THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
Eva Jane Peterson,
Eva Jane Peterson, 82, of Iron Mountain, Mi., passed away Sunday, Dec. 15 at home.
The former Eva Bartlett was born on June 12, 1931 in Crystal Falls, Mi. to the late Lloyd Frank and Ida (Kirkendall) Bartlett. She was employed as a waitress, did catering, was a nurse's aid and a newspaper carrier for the Iron Mountain Daily News. She also served as a foster parent for many children, some of whom had special needs.
She enjoyed gardening, growing fresh vegetables, farming, cooking, baking, crocheting, sewing, playing her organ and accordion, her huge fish tank and birds. She also enjoyed fishing, hunting and shooting her first buck at age 70 where she displayed it in the Daily News. Most of all, being with family and friends and making them big holiday meals, is what she enjoyed most. Unable to graduate from high school, later in life she attended North Dickinson High School wearing a cap and gown and receiving her High School Diploma in 1974 at age 39.
Survivors include her four children, Diana Anderson (James), of Hardwood, Mi., Judy Plaswirth and Sandra Begosh, both of Iron Mountain and Jane Peterson (Mike), of Sagola, Mi.; 16 grandchildren; 39 great-grandchildren; seven great-great-grandchildren; a brother, Richard Bartlett of Randville, Mi. and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Everett Peterson; a daughter, Ethel Marie (Berger) Johnson; a granddaughter, Sherry Lynn Smiltneek; four sisters and four brothers.
Family and friends may call at Anderson Diehm Funeral Home, Stephenson on Thursday, Dec. 19 from noon until time of funeral service at 1 p.m. Rev. Andrew Stonina will officiate with burial in Channing Cemetery, Channing, Mi.