Irene M. Peterson, 67, Bethany Home, Waupaca, a former Amherst area resident and treasurer of the town of Lanark, died Saturday, March 25, 2000, after a two-year battle with a brain tumor.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Amherst with the Revs. Dale Critchley and John Schmidt officiating. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery in Amherst.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday at the Jungers-Holly Funeral Home in Amherst and at the church Tuesday from 10 a.m. until the services. A prayer service will be held at 7 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.
Mrs. Peterson was born April 4, 1932, in the town of Lanark, a daughter of the late Karl and Martha (Lucht) Kussman. She attended Valley View Grade School in the town of Lanark and graduated from Amherst High School 50 years ago.
She attended Luther College in Decorah, Iowa, and graduated from Concordia Teachers College in River Forest, Ill., in 1953 with a bachelor of science degree in education.
She taught at Zion Lutheran School in Granton and St. John Lutheran School in Tigerton. She also worked as a counselor at Camp Luther in Three Lakes.
She was married to Walter Peterson on June 15, 1957, in Amherst, where they have lived the past 43 years.
She served as the treasurer for the town of Lanark from 1991-93.
She was the superintendent of the St. Paul’s Lutheran Sunday School for 25 years and was a lifetime member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Amherst, where she started the Vacation Bible School.
Survivors include her husband, Amherst; four sons, David (Lenore), Scandinavia, Larry (Robin), Roseau, Minn., and Wayne and Gene, both of Amherst; two daughters, Sharon (Tony) Kurszewski, Amherst, and Karen (Roger) Wojtalewicz, Montello; one sister, Dorothy Chick, Weyauwega; and 12 grandchildren.
She was also preceded in death by one son, Roger, and one brother, Donald Kussman.