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April 20, 2021

1/15/2021 7:30:00 AM
Peggy Joy Colburn Intrepidi

Peggy Joy Colburn Intrepidi was born in Antigo, on Jan. 29, 1943, to Robert W. and Irene M. (Rosio) Colburn Sr.

Peggy was the owner of Peggy's Emporium in downtown Rhinelander for over 20 years.

Her last words were .... "Never forget me" and "I love you all more than life and I'm sorry I put you through all of this. Please live your lives!"

Anyone who was blessed to be a part of her life was given a gift. Peggy loved life. She loved to sew and was amazing at everything she had a passion for. Peggy was our rock and the strongest person we will ever know. She put everyone first and never wanted anything in return.

Peggy is survived by her devoted husband and soulmate, Jim Intrepidi; her children and spouses: Lisa (John) Stein, Todd (Kelly) Novak and Chad Novak; grandchildren: Andrew (Sara) Edge, Michael (Becca) Novak, Thomas (Linnea) Novak, Amber Novak (Austin McGowan) and Khloe Joy Novak; great-grandchildren: Alaina, Zachary, Zoe, Landon, Aria & Aliyah; step-children and spouses: Michelle Intrepidi, Nadien (Paul) Wilson, Jimmy (Shannon) Intrepidi; step-grandchildren: Thomas Intrepidi, Jennifer (Tucker) Cortright, Elizabeth Wilson, Ethan and Erika Intrepidi; great-grandchildren:Parker and Olivia. Peggy is further survived by a brother-in-law, Paul Steffen, and by nieces, nephews and other relatives and many friends.

Peggy now resides in death with her father, Robert W. Colburn Sr.; mother, Irene M. Colburn; brothers, Robert W. Colburn Jr. and James E. Colburn; her sister, Cheryl Lynn Steffen and her beloved four-legged companion, Gizmo.

At Peggy's request, a Celebration of Life will take place at a later date.

Memorial contributions in memory of Peggy may be given to Wild Instincts, 4621 Apperson Drive, Rhinelander, Wisconsin, 54501

Arrangements have been entrusted to the Hildebrand Funeral Home & Cremation Specialists, 24 E. Davenport Street, Rhinelander, Wisconsin 54501, 715-365-4343. Everyone is invited to sign the guestbook, or leave an online condolence at

Reader Comments

Posted: Saturday, January 16, 2021
Article comment by: Toni Roman

Lisa I am heartbroken to hear about your mom. I sure wish I could be there for you like you & Peggy were when my dad died. Believe that my thoughts and prayers are with you. I know how close you two were. God Bless my dear life long forever friend, and may Peggy Rest In Peace. Maybe she's hanging out with Dick & Becky now.

Posted: Saturday, January 16, 2021
Article comment by: Lin Meisinger

Ohhh, I'm so sorry to hear of Peggy's passing.
I didn't know her well, but always wished I had. I ordered a huge sectional from her back in the 70's. Parts and pieces are all over the country, but the majority of it now resides in a friend's hunting shack. (Probably shoulda kept it, it was great!) She had such a glow about her, every time I saw her, there it was! She exuded love, compassion, physical beauty and the beauty of a wonderful soul. Her last words sound just like the Peggy I knew. I for one will never forget her. I'm so sorry for your loss, it is indeed a great loss
❤ ️ Rest In Peace Sweetie ❤ ️

Posted: Friday, January 15, 2021
Article comment by: Lynn Kielhold

My prayers are with you all. Peggy was a very special lady and we were blessed to have her a classmate and dear friend.

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