Margaret Ann "Peg" (Eucks) BendixenAugust 31, 1939 ~ July 17, 2020 (age 80)
Mass of Christian Burial for Margaret A. “Peg” Bendixen, age 80, of Norfolk, will be 10:30 a.m., Monday, July 27, 2020 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church. Reverend Gregory Carl will be the celebrant. Interment will be in Prospect Hill Cemetery. Visitation will be one hour prior to Mass at the church. Home for Funerals is in charge of arrangements.
Mrs. Bendixen passed away Friday, July 17, 2020 at the Edgewood Norfolk Memory Care.
Margaret Ann "Peg" (Eucks) Bendixen was born August 31, 1939 in Columbus, NE. She was adopted by John and Margaret (Leahy) Eucks when she was about three, largely based (as she liked to tell it) on her rousing rendition of "The Yellow Rose of Texas". Yellow has always been her favorite color. She was an adventurous child and loved animals, also lifelong traits. She is a graduate of Sacred Heart School (1957, now Norfolk Catholic High School) and earned both her undergraduate and Master’s degrees in Education at Wayne State College. In 1990, she married her best friend, Carl Bendixen, and became a generous and loving stepmother to his three children, and then beloved grandmother to theirs. She was active in her parish and community, serving in numerous organizations as a member and officer, including the local Catholic Daughters, Meals-on-Wheels, and the American Legion, and donating generously to multiple organizations throughout the community.
"Miss Eucks" (as so many will remember her) was a Norfolk Public Schools teacher for 35 years, teaching fifth and sixth grades at Grant School for decades, and then third grade at Woodland Park Elementary. She was an inspired educator, finding creative ways to engage her students, such as having them collect one million pop tabs, or to teach them compassion and solidarity for each other when they were experiencing hard times.
She enjoyed her retirement, traveling with her husband to visit family, and on adventures to Germany, Australia and Alaska. Most days in retirement she could be found at The Granary or Perkins having lunch with her friends.
Her family, students and fellow teachers knew her as a one-of-a-kind woman who loved eagles, Volkswagens (especially her yellow Bug, "Baby Huey"), and of course, Snoopy. She brought passion, loyalty and conviction to all she did, and was a fierce protector of those she loved.
She is survived by her children Linda (Bill Morgan), Cory and Chris (Tom Salatte); grandsons Paulino Bendixen, and Edward and William Morgan; and the numerous people for whom she was a true friend. She is preceded in death by her husband Carl, and her parents John and Margaret.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Norfolk Catholic Schools Foundation and/or the Northeast Nebraska Animal Shelter.
The Mass will be live streamed on the Sacred Heart Parish Facebook page at www.facebook.com/sacredheartnorfolk.