OBITUARY

Joan Kay Peterson

December 1, 1947September 13, 2020
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Joan Kay Peterson, born December 1, 1947, went into the presence of her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on Sunday, September 13, 2020.

Joan spent her childhood growing up in Riverdale, Michigan. Her days were spent swimming on the Pine River and spending time with family.

Following graduation from Alma High School, she moved to Lansing and began a job at Western Union as a Teletype Operator. During those years, she enjoyed playing softball and riding her motorcycle in her free time.

She met the love of her life, Thomas Peterson, on a blind date. Later, on December 27, 1969, they were married. Thomas precedes her in death.

After marriage, she began a position in the Identification Department of the Michigan State Police as a Teletype Operator. She remained with the Michigan State Police until she relinquished her position shortly after her youngest daughter was born to be home with their three children. She remained at home and took great pleasure in raising their three children and being involved in their lives. She and Tom celebrated their 50th anniversary in December of 2019 and remained heavily involved in the lives of their children and grandchildren through the years. She loved her family well and took great joy in being an active part of their lives.

Joan was also a longtime member of Calvary Baptist Church for over 40 years where she faithfully served in many different capacities, including Nursery Coordinator and Hospitality. Throughout her life, she selflessly gave of herself to serve others, including her family, her friends, and her church family. She was a very caring individual who loved well and was always willing and ready to serve others. Over the years, she was also known by her family and friends as a Prayer Warrior. When a concern was brought to her attention, she was well-known for saying, "Let's pray!"

Left to cherish her memory is her son Randy (Angie) Peterson; daughters, Laurie Walters, and Dawn (Thomas) Phillips; and her grandchildren Chara, Nathan, Elijah, Levi, Titus, Aleia, Hannah, and Abigail.

Joan is also preceded in death by her parents, Wilbur R. and Norberta J. (LaVoy) Foster; brother, Robert Foster and sister, Mary Wing.

The funeral service will be held at 1:00pm on Wednesday, September 16, 2020 at Calvary Baptist Church, with visitation from 12:00pm until the time of service. Burial will follow in Gunnisonville Cemetery.

Contributions in Joan's memory can be made to Calvary Baptist Church, 14769 Wood Road, Lansing, Michigan or Compassus Hospice Care of Lansing.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.grdewitt.com for the Peterson family.

  • DONATIONS

  • Calvary Baptist Church
  • Compassus Hospice Care

Services

  • Visitation

    Wednesday, September 16, 2020

  • Funeral Service

    Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Memories

Joan Kay Peterson

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Shirley Minnie

September 15, 2020

As principal of a Christian school in Holt, Michigan, I had the privilege of having all three of Tom and Joan’s children in my school. During that time Joan was a great help volunteering for many activities with which her children were involved. Tom and Joan kept their 3 children in a Christian school for a number of years in spite of the cost. I consider that a remarkable loving sacrifice - one they felt worth all the material “things” they had to do without themselves! I consider them both exemplary parents.

Gaynor Taylor

September 15, 2020

Dawn and family. I am so sorry for the loss of your Mum. Your Mum would always come into McDonald's very friendly, and always would say hello to me. I will always treasure her smile. Your Mum would make my day. She will be greatly missed.

Lloyd and Sue Mox

September 14, 2020

Joan added us to her family after Dawn married our cousin.
She loved to tease.
We spent many Sunday nights as a group at fast food restaurants after evening service.
She and Tom were part of our Sunday school class.

Ida Salisbury

September 14, 2020

She loved her family and music. It was a joy to know her and her family. I know she will be missed for her prayers for her family! She was a loyal friend of Jesus and His family.

Robin Love

September 14, 2020

I met Joan and Tom many years ago while working for ABCU. Joan always made it a point to stop and talk with me, catching me up on her family. Even after moving to Phoenix, AZ, Joan always made it a point to send me a Christmas card with a lovely scripture written inside. To the Peterson family, my deepest condolences.
Robin Love
Gaylord, MI

FROM THE FAMILY

Joan parachuting on beach at Acapulco. 10-31-1972

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Joan May 1968

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Oden Fish Hatchery Aug. 1949 - Joan with her mother, Bert.

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2-4-1949

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Jan. 21, 1976 - Joan Kay, Thomas Lee, Laurie Ann, Randy Lee

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Joan parachuting on beach at Acapulco. 10-31-1972

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Joan May 1968

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Oden Fish Hatchery Aug. 1949 - Joan with her mother, Bert.

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2-4-1949

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Jan. 21, 1976 - Joan Kay, Thomas Lee, Laurie Ann, Randy Lee

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4 months, 1 week old. 4-8-1948

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12-27-1969 - Beautiful Bride, Joan Kay Foster

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1948 - 10 months old - at Riverdale, MI. Her house on Maple Street

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Dec. 1968 - Joan and Elaine in their apartment in Lansing, MI

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Aug. 1967 at Bass Lake in Vestaburg, MI

Biography

Joan Kay Peterson, born December 1, 1947, went into the presence of her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on Sunday, September 13, 2020.

Joan spent her childhood growing up in Riverdale, Michigan. Her days were spent swimming on the Pine River and spending time with family.

Following graduation from Alma High School, she moved to Lansing and began a job at Western Union as a Teletype Operator. During those years, she enjoyed playing softball and riding her motorcycle in her free time.

She met the love of her life, Thomas Peterson, on a blind date. Later, on December 27, 1969, they were married. Thomas precedes her in death.

After marriage, she began a position in the Identification Department of the Michigan State Police as a Teletype Operator. She remained with the Michigan State Police until she relinquished her position shortly after her youngest daughter was born to be home with their three children. She remained at home and took great pleasure in raising their three children and being involved in their lives. She and Tom celebrated their 50th anniversary in December of 2019 and remained heavily involved in the lives of their children and grandchildren through the years. She loved her family well and took great joy in being an active part of their lives.

Joan was also a longtime member of Calvary Baptist Church for over 40 years where she faithfully served in many different capacities, including Nursery Coordinator and Hospitality. Throughout her life, she selflessly gave of herself to serve others, including her family, her friends, and her church family. She was a very caring individual who loved well and was always willing and ready to serve others. Over the years, she was also known by her family and friends as a Prayer Warrior. When a concern was brought to her attention, she was well-known for saying, "Let's pray!"

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