Dena Castanes Peterson
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DUE TO INCLEMENT WEATHER, SERVICE DATES HAVE CHANGED.
Asheville - Dena Castanes Peterson, 88, of Asheville, NC passed away February 8, 2014.
Born August 8, 1925 in Charleston, South Carolina, she was daughter of the late Christos and Maria Merkoure Castanes. She was a native of Charleston and Asheville, having graduated with a B.S. in Nursing from Columbia Hospital - School of Nursing and with a Masters Degree in Health Administration from the UNC Chapel Hill where she also did post graduate work in administration.
Dena was married to James Nicholas Peterson, a native of Norfolk, Virginia for 63 years and who preceded her on June 7, 2011. She was a retired registered professional nurse, holding many positions including nursing head nurse, occupational health nurse, supervisor of the Buncombe County Health Department and Western North Carolina State Health Regional Supervisor. She was a former member of NC State Nurses Association, the American Nurses Association and served on the NC Board of Nursing during several terms.
Her survivors include a brother, John C. Castanes of Fayetteville, NC; two sons, Nick J. Peterson and his wife, Dabney Sue Peterson and Chris J. Peterson and his wife, Mari Peterson; two grandchildren, J. Nicholas Peterson and Allie Maria Peterson, all of Asheville, NC and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
She was a member of the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Churches of Asheville, NC and Charleston, SC. She was also the godmother of the Asheville church. A lifelong Greek Orthodox, she served on many committees as well as community committees, Meals on Wheels, Headstart and Council on Aging.
A TRISAGION SERVICE WILL BEGIN AT 7 PM, FRIDAY FEBRUARY 14, 2014 AT HOLY TRINITY GREEK ORTHODOX CHURCH. FAMILY WILL RECEIVE FRIENDS IMMEDIATELY FOLLOWING. THE FUNERAL WILL BE HELD AT 11 AM ON SATURDAY FEBRUARY 15, 2014 AT HOLY TRINITY GREEK ORTHODOX CHURCH WITH FATHER MICHAEL OFFICIATING. ENTOMBMENT WILL FOLLOW AT LEWIS MEMORIAL PARK.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in honor of Dena C. Peterson to Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, P. O. Box 8269, Asheville, NC 28814.
Morris Funeral Home, 304 Merrimon Avenue is in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be sent through the website www.morrisfamilyfuneralhome.com
Morris Funeral Home
304 Merrimon Avenue Asheville, NC 28801
Published in the Asheville Citizen-Times from Feb. 11 to Feb. 14, 2014