Peg Yonker Remembered

Margaret Yonker, more commonly known as Peg, came to Naperville in 1959, making a name for herself as an active community volunteer, supporter and leader.

Peg joined the Naperville Heritage Society in its early years, where she oversaw the movement and rehabbing of the Meeting House and was the society’s president from 1976-1980 before becoming the director of the group.

Later in 1989, she co-chaired the Heritage Society’s first capital campaign, helping to raise $3 million to construct a replica of the Pre-Emption House, Naperville’s first hotel.

Her legacy lives on as the new building is now the entrance to the grounds of Naper Settlement and welcomes thousands of visitors each year.

School aged children may also remember Peg as she portrayed Naperville’s historic women like Almeda Naper and Hannah Ditzler.

Peg was a devoted wife and mother and was preceded in death by her husband Norris. She was 93 years old.

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