Peter B. Acton

February 3, 1938May 7, 2011

Peter B. Acton, 73, of Mesa, AZ, formerly of Pittsburgh, PA, passed away peacefully on May 7, 2011. Pete was born in Sterling IL to the late H. Lyle and Bernice J. Acton. He was a graduate of Westview High School, class of 1956 and a 1959 graduate of the Culinary Institute of America. Pete was employed by H.J. Heinz company in 1959 where he was a research and developmental Chef working out of Venezuela, SA., where he met his beloved wife of 47 years Beatriz Hernandez, living there, Mexico, Pittsburgh, and Minneapolis. He retired from Heinz in 1996, and finally ended up, near his family, in Mesa, AZ. He is survived by his wife Beatriz Hernandez Acton, his only daughter Margaret Sandberg, son-in-law Erlend, three granddaughters, Kaileigh, Kaja, and Melanie. He is also survived by his sister Bonnie Moccio and brother Arthur J. Acton, numerous sisters & brother-in-laws, cousins, nieces and nephews. He was, throughout his life, an avid numismatist active in many clubs and assoc. in Pittsburgh and Phoenix. Peter can best be remembered by his devotion to his family and being his granddaughter’s biggest fan in all of their chosen endeavors. He was a gregarious kind man with a generous heart. There will be a Memorial Service, 5:00 p.m. Saturday June 11, 2011 at Mariposa Gardens Cemetery Chapel 6747 E. Broadway Road, Mesa, Arizona. In lieu of flowers a memorial has been set up through the American Heart Assoc., Condolences may be made at


  • Memorial Service Saturday, June 11, 2011

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Giovanna Hernández Vélez

July 27, 2011

Tener a Peter en nuestra familia y haberlo conocido, fue y es una bendición por su alegre, noble y transparente carácter. Siempre amoroso, siempre cálido, más latino que cualquier latino. Un tío inolvidable que desde hace muchos años vivía presente en nuestros corazones.

Marta and Bill Norris

June 27, 2011

Querida Beata y familia. Que linda manera de recordar a Peter viendo tan lindas fotos y leyendo lindos mensajes con amor y carino hacia Peter y ustedes; esto es realmente lo unico que ayuda a aminorar el dolor de su ausencia fisica. Peter siempre estara en mi corazon y el de Bill como un gran y especial amigo. Su sonrisa, su generosidad, su buen caracter, y su conocimiento en tantos temas que siempre uso para compartir con los demas.

May 25, 2011

To Peters Family, my deepest sympathy. I will miss his friendly conversatons and wonderful knowledge. He was a wonderful numismatist. I have only known Peter for three years, but will remember him always. My thoughts are with you all. Greg Donovan, Phoenix, AZ

Sara Jean Moccio

May 23, 2011

Thinking of you Aunt Beatriz and Maggie...Uncle Pete will be missed by all who knew and loved him.

Love - Sara Jean, Fred, Kerri and Ryan

May 22, 2011

God bless you

God bless you Beatriz & Maggie. I will pray for Peter and all your family. I wish I could be there to hold you in my arms.

Your friend from St. Teresa's

Eileen Terjak


May 16, 2011

May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.


Father Lyle, Mom Bernice, sister Bonnie and bouncey baby Pete


Two years old & cute as a bug


Bonnie Bean, Peter Pot & Jimmy Jumper