Ruth H. Peterson

Ruth H. Peterson

Ruth passed away Thursday, April 20, 2017 at her home in Kalamazoo.

She was born June 12, 1935 in Otsego the daughter of Albert and Helena (Jager) Lindsey. Ruth graduated from Western Michigan University with her Masters of Education Degree and became an elementary school teacher. She has also worked at Jacobson’s as the Manager of the china department and at WMU where she had worked in the Financial Aid Department and was Conference Coordinator for the Paper Sciences Department.

Ruth was an avid “foodie” who enjoyed cooking and discovering unique restaurants. She was also a beloved member of “The Potluck Group” which consisted of lifelong friends. Ruth and Robert traveled often, many times for sightseeing, but also for the thrill of the hunt for another of her passions, collecting antiques. She had a wonderful collection of fine china, copper molds for baking and burl wood bowls. She was also a member of the Kalamazoo (County) Association of Retired School Personnel. On July 30, 1966 at the First United Methodist Church of Kalamazoo she married Robert Peterson who passed away in 2009.

Surviving are her children, Erik (Christy) Peterson and Jon (Lisa) Peterson and step-grandson, Nick Devitis.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, in-laws and step-brother, LaVerne.

According to her wishes cremation has taken place.

A memorial service will be held at 2:00 P.M., Thursday, April 27, 2017 at the First United Methodist Church of Kalamazoo with Rev. Steve Charnley officiating.

Contributions in memory of Ruth may be made to the First United Methodist Church of Kalamazoo or to Hospice Care of Southwest Michigan.

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  1. Rhonda Boyd says:

    Dear Jon, Lisa and family,
    This is the day that the lord has made. May you and your family find rest and peace in your hearts in the coming days. I never had the honor of meeting Mrs. Peterson but I heard a lot about her and she had to be a remarkable lady. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  2. Judith Thumser says:

    Dear Jon Eric and family So very surprised and shocked to hear about youre Moms passing.. We had been good friends since kindergarden.. Loved talking on the phone with her, You are in my prayers. Judy Thumser

  3. Jan Getz says:

    So sorry to hear of your mom’s passing. Both of your parents were great people. I enjoyed the time I spent with them.

  4. Jan Getz says:

    So sorry for your loss. Both of your parents were great. I enjoyed the time I spent with them.

  5. Julie Jenkins says:

    I loved Mrs. Peterson as a second mother to my own, her good friend Alta Lahner. We laughed as I found it very hard to call her Ruth, because she was Mrs. Peterson. She was like a part of our family will always be remembered for her smile and the way she made you feel, special and loved. I will miss you Mrs. Peterson, I mean Ruth.

  6. Fred and Nancy Douglas says:

    Erik and Jon — we were shocked and so very saddened to learn of your Mother’s passing yesterday at church. I know one of you was there (I was looking but didn’t see you and don’t know which one was present.) We always enjoyed both of your parents, in choir and elsewhere that our paths crossed, such as Jacobson’s. I had the privilege of knowing her years ago when she attended the Otsego Congregational Church and I was in Allegan. (We were both much younger.) And it was a privilege to spend time with her at F.U.M.C. Talked with her when she attended services leading up to and for Easter. The good news for her is that she remained active and was able to get out under her own control to the very last. We will miss her constant smile and good words. She truly was a blessing to many.
    God bless her, you and your families.

  7. Bob and Deb Withee says:

    Erik and Jon, So sorry to hear about your mom’s passing. We enjoyed getting to know her when we worked for your dad at WMU’s Residence Hall Facilities. Enjoyed both your parents and will always remember them with fondness.

  8. Kris Kenz Locke says:

    To Ruth’s family,
    I am very sorry for your loss. I worked with Ruth in Financial Aid in the mid-80’s. Always so gracious and kind. I was just a kid then, but I smiled when I read that she loved antiques, especially china. I do too! I will raise a lovely tea cup to her memory.

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