Elsa M. Peterson

Sept. 25, 1924 - May 1, 2008

Elsa M. Peterson, 83, of Wales, died Thursday, May 1, 2008, at RiverHills West Health Care Center. She was born Sept. 25, 1924, in Utuado, Puerto Rico, to Teodosio Maldonada and Rosa Colon.

Elsa was a homemaker who loved cooking, playing the piano, making floral arrangements and loved her family in Puerto Rico and their food. She belonged to Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Okauchee.

Elsa is survived by her husband, Melvin Peterson, whom she married March 13, 1960; her children, Catherine Ann (Albert Lehr) Peterson-Lehr of Milwaukee and Melvin Peterson Jr. of New Berlin; a brother, Juan A. Maldonado; and grandchildren, Albert Landon Lehr III and John Philip Lehr.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her brother, Teodosio Maldonado.

A memorial service will be held at 7 p.m. Monday, May 5, at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 35181 Wisconsin Ave., Okauchee. The Rev. Jonathan Madson will officiate.

Memorials can be made to Alzheimer’s Association.

Schmidt & Bartelt Notbohm-Kreutzmann Funeral and Cremation Services is serving the family. For more information, call 567-4459 or visit online at

(Freeman - May 3, 2008)