Dorothy “Dot” A. Peterson

June 3, 1943 - May 21, 2018

Dorothy Ann “Dot” Peterson, 74, a resident of Cape Coral, FL since 2013, formerly of Lake Zurich, IL, was born June 3, 1943 in Springfield, MA and passed away with grace and dignity on Monday, May 21, 2018 in Cape Coral, FL at Hope Hospice. Her family was by her side, sharing memories and playing her favorite music.

She is survived by her children, Kristin Happel (Tim), Justin Peterson (fiancé Jackie Rogers), Paul Rodriguez, Rachel Peterson, Cameron Peterson (Mark), and Dana Peterson; three sisters, Mary Ann Wagner (Jim), Stella Ann Kasorek (Randy), and Lynn Ann, as well as two grandchildren, Dinah Wendland and Max Wendland and nephew Randy Kasorek, Jr.
She is also survived by many special friends, including Al, Beth, Bev, Elizabeth, Irene, John, Judy, Marilyn, Meagan, Merle, Michelle, Pam, Peggy, and Tony. Last, but certainly not least to her, she is survived by her grandcats Blue, Boo Radley, Maya, and Raylan.

Dot was preceded in death by her husband, Donn Peterson in 1993. She was also preceded in death by her aunt Stella who raised her, uncle Elmer, cousin Robert, and numerous pets, most recently her cat Sam and grandcat Pork Loin.

Dot was a very accomplished career woman, in a time where women with no formal education beyond high school such as her found it hard to become successful in the business world. She began her work life as a telephone operator but didn’t stop there. She had a long career as a senior contract administrator for such companies as ITT and Rockwell Automation, and brought to fruition many multimillion dollar telecommunications contracts. She received recognition and numerous awards during her career, and deserved everyone, although she was very humble about them.

Dot spent much of her life working and supporting her family, but always knew how to have fun. She took her family on cruises and Caribbean vacations, played bingo, was in bowling leagues, enjoyed watching football, baseball, hockey, college basketball and golf on TV and was a fan of the Bucs, the Rays, the White Sox, the Lightning, DePaul, UConn, and the Broncos. She was a long time Fantasy Football team owner, and loved to gamble, especially in football pools (she always won more than she lost!). She also enjoyed reading, going to the movies, cooking, watching her favorite TV shows like The Walking Dead, playing cards, Scrabble and Trivial Pursuit, and listening to all kinds of music, the louder the better. She always said she was 21 years old at heart, and that showed in her interests, and her attitude towards life. Her sense of humor was one of a kind, and never left her through her long illness. Dot was the “Queen of 255”, her house in Lake Zurich where she lived for almost 35 years before moving to Florida to live with Justin and Paul. At 255 she was the mom who welcomed all of our friends at any time and formed friendships of her own with them. To any of the 255 Skid Posse that are reading this, Dot loved all of you very much, and was so happy to watch everyone grow up and have families of their own.

Dot loved many people in her lifetime and was loved by many in return. She will be missed beyond measure or words, and we as her family are very thankful that she had a beautiful ending to a beautiful life. This was made possible by Hope Hospice, and we are extremely grateful to them for their wonderful care over the last few years, as Dot dealt with the debilitation to her body caused by Progressive Supranuclear Palsy. Her spirit and will to live added years to her life, and we will always treasure the extra time we had with her. Love you, Momma!

At Dot’s request, there will be no formal service. She will be cremated and inurned next to our father Donn, where they will finally be together again.

Memorial Contributions in memory of Dorothy Ann “Dot” Peterson are suggested to CurePSP, 30 E. Padonia Road, Suite 201, Timonium, MD 21093 or to a charity of one’s choice.

Mullins Memorial Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Cape Coral, is entrusted with final care.


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