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Margaret Peterson

December 28, 1934 - September 10, 2018
Burt, MI

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Thursday, September 13, 2018
2:00 PM to 4:00 PM EDT
Cederberg-Brietzke Funeral Home
403 N. Michigan Ave.
Saginaw, MI
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Visitation

Thursday, September 13, 2018
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM EDT
Cederberg-Brietzke Funeral Home
403 N. Michigan Ave.
Saginaw, MI

With a Vigil Service at 7:30PM

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Service

Friday, September 14, 2018
11:00 AM EDT
St. Dominic Parish-SS. Peter & Paul Campus
4735 W Michigan Ave
Saginaw, MI 48638
(989) 799-5448
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Loving, generous, and kind, Margaret (Turner) Peterson lived a faith-centered life, rich in family and service to others. With unwavering integrity and boundless energy, Margaret was beautiful inside and out. She absolutely radiated God’s love to all and proved a powerful role model for all who were blessed to know her. A devoted wife, mother, and grandmother, loving sister, delightful “Aunt Peter,” and treasured friend, Margaret will be deeply missed and lovingly remembered.

Despite the obvious gloom of the Great Depression, 1934 gave birth to many celebrated firsts. Flash Gordon made his debut while Fuji Photo Film was established. The Three Stooges took center stage in their first short while the nation first met Donald Duck. The year marked the turning point in the Great Depression as the rays of Hope peeked through the clouds of despair in America when unemployment decreased to 22%. Nowhere was there a greater sense of hope than in Albee Township as Edward and Dorothy (Wells) Turner welcomed their daughter Margaret into their family on December 28th.

The fifth of the Turners’ twelve children, Margaret was born in the family home on Rathbun Rd where she grew up. Much of her childhood was filled with family-centered activities. Along with her siblings; Jacqueline, Edward, Geraldine, Madeline, Bernard, Art, Joyce, Carol, Judy, Hank, Phil, Margaret was expected to handle her chores and to help around the household from a very early age. For many years, her father provided for the family through his work at the GM Foundry in Saginaw. Later he drove a tar truck for the Saginaw County Road Commission. Margaret’s mother held the responsibilities of running the home and raising the children.

Margaret attended Albee Elementary School and Webber Junior High. She also attended Saginaw High School until she quit in the 11th grade. During her younger years, she forged extremely close friendships with her cousin Lois and her best friend, Jeannie Baker. She was blessed to continue to share both friendships her entire life.

One fateful night in 1950, Margaret and Lois decided to go to the Ravenna Gardens Dance Hall in Swan Creek. As she was only 15 years old at the time, Margaret lied about her age saying she was 18 so she could get in. It turned out to be one of the best decisions she ever made. That evening she and Lois met Robert “Bob” Peterson. After the dance, Bob called Margaret and asked for Lois. Margaret played along, and soon she was heading out on a date with him. To this day the joke is that Bob thought he was going on a date with Lois and not Margaret! It didn’t take long for him to figure out the truth and to discover his good fortune. Soon the pair were a steady couple.

With sights on creating a family together, the young couple married on March 7, 1952, at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in El Paso, Texas. With a strong desire to raise her own family with the same comforts she enjoyed in her childhood, Margaret and Bob purchased land on Rathbun Rd just down the street from her parents. They built their home, paying for it as they went, and were proud never to have had a house payment! An additional bonus was Margaret’s sister Joyce married Bob’s brother Bill, and they made their home on Rathburn street too. Also, Margaret and Joyce’s brother Bernard and his family lived in the house next to Bob and Margaret, while Bob’s brother Jimmy and his family lived across the street. Eventually, Margaret’s daughter Kathy and her husband Bruce bought the house from Uncle Jimmy. So, pretty much everyone on the street was related.

Later in 1952, Margaret began her greatest adventure upon the birth of her first child, Terry. Kathy arrived in 1956 and was soon followed by Karen in 1958, Bobbie Jo in 1960, Paul in 1965, Jackie in 1969, and Bill in 1970. Margaret relished in motherhood and dedicated her entire being to creating a loving and supportive home for her family. Building upon the firm foundation of her own childhood, faith and family were the center of her parenting. Her children were her life, and she was a very proud mother. Though stern when required, she was an unwavering source of comfort and support. Whether tending a scraped knee, cheering at a game, or lending a sympathetic ear, Margaret was always there reminding her children that they were enough. Margaret and Bob raised their family with strong Catholic traditions including attending mass every Sunday and Saints Peter and Paul (now St. Dominic Parish) where they were lifelong members. Margaret kept God at the center of all things, and she strove to embody the principles of her faith.

