Ethel Eleanor Peterson

GARDEN — Ethel Eleanor Peterson, 94, formerly of Garden, passed away Sunday morning, Sept. 10, 2017, at Schoolcraft Medical Care Facility in Manistique.

Ethel was born Sept. 30, 1922, in Chicago, Ill., the daughter of Walfred and Esther (Lexander) Johnson. Following her high school graduation, Ethel went on to attend and graduate from West Suburban Hospital School of Nursing. On July 21, 1962, Ethel was united in marriage to Paul Peterson and together the couple made their home and raised their family in Chicago. Ethel was employed as an operating room nurse at Belmont Hospital for many years. Upon retirement, Ethel and Paul relocated to Garden where they built their family home and spent many wonderful years together. Paul preceded Ethel in death in 1985.

Survivors include: stepson, James (Susan) Peterson of Illinois; and stepdaughters, Carol (Ray) Kaspar of Illinois and Bonnie (Robert) Large of California. Also surviving are Ethel’s grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins.

In addition to her parents, Walfred and Esther, and her husband Paul, Ethel was preceded in death by son, Lynde Johnson in May of 1976; brother, Walfred Johnson; sister, Vivian Ciero; and stepson, Steve Peterson.

Funeral services for Ethel will be held at the convenience of her family. The Skradski Family Funeral Homes of Delta County are assisting with arrangements. Messages of condolence may be offered online at