Shirley M. Peterson, nee Padgitt, a former Oak Park resident, died in San Antonio, Texas, on Dec. 20, 2012. Born on June 27, 1920 in Chicago, she was a graduate of Marshall High School and worked at Underwriters Laboratories in Chicago, marrying her husband, Frank, in 1942. They raised their children in Oak Park and lived here until moving to San Antonio in 2002. They were active in Second Presbyterian Church, then First United Church of Oak Park, for many years and were busy volunteers for the OP-RF Food Pantry, the annual CROP Hunger Walk, their church, and the Oak Park Senior Center.
Mrs. Peterson worked as a secretary at Second Presbyterian Church for eight years, starting in 1962. She continued to work part-time in Chicago advertising agencies until she was 80. She bowled in both a women's and a couple's bowling league and was active in the Creative Needlers Guild. Retirement gave the Petersons a chance to go on many Elderhostel trips. She will be remembered for her gracious spirit, strength, determination, humor, willingness to help others, and her loving kindness.
Shirley Peterson is survived by her children, Susan (Phillip) Berkman, Nora Peterson (Richard Green), and John (Catherine) Peterson; her grandchildren, James Moore, Leah Berkman, Melissa Peterson and Ben Peterson; her great-grandchildren; and many other relatives. She was preceded in death by her husband of 62 years, Franklin C. Peterson, and her parents, Benjamin H. Padgitt and Edith C. (Bergman) Padgitt.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, June 22 at 10:15 a.m. at First United Church of Oak Park, 848 Lake St.
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