Eleanora R. Peterson

Eleanora R. Peterson passed away on Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017. She was born in Kenosha on May 14, 1921, to the late Salvatore and Raffaela (Cosentino) Chiappetta. She graduated from Kenosha Central (now Bradford High) School in 1939 and became private secretary to Donald W. Anderson of Specialty Brass Co. At the start of WWII, she moved to Milwaukee, working as assistant to the VP of rationed procurement of war materials for the Acme Galvanizing Co.

On Feb. 8, 1947, Eleanora married Eugene Lee Peterson, of Lunds, at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Kenosha. The couple settled in Milwaukee, where Eleanora worked for banking and construction businesses, until she managed Ma Peterson’s Realty for 20 years, with a staff of 10 salespeople, before retiring to Lunds.

Eleanora was a member of Jerusalem Lutheran Church in Lunds and Zion Lutheran Church in Shawano. Her community service was extensive. Eleanora was one of the founding mothers of the National Association of the Mothers of Twins, the Milwaukee Mothers of Twins, and was a Girl Scout leader in Greenfield. She was also the Commander of Unit 22 Shawano County of DAV Auxiliary for 19 years. She especially enjoyed teaching second-graders flag etiquette, riding in parades in the 1930 Model A, visiting the casino, and telling fortunes (which did not help at the casino). Always willing to help, she loved many special friends, too numerous to list, and no matter by which alias they knew her – El, Ellie, Chips, Ma, Mom – that love was returned.

Eleanora is survived by her children, Susan Peterson Neuhaus, John (Ann) Peterson, Bruce (Jill) Peterson, and Brian Peterson; her grandchildren, Robert, Daniel, Cole, and Brett; her sister, Roma Cesario, of Kenosha; sister-in-law Arlene (Peterson) Grunewald, of Bonduel; her special cousins; the Aiello family in Kenosha; Sam Ruffalo, of Milwaukee; many nieces, nephews, cousins and dear friends; and her poodle, Darby.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 67 years, Eugene; her parents; her sisters and brothers-in-law, Mary (Cyril) Marsden, Elaine (Robert) Pinzger, Eletta (Thomas) Guider, Lydia (Frank Judeikas) (Joseph Kluka), and Guido Cesario; her niece, Rita Judeikas Floryance; and her son-in-law, Dr. Robert Neuhaus.

A memorial service for Eleanora will be held on Saturday, Dec. 2, 2017, at 11 a.m. at Zion Lutheran Church in Shawano. Pastor Scott Ludford will officiate. Inurnment is in the Jerusalem Evangelical Lutheran Cemetery in Lunds, following the service. Visitation will take place from 10 a.m. until the time of service. In lieu of flowers and plants, memorials may be made to Zion Lutheran Church.

Chronically late throughout her life, Eleanora will be on time for her own funeral.

Mickelson Funeral & Cremation Service of Shawano is assisting the family with arrangements. Please share online condolences at www.mickelsonfs.com.