Beverly “Peggy” Jean (Goyins) Wirtala


Beverly “Peggy” Wirtala, our dearly loved mother, grandmother, and friend, began her eternal life on Easter Sunday, April 1, 2018.  Born on February 24, 1932 in Stanford, MT, Peggy was the youngest of three children born to George and Mary (Johnson) Goyins.  Peggy was raised in the Stanford area and graduated from Stanford High School as Valedictorian in 1950.  She attended Billings Business College earning a 2-year Certificate in bookkeeping, secretarial skills, and office management, a career she worked in for many years.  Later, Peggy owned and operated her own photo developing business.   Then she successfully achieved a realtor license, fulfilling her dream of assisting people in buying their first homes.

Peggy married the love of her life, Oscar Wirtala, on February 7, 1953.  She cherished their children, Susan, Joni, Larry, Leann, and Sandy, and was beyond proud of them.

Peggy was active in her community.  She served with Junior Women’s Club, volunteered in the reading class at Riverside MS, hosted teen Bible studies for her church, raised money for cancer research, helped with the care of her grandchildren, and was Oscar’s Mrs. Fix It “right hand man”.  Peggy loved helping others.

Always busy, Peggy enjoyed exercise, gardening, crossword puzzles, vacationing at Flathead Lake, crochet and knitting, and watching all events her children, great and grandchildren, nieces, and nephews participated in.  

Peggy is survived by her children:  Susan (Dennis), Joni, Larry (Erica), Leann, Sandy; grandchildren:  Kara, Shayne, Darylynn, Connor, Carson, Delaney, Travis; great grandchildren:  Aleks, Kevin, Brentley, and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.  She is also survived by her sisters-in-law Lois Wirtala and Karen Goyins.

She is deeply missed by all of us left behind.

Peggy was preceded in death by her husband Oscar, her parents, her sister Lorraine, and her brother Gary.

A special thank you to everyone at Canyon Creek Memory Care for their loving, exceptional care of our mom.  Also, a heartfelt thank you to Compassus Hospice for their kind, compassionate care of all of us.  

Memorials may be sent to the Alzheimer’s Association.