Margaret was the kind of mom who never hesitated to sacrifice her own needs and desires so that her children could have the things she didn’t have as a child. Smart and thrifty, Margaret never ran out of creative ways to meet her family’s needs. She would wear old threadbare pants, mending them over and over again, instead of buying new ones so she could take her children shopping for new clothes. For many summers the family spent time at Londo Lake. Though Margaret always complained that it wasn’t a vacation for her because she still had to cook and clean, she was very proud of the fact that everyone around loved her home cooking. She loved that everyone always wanted a plate when she was frying up the fish the guys had caught.

New Year’s Eve was an especially delicious holiday in the Peterson home. It was the night for Margaret’s delicious split pea soup which was eaten at Midnight to ensure a prosperous new year. This important tradition continues to live on in each of the homes of Margaret’s children. Margaret also taught her children the art of making a great whirlpool in their backyard pool, and she thoroughly enjoyed trick or treating with her grandchildren. She enthusiastically accepted all of the candy they didn’t like or want and appeared to enjoy the holiday even more than the kids.

Naturally generous, Margaret felt genuinely called to do good for others. When not tending to her family, she was often pouring her time and talents into lessening the loads others were carrying. She lovingly cooked and baked goodies for people she knew were “less fortunate” than herself or who were in need of kindness. When her children began families of their own, Margaret enthusiastically volunteered for babysitting duties! Once she started to draw social security, she saved her entire check each month so she could give her children, their spouses, and all of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren Christmas gifts each year.

Retirement afforded Margaret and Bob the opportunity to travel, and they soon made a tradition of packing up each spring and setting off to visit their sons Terry in Mesa, Arizona, and Bill in Taylor, Texas for several weeks each. Summers were all about gardening and canning. Bob loved to garden, and Margaret loved to can the bounty of his efforts; they were a great team! Margaret canned her heart out! Sweet corn, green beans, tomatoes, tomato juice, pickles, beets, you name it, Margaret found a way to preserve its deliciousness.

For fun, Margaret enjoyed a good game of bingo and the occasional trip to the casino where she’d try to win some “cabbage.” Many a fond memory was made with her dear friend, Marge Vincent. Over the years, Margaret and Marge shared girls weekends, shopping trips, lunches, dinners, casino trips, and more. Marge was always up for a good time and their friendship was a Godsend.

A constant source of hope and happiness, Margaret provided warmth on life's darkest days and made the best of days even better. Without a doubt, the world feels significantly duller in the absence of Margaret’s bright and beautiful light. May there be comfort in knowing that her legacy of love, faith, and strength lives on in the hearts and lives of those who were blessed to know her. With each kind listening we offer another, family tradition we share, and tear we tend, we celebrate the many gifts Margaret so freely gave to each of us. In so doing, we keep her legacy alive and inspiring others as she so inspired us.

Margaret L. Peterson, age 83 of Burt, Michigan passed away September 10, 2018, at Hoyt Nursing Home in Saginaw following an extended illness. The daughter of the late Edward and Dorothy (Wells) Turner, Margaret was born December 28, 1934, at the family home in Albee Township. She married Robert W. Peterson on March 7, 1952, at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in El Paso, Texas. She was a member of St. Dominic Parish (SS Peter & Paul Catholic Church). She enjoyed playing bingo.

Surviving are her husband, Robert; 7 children, Terry (Sue) Peterson, Kathy (Bruce) Winiarski, Karen (Mike) Amman, Bobbie Jo Dice, Paul (Lana) Peterson, Jackie (Kevin) Kinnucan, and Bill (Laurie) Peterson; 16 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; 4 sisters and 1 brother, Geraldine Renner, Joyce (William) Peterson, Carol (John) Ryder, Judy (Eddie) Fisher, and Philip Turner.

She was preceded in death by 4 brothers and 2 sisters, Edward Turner, Bernard Turner, Arthur Turner, Henry Turner, Jacqueline Zoellner, and Madeline Dowd.

Funeral Service will take place 11:00 a.m. Friday at St Dominic Parish, (SS Peter and Paul Catholic Church Site) located on West Michigan Ave. in Saginaw. Rev. Fr. Jack Johnson will officiate, Interment will take place at Pine Grove Cemetery. Friends may visit with the family at Cederberg-Brietzke Funeral Home, 403 N. Michigan Ave. on Thursday from 2:00 to 4:00 and 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. and at the church on Friday from 10:00 a.m. until time of service. There will be a Vigil Service at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Funeral Home.

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