Karen A. Peterson, age 70, of Escanaba, passed away Thursday evening, August 20, 2020 at her home after battling pancreatic cancer for several months. She was born on December 11, 1949 in Escanaba, the daughter of Robert and Mildred (Sundling) Jerow. Karen enjoyed music since she was a young child. She first started with piano lessons and in the 6th grade joined the grade school band, learning to play the clarinet. She continued through graduation with the marching and concert band. In 1966/1967, the marching band was invited to march in two Green Bay Packer halftime games, one in Green Bay and the other in Milwaukee, WI. The concert band also accompanied Doc Severinsen of the Johnny Carson TV Show. Later, Karen spent a few years playing with the City of Escanaba Band. The former Karen A. Jerow married William “Bill” Peterson on August 9, 1969 at Bethany Lutheran Church in Escanaba. Together, they spent just over 51 years of marriage and created wonderful memories. As a life-long member of Bethany Lutheran Church, Karen participated with the Youth and Adult Choirs, served on the church council, and also several committees. Karen and Bill enjoyed their companionship for the entire married life. Last year, for their 50th wedding anniversary, the took the scenic tour around Lake Superior, including through Canada.
Karen A. Peterson leaves behind her husband of 51 years and 11 days, whom she stole his heart as the girl next door, Bill Peterson of Escanaba; 4 grandchildren, David, Tosha, Sam, and Zachary Peterson; 2 great-grandchildren, Kiana and Taylee Singleton; and many cousins, nieces, and nephews.
In addition to her parents, Karen was preceded in death by her daughter, Julie Ann Peterson; son, Richard Edward Peterson; one great-granddaughter, Kiara Singleton; and her brother, John Jerow.
Visitation will be held from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, August 26, 2020 at Bethany Lutheran Church in Escanaba. Funeral services celebrating the life of Karen will follow at 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, with Rev. Terry Frankenstein officiating. Burial will take place in Lakeview Cemetery in Escanaba. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials please be directed to U.P. Health System Hospice or the Delta County Cancer Alliance.
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