THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
Roberta M. Peterson
Issue Date: May 20, 2020
Roberta Mae (Graunke) Peterson, 95, of Marinette, passed away Tuesday, May 12, 2020 at Ellen's Home Assisted Living facility in Germantown.
Born March 2, 1925 in Neenah, to the late Robert and Gertrude Mae Graunke, she graduated from Marinette High School on June 7, 1943 and started working at age 14 doing domestic work for prominent families in Marinette to help her family with household expenses. Later she worked at Shell Oil Company and the Kenosha County Courthouse. She married Conrad E. Krantz on Oct. 19, 1946 and he preceded her in death Nov. 29, 2000. She later married Darwin B. Peterson and they were married for 13 years until his passing on Oct. 11, 2016.
She was a homemaker and mother until her children grew older, when she worked part-time for the Sangamon Card Company filling the card racks at K-Mart in Menominee, Mi.
Religion was important to her and after marriage, she became a Lutheran and attended Zion Lutheran Church where she remained a member until her passing. She was an Evangelical and Methodist in her earlier years. She made many friendships with parishioners during her time at Zion and she was active in the Ruth Group, Sew for Missions and other Church activities.
An avid collector of lighthouses, her home was filled with many different lighthouse items she acquired during her travels to lighthouses throughout the country. She enjoyed playing the organ and piano and especially loved to sing.
She is survived by two children, Robert Louis (Sherri) Krantz of Delafield and Colleen Marie (Jeffery) Lundwall of Germantown; one granddaughter of Wauwatosa; a brother-in-law, Arthur Antonissen; a sister-in-law, Violet Graunke and many nieces and nephews.
Along with her parents and both husbands, Conrad Krantz of 54 years and Darwin Peterson of 13 years, she was preceded in death by a daughter, Karen Ann Krantz who died after childbirth; a sister, Patricia (Graunke) Antonissen of Woodbury, Mn. and a brother, Loren Graunke of Neenah.
Due to restrictions of Covid-19, a private funeral service was held at Zion Lutheran Church in Marinette on Saturday, May 16 at 10 a.m. The service was live streamed on the Church Facebook page, Zion Lutheran Church ELCA Marinette. Friends were welcomed to join the family at the Mellen Township Cemetery for the burial in Wallace, Mi. at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 16. Memorials can be made in her honor to Zion Lutheran Church, 2714 James Street, Marinette, WI 54143. Hansen Onion Martell Funeral Home of Marinette assisted the family.