Bunny (Bernice) Peterson
On the morning of September 14th, 2014 Bunny Peterson passed away peacefully at age 68 at the Tom Baker Cancer Centre after a courageous battle with cancer. She was born August 22nd, 1946 in Stettler, Alberta to Rudolph and Doris Hennel. Bunny’s childhood was spent on her family’s farm in the Linda Hall area. Following high school, Bunny graduated as a Licensed Practical Nurse in 1965. A year later, she married the love of her life, Manley Peterson. For the first year of their marriage, they lived in Coronation, AB, and in the fall of 1967, moved to Barrhead, AB. They welcomed their first child Greg in October of 1968. In 1970, their second son Brad was born, and in 1973 the completed their family with the birth of their daughter Wanda. Bunny and Manley were proud to become the new owners of the Big M Community Store, and relocated their family to Sangudo, AB in 1969. Bunny became very involved in the community. She volunteered for the Sangudo Minor Sports Association, the Sangudo Fitness and Dance Society, and over the years volunteered at many events, believing whole heartedly in supporting her community. Bunny’s primary source of pride was her family. She could be found travelling, camping, playing cards, attending rodeos and horseshoe tournaments with those she loved. Every year, Bunny attended the Ponoka Stampede, where she camped for the entire week, and enjoyed visiting with family and friends. She was a vibrant, youthful 68 year old who retired from nursing at the Mayerthorpe Health Centre last November after 23 years of employment. Her nursing colleagues speak of Bunny’s impeccable nursing skills, kind, compassionate manner, and say that she could work circles around nurses half her age. After losing her husband Manley in 2009, Bunny travelled with friends and looked forward to retirement in her hometown of Stettler. In January 2014, Bunny moved back to Stettler. She was excited about her new beginning, and happy to be closer to her Hennel and Mulbach relatives. Bunny will always be loved and remembered by her children Greg (Deborah) Peterson, Brad (Miri) Peterson, Wanda (Derek) Roberts and Joerg (Elizabeth) Evermann, grandchildren Liam and Emmy Peterson, Kasia and Jalen Mitchell, Joshua and Jesse Roberts, Alexander Evermann, and great-granddaughter Kassidy Rae Mitchell. Bunny is also survived by her brothers Allan (Rita) Hennel, Ron (Jo) Hennel, sisters-in-law Nancey McAllister, and Sharon and Carol Peterson; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and many very dear friends. She was predeceased by her parents Doris and Rudolph Hennel, husband Manley, and other special family members. A memorial service was held at the Stettler United Church on September 19th, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. with the Rev. Jan Richardson officiating. Immediately following the service friends and family gathered at Linda Hall for a time of fellowship and refreshments. As an expression of sympathy, memorial contributions may be made to the Tom Baker Cancer Centre in Calgary or to the Estonian Cemetery near Stettler, in care of Brennen Funeral Home and Cremation Service P.O. Box 193, Stettler, AB TOC 2LO who have been entrusted with the care and funeral arrangements. 403.742.3315.
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