Regina Theresa Peterson, 89 of Gaylord, passed away Tuesday, December 28, 2021 at The Porches in Gaylord.
Born in Gaylord on May 2, 1932, she was the daughter of Michael and Sophia (Jozwiak) Smilowski. Regina attended and graduated from St. Mary High School.
On December 30, 1950, Regina was united in marriage to Raymond Peterson at St. Mary Catholic Church in Gaylord. They have made their home and raised their family in Gaylord. She was a long time parishioner and church organist at St. Mary and a member of Gaylord VFW Post #1518 Ladies Auxiliary.
Regina is survived by Raymond, her husband of 71 years; her five children, John (Mollie) Peterson of Gaylord, Richard Peterson of Mesa, AZ, William (Bernadine) Peterson of Traverse City, James (Janice) Peterson of Arlington, TX and Lyneé (Thomas) Heidt of Gaylord; seven grandchildren and eight great grandchildren;
Regina was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Edward and Francis Smilowski and a sister, Caroline Smilowski.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held 11:00 AM Thursday, January 6, 2022 at St. Mary Cathedral where visitation with the family will begin at 10:00 AM. Interment will take place later at Fort Custer National Cemetery. Those who wish are asked to consider memorial contributions to St. Jude Children’s Hospital.
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