Katie Peterson

Katie I. Peterson (VanArsdale)

Saturday, December 19th, 1942 - Wednesday, June 10th, 2020
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Kate “Katie” I. Peterson, age 77, of Dubuque and formerly of Asbury, passed away at home on Wednesday June 10th, 2020 surrounded by family.

Katie was born on December, 19, 1942 in Kankakee, IL, the daughter of Hazel and C.D. VanArsdale. The family moved to Moline, IL in 1945 where Katie was raised. She graduated from Moline High School in 1960. She attended Western Illinois University and was a member of Alpha Sigma Alpha sorority.

She married her high school sweetheart, Ron Peterson on November 13, 1960 and they enjoyed almost 60 years together. They moved to Dubuque in 1970, along with their children.

Katie retired from Five Flags Center in 1996. She loved the noon hour euchre games with her co-workers, and was often called a ‘busher’, which she denied! She also loved to play bridge; always on the lookout for a slam! Katie enjoyed traveling, with Las Vegas and Caribbean cruises among her favorite destinations. She was a diehard Cubs and Hawkeyes fan who rarely missed a game on TV. Attending the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra concerts was also a favorite of Katie’s. She loved pets, especially cats, and leaves behind Lexie and Libby, who will dearly miss her.

She was a member of the Westminster Presbyterian Church.

Katie is survived by her husband, Ron; her son Rick Peterson of Woodstock GA; her daughter Sheri (Steve) Hawker of Ft. Collins, CO; and her grandchildren Brittany (Blake) Boyer of Roswell, GA, Tyler Hawker (Tiffany White) of Ft. Collins, CO, Courtney Hawker (Latham Riffle) of Ft. Collins, CO, and Garrett Peterson of IL; and sister-in-law Luan Neal of TX.

She was preceded in death by her parents, in-laws Doris & Carl Peterson; daughter-in-law Jill Peterson and brother-in-law Fred Neal.

All are welcome for visitation to take place from 12-2 p.m. Saturday, June 13, and a service beginning at 2 p.m. at Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home & Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Rd., officiated by Pastor Loren Shellabarger. In accordance with current guidelines on public gatherings, social distancing and mask use is kindly requested.

A special thanks to the staff at Hospice of Dubuque and No Place Like Home Senior Care for their outstanding care and compassion for the last several weeks.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Hospice of Dubuque, American Cancer Society, Westminster Presbyterian Church or a charity of choice.

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  • Visitation

    Saturday, June 13th, 2020 | 12:00pm - 2:00pm
    Saturday, June 13th, 2020 12:00pm - 2:00pm
    Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory
    2659 John F Kennedy Rd
    Dubuque, Iowa 52002
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Service

    Saturday, June 13th, 2020 | 2:00pm
    Saturday, June 13th, 2020 2:00pm
    Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory
    2659 John F Kennedy Rd
    Dubuque, Iowa 52002
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Rev. Loren Shellabarger


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Sandy and Rich Wellman

Posted at 10:25am
Ron and family, we express our sincere sympathies for your loss. We hope that your fond memories give you strength now and in the future.

Sincerely, Sandy and Rich Wellman

Tammy Milovich (Misfits)

Posted at 04:14am
Katie was truly a classy, beautiful , caring friend. My deepest condolences to her family. God bless you Katie. Much Love, Goochie.
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Delois Peterson

Posted at 10:31pm
I send my sincere thoughts and prayers for the Katie Peterson families. I am a family member Ron’s Cousin’s Wife of Jim Peterson. When the parents of the two Ron And Jim Had special or other occasions there was togetherness. So you have my sympathy. Memories Ron cherish I know that’s what Keeps me going since Jim passed.

Mary Spurrell

Posted at 08:01am
Where to begin..... We met 23 or so years ago, you were Mimipapa86, I was MBTAZ. Between then and now we shared so so many laughs, a few to many tears and countless memories. Trips to FL, Vegas, Many cruises! Limo trips, flying bras out of windows, on ceiling fans, late night chats online and on the phone. You are singlehanded, the most generous, thoughtful person I’ve ever met. I see you all around my house, at my camp in Maine and even though we sometimes went months without chatting, when we did chat, it was like we never skipped a beat. I will miss you but I know you are always with all of us. Love you Katie!

Buddy Jackie Bliss

Posted at 06:02am
I am was so saddened to learn of Katie's passing. She truly was a funny, loving lady. It was an honor to be able to be her friend. I will never for get the fun times we had online and in the few times we were able to be together IRL. Sending prayers to Ron and your family for peace.

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