Doris E. Peterson, 90, of Alpena passed away Monday, August 23, 2021, at MidMichigan Medical Center-Alpena.
Doris E. Nitscher was born on February 8, 1931, in Alpena to the late Ervin and Matilda (Paad) Nitscher. She was a lifelong resident, and married Warren Peterson on July 16, 1949. Together they raised a very loving family of six children. He preceded her in death on December 25, 2008. Doris loved where she lived, overlooking Lake Huron on property that her grandparents, Michael & Anna Paad, donated years ago that is now known as Mich-e-ke-wis.
Doris was a waitress at the State Café on the corner of State and Thunder Bay Avenue before raising her family. Along with raising, supporting all her children, and grandchildren in whatever activity that they were involved in, she loved and was a lifetime member of St. Paul Lutheran Church. She loved camping, making puzzles. Playing cards was the joy of her life, whether it was with a niece, nephew, child, grandchild, friend, or neighbor.
Surviving are her five children, Jerry (Kelly) Peterson, Sally (Gary) VanMassenhove, Tena Peterson, Robert (Michele Dainoviec) Peterson, April (Eric) Darga; eight grandchildren, Heather (Brendan) Maroney, Eric Peterson, Amy (Kurt) Konieczny, Kevin (Brooke) Peterson, Daniel (Cristie) VanMassenhove, Kristy (Kyle Klein) VanMassenhove, Alex Darga, Kelly (Scott) Bania; 23 great grandchildren, Kiara Frank, Kynzie Frank, Malachi Maroney, Alivia Maroney, Ezra Peterson, Maggie Kelly, Emma Kelly, Hendrix McKay, Harrison McKay, Lennyx Konieczny, Ledger Konieczny, Jaidyn Peterson, Kyler Peterson, Harper Peterson, Ireland Peterson, Isaac VanMassenhove, Sydney VanMassenhove, Klarissa Klein, Kaleb Klein, Ashlee VanMassenhove, Benjamin Bania, Kate Bania, Emily Bania; one great-great grandchild, Oliver Grunow.
Mrs. Peterson was preceded in death by her daughter, Marilee Peterson; granddaughter, Jessica Peterson; grandson Andrew VanMassenhove; sisters, Florence (William) Jaskolski, Marilyn Nitscher; brother, Donald Nitscher.
Visitation will take place Thursday at Bannan Funeral Home from 2-8 p.m. and continue Friday at St. Paul Lutheran Church-Alpena from 9:30 a.m. until the funeral service at 10:30 a.m. with Rev. John Shipman officiating.
Interment: Grace Lutheran Cemetery
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Paul Lutheran Church-Alpena or Hospice of Michigan.
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