It is with great sadness that we heard this morning of the death of Yvonne Peterson, wife of the late Bishop Les Peterson, in London, Ontario. Her daughter, Kathy, reported that she was surrounded by her family and died peacefully at 4 a.m on Sunday, 10 February. She said that members of the family had been keeping vigil in the palliative care section of the University Hospital, and that Yvonne had greeted the approaching end of her life singing hymns. She and her husband served the Diocese of Algoma in four churches: All Saints’ Coniston; St Peter’s, Elliot Lake; Christ Church, North Bay; and Trinity Church, Parry Sound, before Les was elected Bishop in 1983. From then until his retirement in 1994 the Petersons lived in Sault Ste Marie. Upon retirement they moved to London, Ontario, to be nearer to family. Bishop Peterson died in 2002. Please join us in thanking God for Yvonne’s life and ministry, and in praying for the comfort of God’s Spirit on all who mourn. The formal obituary follows. Bishop Andrews is planning to attend the funeral.
PETERSON, Yvonne "Vonnie"
February 10th, 2013
Peacefully, surrounded by her family at University Hospital, London, on Sunday, February 10th, 2013, Yvonne, in her 84th year. Wife of the late Right Rev. Leslie Peterson, Bishop of the Anglican Church of Algoma. Loving mother of Shauna Van hoof (Peter) of Pickering, Tom Peterson (Kathryn) of Vancouver, Jennifer Glage (Wolf-Christian) of Midland, Kathy Scott (Walter) of Victoria and Jonathan Peterson (Julia) of Fergus. Cherished grandmother of Nicole, Kyle, Chlóe, Amy, Devin, Whitney, Caleb, Kelsey, Andrew, Benjamin and Rebecca. Dear sister of Coralie Strathy of London. Survived by her nephew Glen Strathy. Memorial visitation will be held on Sunday, February 17th, 2013 from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. at the WESTVIEW FUNERAL CHAPEL, 709 Wonderland Road North, London. The memorial service will be conducted at St. Anne’s Anglican Church (Byron), 1344 Commissioners Road West, London, on Monday, February 18th, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. Interment, St. Anne’s Anglican Church Cemetery. Those wishing to make a donation in memory of Yvonne are asked to consider the Daily Bread Program at St. Paul’s Cathedral in London or The Primates World Relief and Development Fund.