KIRKLAND – Evelyn G. Peterson, 103, of Kirkland, Ill., passed away Friday, Nov. 1, 2013, at Northwoods Care Centre in Belvidere. |
She was born March 23, 1910, in Shabbona, to Everett and Cora (Nelson) Firkins. She was a graduate of Sycamore High School, Class of 1928. Evelyn attended Northern Illinois Teachers College in DeKalb and taught eight years in country schools.
Evelyn married Irving Peterson in 1937. Together they farmed in the Genoa and Kirkland area for many years. Irving died Feb. 19, 1966.
Evelyn worked at Automatic Electric in Genoa, retiring in 1975 after 19 years of service. She was able to remain in her home until the age of 99. One of her joys was keeping up on all the family activities, especially her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Evelyn was a member of First Lutheran Church in Kirkland for 63 years. She was involved in the Lydia church circle, Bible studies and participated faithfully in the life of the church.
The family offers a special thank-you to all those who lovingly cared for Evelyn at Northwoods Care Centre, and Transitions Hospice.
Survivors include her children, Mary Ellen (Bob) Olson, Carolyn Montgomery, Julie (David) Edmundson and Leonard (Sue) Peterson; seven grandchildren, Angela (Doug) Springborn, Ashley (Chris) Boyer, Aaron (Eliza) Montgomery, Michael (Karen) Montgomery, Ann (Terry) Runk, Amy (Scott) MacKenzie and Dan (Lori) Olson; and 13 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Irving; brother, Carlyle Firkins; and one son-in-law, David Montgomery.
Her funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 6, at First Lutheran Church, 510 W. South St., Kirkland, with the Rev. Carl Rasmussen officiating. Burial will be at Highland Garden of Memories, Belvidere. Her visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday at Slater-Butala Funeral Home in Genoa.
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to First Lutheran Church in Kirkland or Transitions Hospice in care of Slater-Butala Funeral Home, 132 W. Main, Genoa St., IL 60135.
For information or to sign the online guest book, visit www.ButalaFuneralHomes.com or call 815-784-5191.
Published in Daily Chronicle on Nov. 5, 2013