society, 1920 Cerrillos Rd., Santa Fe, New Mexico 87505.Online condolences may be left for the family through the funeral home website at www.ymlfuneralhome.com.The Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home, 1616 Poyntz Avenue, Manhattan, Kan., 66502, is handling arrangement.