HAMILTON LAKES — Margaret “Peggy” Bacia, 67, of Hamilton Lakes, died Thursday, Sept. 5, 2019, at her home after a brief battle with cancer.
She was born on Aug. 28, 1952, in Madison, Wis., but was raised in Chippewa Falls, Wis., the daughter of the late Bernard and Helen (Novak) Canney.
Peg graduated from Gwinn High School in 1970.
She married Ronald Baciak on Dec. 11, 1976, at St. Anthony Church in Gwinn.
Peg worked at the Oscar G. Johnson VA Medical Center in Iron Mountain for over 29 years, retiring in 2015. She was a valued member of the Mental Health Services as a manager assistant, where she received an outstanding achievement award and numerous employee of the month awards and even served on the employee of the month committee.
Peggy had a love for racing and watching her husband race was her pride and passion. In 1983 she received the Sportsmanship Award at Escanaba International Raceway. She served on the Norway Speedway board as secretary, a member at large, treasurer, and for many years as a scoring judge at Norway and Escanaba. She also assisted John and Sue McKarnes at several ARTGO events.
She was a member of the Dickinson County Racing Association, Peninsula Stock Car Association, Door County Racing Association, Eastern Wisconsin Stock Car Association and the National Hot Rod Association, from which she never took a wage and always gave it back to the racers.
In 2018, Peg was inducted into the Norway Speedway Hall of Fame.
Peg also loved horses, western movies and anything to do with westerns. She loved music, especially listening to her husband play guitar with the youth choir, which made her so proud. She enjoyed spending time with her family and her friends.
Peg was a lector of American Martyrs Church in Kingsford, a greeter, lector, Eucharistic minister and choir member of St. Barbara Church in Vulcan. Cantor, Choir member, youth choir assistant director at St. Mary Church in Norway.
Along with her husband Ron, Peg was area coordinator for the United Cerebral Palsy Area Funding Drive.
Peg is survived by her husband of 42 years, Ron; and her fur baby, Jesse; her two nephews; cousins; special friends, Brenda Reed, Kathleen Wickman, Willie and Jeanne Goeden, Dave and Gwen Wilson; and many other friends.
She was preceded in death by her sisters and brothers-in-law, Barb and Butch Maynard, and Eileen and Jerry Wagner; her mother and father-in-law, Pat and Al Baciak; and fur babies, McBazch, Casey and Shane.
Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 13 at the Ortman Funeral Home in Norway.
The Mass of Christian Burial will be at 9 a.m. Saturday at St. Mary Church, with Fr. Timothy Ekaitis officiating.
Interment will be held at the Norway Township Cemetery, with a luncheon to follow at Holy Spirit School.
Condolences to the family of Peggy may be expressed online at www.ortmanfuneralhome.com.
Arrangements announced by the Ortman Funeral Home in Norway.