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Katherine Louise Peterson, 81, beloved wife of Col. Wilber Peterson, passed away Friday, May 20, 2016. Kathy was a long-time resident of Patriots Colony in Williamsburg.
She was born in Warren, Minn., on June 2, 1934. In 1952, she graduated from Warren High School and from the University of Minnesota in 1956. On Aug. 18, 1956, she married Wilber D. Peterson, also of Warren, Minn. Wilber, aka Pete, graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1955 and completed his Air Force training in 1956. Thus began a long military career together that took them to bases in Texas, California, the Philippine Islands and back to the United States including Illinois, Indiana, California and the Pentagon in Washington D.C.
Twins Karen and David were born in Harlingen, Texas, and Lisa was born in the Philippines in 1959.
In 1967, Pete was assigned to Danang Air Base in Vietnam and Kathy returned to Warren, Minn., to live with her parents for a year while Pete completed his Vietnam tour. This gave the children a chance to attend the same school that Pete and Kathy had attended as well as to live in the home in which Kathy grew up.
In each of the places they lived, Kathy was active in the officers’ wives clubs, local church musical programs, directing youth choirs and solo work with the church choirs. In 1981, Pete retired from the U.S. Air Force in 1998, and the couple moved to Williamsburg into a continuing-care retirement community (CCRC). She immediately put her musical talents to work and was instrumental in starting a Colony Chorus and Vespers Choir, both of which were still active at the time of her death and sure to be a part of her legacy at Patriots Colony.
Along with her musical work, Kathy volunteered with the American Red Cross in dental clinics and hospitals. She always was active in community projects and charitable organizations along with her children.
She is survived by her beloved husband, Pete; three children, Karen, David and Lisa and their spouses; six grandchildren and one great-granddaughter.
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