Pearl Peterson

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Pearl Peterson, 95, passed into eternal life on Sunday afternoon, Aug. 25, 2013, at HCR ManorCare-Hampton House, Hanover Township.

Born Sept. 9, 1917, she was a daughter of the late John and Mary Jane Howe Hannon. She was the youngest of 13 children. She was educated in Wilkes-Barre city schools.

Pearl was a former member of First United Methodist Church, Wilkes-Barre.

Until her retirement, she was employed by F.M. Kirby Co., Wilkes-Barre, and Penn State Belt & Buckle Co., Wilkes-Barre Township. She was a member of the International Ladies' Garment Workers Union.

Her favorite pastimes were crocheting and playing bingo.

Pearl was preceded in death by her husband of 75 years, Charles Joseph Peterson Sr., on Sept. 11, 1998. She was also preceded in death by her sons-in-law, Albert J. Gudaitis Sr. and Joseph L. Williams; sisters, Mary Hannon, Margaret Ann Johns, Kate Rushton and Beatrice Keyes; brothers, Daniel, Walter, Charles and John Hannon; along with four young brothers and sisters.

"Sometimes the strongest among us are the ones who smile through silent pain, cry behind closed doors and fight battles nobody knows about," author unknown.

Surviving are her son, Charles Joseph Peterson Jr. and his wife, Theresa, Wilkes-Barre; daughters, Joan Williams, Kingston; Margaret Gudaitis, Wilkes-Barre; and Donna Geiger and her husband, Philip (Mike), Pittston; five grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren and one great-great-granddaughter; nieces and nephews.

The family would like to thank the staffs of the Laurels Assisted Living Center of Kingston and more recently HCR ManorCare-Hampton House of Hanover Township for the past six years.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday from Nat & Gawlas Funeral Home, 89 Park Ave., Wilkes-Barre, with the Rev. Robert Thomas officiating. Interment will be in Chapel Lawn Memorial Park, Dallas. Friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the .

Online condolences may be sent by visiting Pearl's obituary at
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Nat & Gawlas Funeral Home
89 Park Ave Wilkes Barre, PA 18702
(570) 825-3138
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Published in Citizens' Voice from Aug. 26 to Aug. 27, 2013