Marilyn's Story

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Marilyn Doris Peterson (nee Young), 91, Pulaski County, passed away Saturday, Jan. 6, 2018, in Danville, Illinois.
Marilyn was born Sept. 5, 1926, in Dearborn, Michigan, where her father had left England for work at Ford Motor Co. During the 1930s, the family returned to England for a few years. Upon return, Marilyn developed a lifelong love of books and determined to become a children's librarian, graduating from Wayne State University in Detroit. She married Gerald Alfred Peterson in 1952 through the Ford Thunderbird Ski Club, which Gerald founded.
They had two children, Mary Elizabeth and James Gerald, and spent eight years in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, before finding their final home on a farm near Star City and Winamac. There Marilyn immersed herself in teaching at the Winamac Elementary School and designing the new school library, complete with story "pit," where she spent many delightful hours reading to the children and teaching them the skills they needed to use the library.
A classical pianist, she enjoyed volunteering for the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and eventually found music again with friends in Pulaski County with the local Extension Cords Choir. She traveled far and wide with her beloved husband Jerry in their travel trailer, from Alaska to Mexico, and Maine to California, and flew back to England a couple of times with her daughter.
Marilyn passed away in Danville, Illinois, where her daughter resides. She is survived by husband Gerald, 101; her two children; son-in-law, Dr. George Zundo; daughter-in-law, Gail Dyer; five grandchildren, Michael, Sam, and Emma Peterson, and Dr. Erik and Andrew Zundo; granddaughter-in-law, Kristyn Zundo; and two great-grandchildren, Jack and Luke Zundo.
She was deeply loved. Family asks that in lieu of flowers, friends may choose to donate in her memory to the ASPCA or the Pulaski Animal Center.
A service will be at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 11, at St. Luke Lutheran Church in Winamac, with a light supper afterward. Interment will take place at Meadow View Cemetery in Lafayette the following day, at 10 a.m. Friday, Jan. 12.
Visitation will be 4:30 p.m. until the time of services Thursday at the church.
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Published on January 9, 2018
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