Kathleen Peterson

KATHLEEN M. PETERSON, 74 SUGAR CAMP, Wis. - Kathleen M. Peterson, 74, of Sugar Camp, WI passed away April 20, 2013, at home with her family. Born May 5, 1938 to Robert and Ruth (Temple) Ferrigan in Rockford, IL. Married William Peterson on July 28, 1956. Moved to Kirkland, IL in 1967, to fulfill their dream of living on the water. She spent her career assembling circuit boards and maintaining electrical systems in machinery for various manufacturers in Rockford. Kathy and Bill retired to Sugar Camp in 1994, where she spent her free time making jewelry, finding, collecting and polishing rocks. She was a longtime member and former president of the Lakeland Gem Club. Kathy is survived by four children, Cindy (Rush) DePoutee of Rockford, Natalie Madeen (Larry Barrs) of Kingston, Dennis (Lynn) Peterson of Kingston and Laura Peterson of Sugar Camp. Furthermore Kathy is survived by eight grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and three sisters, Jan Ferrigan-Hegstrom, Anne Ferrigan-Verona and Patricia Ferrigan-Woodworth. She is preceded by her husband, Bill and son-in-law, Larry Baars. Memorials to the may be processed online at "http://goo.gl/goJgO". Kathleen, Agates, hematite, opals, artistic creations with silver wire and polished stones next to a serene lake in the North woods. A garden you loved as well as the deer and fox, your life immersed in the beauties of the woods and helping and inspiring others. I hope that in your heaven the lakes glitter with polished rocks and their banks teem with the harmonies of a wild canary and chick-a-dee choir and from the tall pine canopy eagles watch over you. Written by Linda Peters, 4-21-13.

Published in Rockford Register Star from May 11 to May 12, 2013