Marie K. Peterson, 72

Loving mother Marie K. Peterson of Fredonia passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday morning, Oct. 9, 2013, at Aurora Medical Center in Grafton. She was 72 years old.

Marie was born July 9, 1941, in Port Washington, the daughter of Clarence and Oliva Risch Ansay. She was a 1959 graduate of Port Washington High School. Marie worked at Rockwell Automation in Mequon for almost 25 years. Marie enjoyed living life to its fullest, and was active in many activities and hobbies.

She was a longtime member of Divine Savior Parish, where she participated in numerous committees and groups, including the choirs at both St. Rose Chapel and Holy Cross Chapel. She was an avid card player who enjoyed playing sheepshead and bridge with friends from her groups. She belonged to the Fredonia Garden Club, Kettle Moraine Square Dancers and the Women’s Moose Lodge in Saukville. When her children were young, she was a Little League coach as well as a 4-H leader in Fredonia and Waubeka.

Marie is survived by her children, Loretta (John) Castonia of Ventura, Calif., Michael (Shannon) of De Pere, Jeffrey (Melissa) of Fort Atkinson, Kevin of Madison and Megan of Fredonia. She is further survived by two grandchildren, Abigail and Andrew Peterson; brothers, Lester (Lois) Ansay of Olathe, Kan., and Ronald (Chris) Ansay of Fredonia; sisters, Bernice (Dennis) Junger of West Bend, Rosanne Wittkop of Simi Valley, Calif., and Joanne (Ken) Redman of Fredonia; nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents and her son, Ricky Peterson.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 17, 2013, at Divine Savior Parish, St. Rose Chapel, 305 Fredonia Ave., Fredonia. She will be laid to rest in the parish cemetery. The family will receive visitors at Eernisse Funeral Home, 1600 W. Grand Ave., Port Washington, on Thursday from 3 p.m. to 6:15 p.m., leaving in procession for St. Rose Chapel at 6:30 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested. Eernisse Funeral Home, Port Washington, is honored to be serving the family. Online condolences may be left at