Justina C. Peter, 103, of Sunset Home, formerly of 301 N. Eighth and 1307 College, died Tuesday (July 9, 2013) in Sunset Home.
She was born Dec. 24, 1909, in Melrose Township, Adams County, a daughter of Joseph and Sophia Huber Ehrhardt. She married Lawrence G. Peter on Aug. 8, 1929, in St. Anthony Catholic Church. He died Sept. 30, 1984.
Justina was a member of St. Francis Catholic Church where she was a member of the Ladies of St. Francis. Justina had been chosen as a Woman of the Year at St. Francis. She was also a member of the Secular Franciscans. Justina was one of the few who could be both a Cubs fan and a Cardinals fan. She lived to be 103Â½. She was the pie maker and crafter, long before it was cool. She made clothes, quilts, rugs and even made toys for her family. Fruits and vegetables were always on the top of her list and she canned the produce of her garden. She'd also make a root beer float if given the chance. She might also drink your beer to make sure you wouldn't get tipsy. In her 80s, Justina rode a horse and a motorcycle, jumped on a trampoline and countless other things. The world changed over and over in her lifetime. Though sorry to lose her, we are happy that she is reunited with her husband, family and friends that have passed before her.
She is survived by three children, Clarence Peter and his wife, Nancy, of Dothan, Ala., Barbara Grawe of Kansas City, Mo., and Carol Darnell and her husband, Gary, of Quincy; two daughters-in-law, Mary Peter of Fairfield, Calif., and Marlene Peter of Dothan; 17 grandchildren, Chuck Peter and his wife, Susan, Susie Garben and her husband, Art, Peg Andrews and her husband, Joe, Doug Peter, Michelle Andrews and her husband, Jeff, Pam Samples and her husband, Dick, Tim Peter and his wife, Lisa, Jayne Wood and her husband, Kenny, Todd Peter and his partner, Todd, Cathy Thibeau and her husband, Dan, Chris Grawe and his significant other, Teri, Craig Grawe, Tina Darnell, Suzi Morenzoni and her husband, Chuck, Jennie McDermott and her husband, Shane, Sam Darnell and his wife, Shay, and Joe Darnell and his wife, Alexis; 34 great-grandchildren; 16 great-great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives also survive.
In addition to her husband, Justina was also preceded in death by three children, Gerald, Edgar and Delbert Peter; a son-in-law, Dave Grawe; a grandchild, Penny Fuller; and all her siblings, Lawrence Ehrhardt, Henry Ehrhardt, Frieda Dietrich, Leonard Ehrhardt, Philip Ehrhardt, Agnes Bussen, Wilbur Ehrhardt and Mary Dietrich.
SERVICES: 9 a.m. Saturday in the Duker and Haugh Funeral Home and at 9:30 a.m. in St. Francis Catholic Church. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery.
VISITATION: 4 to 7 p.m. Friday in the Duker and Haugh Funeral Home with a Secular Franciscan service at 5:30 p.m.
MEMORIALS: St. Francis Catholic Church, Sunset Home or to the Special Olympics Program.
ARRANGEMENTS: Duker and Haugh Funeral Home.