Alvada Ione Peterson


Alvada Ione Peterson, age 96 of Cedar Lake passed away at her daughter’s home in Berrien Springs on Friday, January 17, 2014.  Alvada was born in Star City, Michigan on July 25, 1917, the daughter of Charles and Bertha (Baird) Voss.  She was raised in the Otsego area, attended the Cedar Lake Academy, graduating in 1938 and continued her education at Madison College in Madison, Tennessee earning her registered nursing degree.

On December 5, 1945, Alvada married Alfred LeRoy Peterson in Cedar Lake.  Alvada was employed as a registered Nurse with Gratiot County Hospital for many years, retiring in 1983.  She was a member of the Cedar Lake Seventh Day Adventist Church.  Her hobbies included reading, traveling, cooking, sewing, canning and spending time with her family.

Alvada is survived by her children:  Judy (Lloyd) Sherwin of Edmore, Beverly (Merwin) Valentine of Berrien Springs, Marilyn Staton of Cedar Lake, Kathryn Myers of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, Janice Wolfer of Springboro, Ohio, Alvin (Emmie) Peterson of Saipan, Norman (Valerie) Peterson of Mt. Laurel, New Jersey; 14 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren and numerous extended family members and friends.

Alvada was preceded in death by her husband, Alfred in 1997; her parents, Charles and Bertha; three brothers: Floyd, Charles and Ival; two sisters:  Wilma and Dorothy; five grandchildren:  Julie Carr and four infants and one great-granddaughter.

Per the family’s wishes, cremation has taken place and a memorial service celebrating Alvada’s life will be scheduled at a later date.

Memorial contributions in Alvada’s honor may be made payable to the Cedar Lake Seventh Day Adventist Academy Worthy Student fund.

Condolences may be expressed to the family utilizing the guestbook below.






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