Obituaries

Shirley A Peterson

February 19, 1935 - January 5, 2019

Shirley  A Peterson

Obituary

Shirley A. Peterson, 83, of Rockford passed away peacefully on  January 5, 2019  at her home with family at her side.   Born on February 19, 1935 in Fulton, Tennessee the daughter of Mack and Edith Parham. Shirley was baptized in the Mississippi River at Fulton. She graduated from Ripley High School in 1953.   On February 4, 1956 at Fulton Baptist Church, Shirley was united in marriage to Gerald Peterson.   She confirmed her faith at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Pensacola, FL in 1956.

Shirley was an excellent seamstress, an accomplished cook, and enjoyed craft projects.   She found many opportunities to share her gifts through volunteering at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Belvidere and in the early years of Rockford Lutheran High School as a member of the Ladies Auxiliary. For more than 25 years Shirley coordinated the assembly and mailing of the monthly church newsletter.

Shirley is survived by Gerald, her husband of 62 years, her children Margie (Dan) Hennig of Cherry Valley, Judy (Jeff) Schaefer of Belvidere, and David (Doreen) Peterson of Belvidere; grandchildren Becky (Chris) Yerk of Winnebago, Andrew (Kayla) Hennig of Springfield, IL, Liz (Nick) Long of Winston-Salem, NC, Joshua Peterson, Michael Peterson, and Emily Peterson all of Belvidere; two great grandchildren Porter Yerk and Owen Yerk; siblings Doris Braden of Memphis, TN, Stanley (Patricia) Parham of Rosemark, TN, Ernest (Cheri) Parham of Colorado Springs, CO, Patricia (Harvey) Winchester of Brownsville, TN, and Terry (Charlotte) Parham of Henning, TN, and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.  Shirley was preceded in death by her parents, brother Mack Parham, Jr. and sisters Margaret Kirby and Bonnie Shropshire.

Visitation from 9-10:45 a.m., Saturday, January 12 , 2019 at Immanuel Lutheran Church 1045 Belvidere Rd, Belvidere, IL 61008.  Funeral service at 11: 00 a.m., Saturday, January 12, 2019 at Immanuel Lutheran Church with Rev. Roger Pollock officiating. Internment at McHenry County Memorial Park Woodstock, IL following the luncheon.

In lieu of flowers, memorials will be directed to the Immanuel Lutheran School in Belvidere for tuition scholarships.

The family wishes to acknowledge with deep appreciation the many expressions of love, kindness, and prayer shown to them at this difficult time by so many people.

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Service Schedule

Saturday, January 12, 2019
9:00 am - 10:45 am

Immanuel Lutheran Church

815-544-8058

Visitation from 9-10:45 a.m., Saturday, January 12 , 2019 at Immanuel Lutheran Church 1045 Belvidere Rd, Belvidere, IL 61008.

Saturday, January 12, 2019

Immanuel Lutheran Church

815-544-8058

 Funeral service at 11: 00 a.m., Saturday, January 12, 2019 at Immanuel Lutheran Church with Rev. Roger Pollock officiating. Internment at McHenry County Memorial Park Woodstock, IL following the luncheon.

 

Internment at McHenry County Memorial Park Woodstock, IL

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We are so sorry for your families loss… Prayers for your family…

Rich & Kelly Lusz 2019-01-12T09:30:08

Gerald,
Bill and I are so sorry for your loss. We just heard this evening. Bill is recovering from having a pacemaker and we are unable to make the trip. Thinking of you and your family.

Bill and Dawn Schwake

Bill Schwake 2019-01-11T20:20:10

I am so very sorry for Judy and all family members and friends. I never realized she and I had so many things in common. She will leave a void.

Peggy Lang 2019-01-10T00:07:55

I am very sorry for your loss. She was the nicest lady and always brought a smile to my face.

Erica Kersten Von Haden 2019-01-09T23:25:58

I’m so so sorry for your loss. Keep your memories alive and close to your heart that’s what gets you through. I find alot of peace listening to the song Just Be Held by Casting Crowns. She will always be with you and walking along side beside you! Hugs, prayers and love to you! Tonia

Tonia Kersten Kueker 2019-01-09T20:29:34

Shirley was a wonderful Christian role model and a dedicated volunteer at Immanuel. She faithfully organized workers to assemble and mail the monthly newsletter and she always, always made them treats to enjoy after their work session. She was someone I could depend on to always be there.
The eternal God is your refuge, and his everlasting arms are under you. Deuteronomy 33:27
Sending healing prayers and comforting hugs.
Elaine and Terry

Elaine Ressler 2019-01-08T12:38:55

Heaven gained another “Angel”….You’re all in our Thoughts & Prayers..
In Deepest Sympathy Kevin & Maribeth Clemens

Maribeth Clemens 2019-01-07T18:40:37

You will be sorely missed Dear Dear Lady. Deepest sympathy to your loved ones..

Marie Danielson 2019-01-07T14:41:56

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