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Sharon R. Peterson, 60

February 4, 1957 to May 7, 2017

Sharon R. Peterson, 60, of Princeton passed away Sunday, May 7, 2017, at Perry Memorial Hospital in Princeton.

She was born Feb. 4, 1957, in Oak Park, the daughter of John and Margaret (Briggen) Heslin. She married Alvy Peterson July 18, 1981, at St.Patrick Catholic Church in Sheffield. He preceded her in death on July 31, 2003.

She graduated from George Rogers Clark High School and earned a Bachelor of Education and Library Science from Indiana University. She taught Spanish at Manlius High School and was a K-12 librarian for the Manlius School District. She finished her career as the junior high and high school librarian for Bureau Valley School District.

Sharon enjoyed reading, bicycling, quilting and cake decorating.

Surviving are her parents, John and Margaret of Chesterton, Ind.; two daughters, Rebekah (Kyle) Johnson of Buda and Sarah Peterson of Princeton; one brother, Mark (Deanna) Heslin of Chesterton, Ind.; one sister, Patricia (Chris) Trotta of St. Charles; numerous nieces and nephews; and a special friend, Brian Huffstodt of Princeton.

She was preceded in death by her husband Alvy; her grandparents; and her mother-in-law.

Private family services will be held with Father Jeffrey Stirniman officiating. Burial will be in the Manlius Cemetery in Manlius.

Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, May 17, at St. Louis Catholic Church in Princeton.

Memorials may be directed to the Sharon Peterson Memorial Fund.

Service/Memorial Information

Visitation 4-8 p.m. Wednesday, May 17, 2017 at St. Louis Catholic Church, Princeton, Illinois.

Funeral services are private with burial at Manlius Cemetery, Manlius, Illinois.

Cremation rites will be accorded.

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  • butterfly"I share my deepest sympathy with all of her family. Sharon was my Spanish teacher at Manlius High School (class of 89) and I have so many good memories of class, study hall and just her being a friend to me. I loved her smile and laugh and appreciate I was able to be one of her students. I will miss her deeply. May God comfort you all at this time."Tribute from: Amy Rasmussen Burk
    May 24, 2017
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  • candle"There is no charm equal to tenderness of heart - Jane Austen

    Sharon was a very caring person. I didn't have the pleasure of knowing her for very long, but what I did get to know of her will never be forgotten. While going through her own turmoil she thought of me and wished me a special birthday by bringing me gift from Flour House. It doesn't seem like much but it meant a lot to me."
    Tribute from: Tina Hufford
    May 17, 2017
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  • prayer"Sharon & I have been in the same building for pretty much my entire 14 years in teaching. She was at BV South when I was hired and we were both moved up to the high school around the same time so she has always been my librarian. I'm going to miss seeing her smile every day and chatting with her when passing through the library. I also really enjoyed the times we competed in trivia competitions together - we hardly ever missed a literature question! A great lady who exhibited pure class in everything she did, gone way too soon."Tribute from: Brian Humphrey
    May 17, 2017
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  • prayer"Oh Sarah, I am so sorry to read about the passing of your mom. Losing a parent is one of the most difficult things you will face and now you have had to do it twice. Please know all the people that love you and will be here for you on earth while your mom and dad now guide you together from heaven. We are praying for peace and strength for you and your sister....hugs.."Tribute from: Craig and Luanne Beintema
    May 11, 2017
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  • tullips" I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading! How much sooner one tires of any thing than of a book!--Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice

    Sharon shared her love of books with so many. I enjoyed reading a book she recommended and being able to talk to her about it. The family is in my prayers."
    Tribute from: Gwen Swanson
    May 11, 2017
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  • prayer"She was such a beautiful person inside and out. I had wonderful conversations with her and her smile was contagious. I enjoyed numerous book talks with her. She will be sadly missed! Lifting up the family in prayers."Tribute from: Suzy Bell
    May 10, 2017
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  • butterfly"I cannot say how sad and sorry I feel about all of this. Sharon was one of the most important and influential people in my adult life. I will miss her every day, and I will think of her always."Tribute from: Joni Simpson
    May 10, 2017
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  • prayer"So Sorry to hear about your moms passing. We got to know each other better while going through our Cancer treatments at the same time and giving each other moral support.. My prayers are for the whole family. She was a great lady and will be sadly missed."Tribute from: Jena Atkinson
    May 9, 2017
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