Ellen R. Peterson, 78, passed away June 26, 2019

Ellen R. Peterson, 78, of St. Joseph, MI, passed away on Wednesday, June 26, 2019.

A Celebration of Life Memorial Service will take place at 11:00 A.M, on July 1, 2019, at Starks & Menchinger Chapel & Cremation Services, 2650 Niles Rd., St. Joseph, with Pastors Karen & Stephen Dye officiating. Friends may visit with the family an hour prior to the service. A private family interment will take place at Fort Custer National Cemetery in Augusta, MI, at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to Lakeland Health Auxiliary Allied Health Career Scholarship.

Ellen was born on May 19, 1941, in Newberry, Ml, to Denzil & Margaret (Davis) Hetrick. She graduated from Newberry High School in 1959 and continued her education by graduating Augustana School of Nursing in 1962, and earning her Master Degree in Health Administration from Governors State University in IL. On February 12, 1983, Ellen married John R. Peterson, in Northbrook, IL. The two were happily married for nearly 17 years until his passing on February 14, 2000. Ellen's main passion in her life was helping people. After many years as a registered nurse, in 1994, Ellen relocated to St. Joseph, MI as the Physician Recruiter for Lakeland Hospital and has called it home ever since. She was also a proud Lakeland volunteer. Ellen also enjoyed outdoor activities, sewing and downhill skiing.

Ellen is survived by her daughter, Margo (Edward) Walters of Holland, MI; son, Jess Peterson of South Carolina; step-son, Eric (Lino) Peterson of Wilmette, IL; ten grandchildren; siblings, Ann Lehto of Paw Paw, MI, Ernest (Jennie) Hetrick of McMillian, MI, Donald Hetrick of McMillian, MI, Matt Hetrick of Kalamazoo, MI, Linda Velarde of Fort Pierce, FL, and Celia (Peter) Liddell of Vero Beach, FL.

Ellen was preceded in death by her parents, Denzil & Margaret; husband, John; and siblings, Viola Guana, Ina Lehto, Rene Steele, Richard Hetrick, Robert Hetrick and Connie Wilson. 

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