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Lillian Catherine Peterson

Published On: Feb 25 2014 04:44:47 PM CST

Madison Lillian C. Peterson passed away peacefully on February 23, 2014 at Capitol Lakes Terraces in Madison, WI.

Lillian was born on May 7, 1920 in Marquette, Michigan to Ernest and Elsie (Windl) Peterson. At 8 months she moved to Jefferson, Wisconsin where she attended St. John the Baptist Catholic School and Jefferson High School. After graduation, she moved to Madison and began work for The Wisconsin Telephone Company as a Switchboard Operator manually connecting people as they made their calls. She 44 years later retired as an Information Operator.

Lillian’s connections to family and church were very important to her. She regularly attended St. Raphael’s Cathedral, then later St. Patrick’s Parish after a fire destroyed the cathedral. With St. Raphael’s just across the street from her apartment, Lillian was a regular volunteer at many of the events held at the cathedral. From her apartment, she could easily see the fire and was deeply saddened by the loss.

Lillian held her family close to her heart and could name all her nieces and nephews and their children. She loved getting their cards and pictures and watching them grow. She would remember the many birthdays and holidays with a card.

Lillian also loved to travel. She left behind many photo albums from her travels over the years. She had an artistic side with projects ranging from quilting to rosemaling. Her apartment was filled with several examples of her craftwork. She was also an accomplished seamstress and was still doing small projects up until her passing.

Lillian is survived by her sister, Josie Klecker and her many nieces, nephews and their families. Along with her parents, she was preceded in death by her two sisters (Florence and Margaret) and her brother (Clarence).

Lillian’s family would like to acknowledge the wonderful staff and the care she received from The Capitol Lake’s Terraces and Agrace HospiceCare. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to Agrace HospiceCare in Fitchburg.

A Memorial Mass will be at 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 1, 2014 at ST. PATRICK ‘S CATHOLIC CHURCH, 404 E. Main Street, with Msgr. Kevin Holmes presiding. Visitation will be held from 10:00 until the time of Mass. Interment will be private, happening later this spring.

To view and sign this guestbook, please visit: www.ryanfuneralservice.com.

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