Peterson, Shirley Ann

MADISON—Shirley Ann Peterson passed away on Aug. 8, 2017, at St. Mary’s Care Center in Madison, Wis. She was born on July 21, 1935, in Ironwood, Mich., the daughter of Catherine (Viher) and Dominic Longhini. She attended Newport School and graduated from Luther L. Wright High School in 1953. Over the years she also lived in Denver, Colo., Long Island, N.Y., Wausau, Wis., and Madison, Wis.

Family and faith brought great joy to Shirley. She is survived by her four children, Nan (Jim Stangel) Peterson, Scott (Kathy) Peterson, Todd (Gwynne) Peterson, and Chris (Mark Davis) Peterson; six grandchildren, Lindsay (Joel) Stafford, Daniel ( Shelley) Peterson, Justin (Elizabeth Dennison) Stangel, Griffin Stangel, Siena Casanova, and Maya Casanova; two great-grandchildren, Collin Scott Stafford and Cooper Arthur Stafford; three brothers, John (Jack) (Greta) Longhini, Anthony (Kay) Longhini, and Dominic Jr. (Sandi) Longhini; many nieces and nephews; former spouse, John Gerald (Jerry) Peterson; and sister-in-law, Helen Peterson. A special thank you for the long-time friendships of many, especially Geri Slock, Sharon Sullivan, and Anne D. Peterson.

She was loved immensley and our memories will forever be treasured. She was always supportive and so proud of her family; loving them unconditionally. Her love and vast knowledge of football and basketball amazed us; she was a true fan of the Wisconsin Badgers and Green Bay Packers. Her horse, and numerous pets over the years added to the family memories.

The family wishes to acknowledge and thank Dr. Huang, the staff at the Heart Failure Clinic, and staff of St. Mary’s Care Center for their care and support.

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A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 19, 2017, at OUR LADY OF PEACE CATHOLIC CHURCH in Ironwood. Father Robb Jurkovich will be the celebrant. Shirley’s family will receive relatives and friends one hour prior to the Mass in St. Joseph’s Family room on Saturday. Inurnment will be in the Riverside Cemetery in Ironwood.

Range Funeral Service and Crematory, Ketola-Burla Funeral Home of Ironwood is assisting the family with arrangements. To send online condolences, visit

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