SPRINGFIELD - Gertrud S. Peterson, 81, died at 9:20 p.m., Sunday, June 15, 2014, at Memorial Medical Center. She was born on Nov. 30, 1932, in Germany to Paul and Martha Jeron Berger. She married Russell Peterson on Dec. 21, 1962, and he preceded her in death on Jan. 21, 1978. She was also preceded in death by her parents, two sisters and two brothers.
Surviving are a daughter, Karol (Kerry) Zeornes of Lebanon, Mo.; two sons, Roland (companion, Tammy Crabtree) Berger of Lebanon, Mo., and Jeff (partner, Kevin Boehmke) Peterson of Springfield; four grandchildren, Melissa (James) Boyce, Jennifer (Tony) Myers, Rusti (Josh) Weaver, and Brandy (Josh) Zeornes; twelve great-grandchildren, Mikayla Boyce, Kady, Natalie, Tony, Jr., Myers, Kaleb, Brody, Brayden, Chance, Isaiah Weaver, Skyla, and Neil and Rylan Sein.
Gertrud was a past member of the VFW Ladies Auxiliary and American Legion. She enjoyed fishing.
Celebration of Life: The family will host a Celebration of Life at 2 p.m., Saturday, June 28, 2014, at Pam's Jailhouse Tavern.
A memorial service will be held in Lebanon, Mo., at a later date.
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