Marcella C. PetersonIssue Date: July 19, 2018
Marcella (Marce) Claire (Schmelter) Peterson, age 90, died peacefully on Saturday, July 14, 2018, at Lakeshore Manor in Oshkosh, surrounded by many of her family members.
Marce was born in Brillion, Wisconsin, on Nov. 25, 1927, to Edward and Wilhelmenia Schmelter. She grew up in Green Bay during the Great Depression under the care of the Order of the Sisters of Notre Dame, Orphanage of St. Joseph. Marce graduated from St. Joseph Academy in 1946 and had many life-long friends from her school days.
She worked as a bookkeeper for Liberty Loan in Green Bay for several years. Marce married Robert R. Carrick in 1950. He passed away within a year of their marriage.
In 1952, Marce married Robert J. Peterson. They moved from Green Bay to De Pere in 1956. They were blessed with five children. Her husband Robert Peterson passed away in August 1970.
Marce was a homemaker while her children were young. She was a devoted mother and involved in her children's school activities and in various community groups. Marce was an accomplished cook, seamstress, and upholsterer. She was also an excellent bridge and sheepshead player. She was a long-time member of St. Francis Parish, De Pere, and a supporter of the Norbertine Community at St. Norbert's Abbey.
Later Marce received her associate degree in interior design from Fox Valley Technical School in Appleton. She worked for many years as an interior decorator in the Green Bay-De Pere area. She also was a realtor.
Marce loved to collect antiques and was very active in the Green Bay Antiquarian Society, Heritage Hill Historical Society and the De Pere Historical Society.
She liked spending time gardening and was a member of the De Pere Garden Club for many years. Marce enjoyed the outdoors and being at the family cottage on Thunder Lake (Crivitz, WI) while her children were growing up. Going fishing and canoeing around the lake were some of her favorite pastimes.
A fond memory is of her making blueberry pancakes with the blueberries her children picked in the woods. She continued to enjoy Thunder Lake after her retirement and lived there year-round for several years, watching the sunsets and eagles soar over the lake. She later relocated to Neenah to be near one of her daughters.
Marce also loved traveling and was able to travel to Europe, Mexico, Hawaii, and Alaska with various family members. She was an avid Packer fan since the 1950s.
Besides her two husbands, Marce was also preceded in death by her parents and her sister, Mary Gigante.
Survivors include her five children, John (Anita) Peterson, Jacksonville, Florida, Sue (Jae Cho) Peterson, Neenah, Wisconsin, Nancy (Tom) Holm, Champaign, Illinois, Jim (Bergen) Peterson, Vermillion, South Dakota and Andrew (Cori) Peterson, Jacksonville, Florida. Marce was very proud they were all college graduates and received their master's degrees. She is also survived by 18 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. She will be greatly missed by her family and friends.
Per her request, there will be no funeral. A private Memorial Service will be held at a later date. If you wish to make a donation in Marce's name, contributions can be made to either the Alzheimer's Association or to a charity of the donor's choice.
We would like to thank the dedicated staff at Lakeshore Manor for their compassionate care over the past three years. The family would also like to express its appreciation to Generations Hospice staff, Community Care staff and Dr. Angelo Taleon for the kind assistance and care they provided.
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