Eva I. Peterson, 95, formerly of Amherst and Waupaca, passed away on November 25, 2015 at Rosalia Gardens in Antigo.
Eva was born on November 14, 1920 on a farm in the Town of Lanark, Waupaca County. Her parents were the late Elmer Hansen and Ellen (Hebblewhite) Hansen. Eva attended Pipe Grade School, Amherst High School and Central Wisconsin Teachers College (now UW-Stevens Point). She married Harold C. Peterson on August 8, 1942 in Waupaca. Eva was a teacher in the Waupaca School District for more than 25 years, teaching at the Sheriden Grade School and the Waupaca Middle School. She taught her students the virtues of practical knowledge, common sense, honesty and personal responsibility. Eva was a renowned cook, baker, cake decorator, calligrapher and doll maker. Her days were filled with raising her three children, helping on the dairy farm, Sunday school teacher, reading and endless arts and crafts projects. She knitted thousands of hats that were donated to the needy. Eva held an unshakable Christian faith and abiding love of the Packers. She took great pride in the family dairy farm, Pete’s Dairy, built by her husband, Harold, and son, John.
Survivors include: her daughter, Carol (John) Woody, Antigo; a son, Dale (Julie) Peterson, Middleton; grandchildren: Jeff (Karla) Woody, La Crosse; Julie (Dave) Bauknecht, Antigo; Brandon Peterson, Gainesville, Florida; Matt (Kelsey) Peterson, Salt Lake City, Utah; Brett (Brittany) Peterson, Plover; David (Christa) Peterson, Madison, and Alex and Ellen Peterson, Middleton; great-grandchildren: Sara, Megan and Andrea Woody, Michalie, Mackenzie and Madilyn Bauknecht and Eva E. Peterson; great-great-grandchild, Kylee Bauknecht Rauhut; sisters, Lucille Peterson, Black River Falls, and Beverly Lane, McFarland; and many nieces and nephews who she proudly watched grow up into upstanding individuals. Eva is preceded in death by an infant son, Gary Lynn; her son, John, who passed away in 1983, and brothers, Verne and Louis Hansen. Eva resided at Pine Meadow Retirement Center and the Rosalia Nursing Home in Antigo during the past nine years with daughter, Carol, providing attentive nursing care.
At Eva’s request, there will be no funeral service. There will be a memorial in the Spring following interment in the Lower Amherst Cemetery. In lieu of flowers or memorials, help someone less fortunate than you. Holly Funeral Home in Waupaca is assisting the family with arrangements.