Jewish Family Services lost a very dear friend with the passing of Peggy Krigel in December 2010. Peggy served as president of our agency from 1991 to 1993 leading JFS with her own style of leadership.
A native of Chicago, Peggy “adopted” Kansas City as her home after marrying her husband Richard. The Krigels were a true team running their own business, Krigel’s Jewelers from 1949 to 2001. Still, Peggy found time to give back to her community.
In addition to her leadership role with JFS, Peggy worked with children through the Youth Friends program. She served as a board member of the Kansas City Jewish Museum. Peggy was an officer for the homes association for her Kansas City condominium and served as president of the homes association for her condo in Colorado.
Debra Goldstein worked closed with Peggy when she was a JFS staff member and found her to be “inspirational.”
“Her leadership, mentoring and vision for the agency built a very strong foundation for its future and the course it is on today,” Debra said. “People in the community referred to her a great deal because of her hands-on ability to attract attention to the agency. She was interested to know what we were doing currently to help people improve themselves and their families.”
Peggy’s daughter-in-law Erlene Krigel followed in her footsteps some years later as president of JFS.
“Peggy Krigel was a wonderful mother-in-law. She was a true inspiration and incredible mentor. I was impressed by her business savvy, her ability to build business relationships and her nurturing and kind treatment of her employees, friends and family,” Erlene said.
“Her work with Jewish Family Services as a board member and as president taught me and others about questioning the status quo and critically analyzing what was being done to make sure that it was cost effective, for the better good and had the potential for a positive outcome.”
Peggy is survived by her sons and daughters-in-law Scott and Susan Krigel and Sandy and Erlene Krigel, who have carried on her legacy of community involvement. She also leaves eight grandchildren and a great granddaughter. May Peggy’s memory be a blessing to us all.