Peggy A. Grenz

Nov 2, 1936 - Dec 7, 2013


Peggy Ann (Poppett) Grenz

Peggy passed unexpectedly in her sleep on December 7, 2013, at age 77.  


Peggy was born in San Bernardino, CA, on November 2, 1936, to Milton and Vera Poppett. As a child, Peggy lived in Santa Barbara, CA and Phoenix, AZ before moving to the Arden Park area of Sacramento in 1949. Peggy graduated from Grant High School where she was a song leader and swim team member. She attended San Jose State one year, earning her “Mrs” as she and Raymond Milton Grenz married in 1955.


In addition to rearing four children, Peggy and Ray were partners in their construction, development and real estate businesses until Ray’s passing in 2005. In her 17 years as a volunteer with the Sacramento Children’s Home Guild (SCHG), Peggy used her business acumen and construction knowledge to manage construction of its La Casita restaurant and gift shop and lead the SCHG as president (1967-68). Peggy began her career as a Realtor in 1968, becoming a broker in 1973. She served as director (1971-87) and regional vice president (1984) of the California Association of Realtors, president of the Sacramento Board of Realtors (1981), and director of the National Association of Realtors (1985-86). In 1980, Peggy was honored as Realtor of the Year as well as the Metro Chamber’s Distinguished Businesswoman of the Year.  As a founding board member of Commerce Security Bank, Peggy was relied upon for her expertise in real estate and small business. In 1984, Peggy was appointed by Governor George Deukmejian to the Small Business Development Board.

Family and friends enjoyed Peggy’s wit and sometimes savory jokes. With her grandchildren, “Gigi” shared her passions – catching bugs and lizards, scouting for berries, working on puzzles and exploring family history. In addition to smiles, they sported lovingly made “Gigi” sweaters.

Peggy was a second generation member of the 20-30 club. After retiring from real estate, she joined the Weavers and Spinners Guild, Handweavers Guild of America and the Sacramento County and Sun City chapters of Republican Women Federated, frequently serving as newsletter editor. Over the years, she called thousands of voters and knitted dozens of hats and blankets for foster children.

Peggy is survived by her children, Jeff Grenz (Vicki), Teri Grenz Goldner (Rich), Chris Grenz (Karen) and Linda Grenz, and 11 grandchildren, Alexandra, Devin, Kaitlynn, Brenna, Lindsee, Julian, and Donovan Grenz, Warren and Corinne Clapham and Gregory and Elizabeth Goldner.  She is also survived by her loving companion, Don Cornwell.  Peggy was preceded in death by her husband of nearly 50 years, Raymond Grenz, her parents, Milton and Vera Poppett, and her sister, Linda Poppett-Latif.  

Services will be held Tuesday, December 17, 2013, at 2 p.m. at East Lawn Mortuary at 5757 Greenback Lane, Sacramento, CA.  

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Sacramento Children’s Home or the Republican Women’s Federation scholarship fund.


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