MADISON/NEILLSVILLE- Bernadine Helen Peterson, age 90, died in Madison on July 27, 2014.

Bernadine was the daughter of Effie (Alt) Peterson and Bernhardt H. Peterson. She was born on September 16, 1923.

She graduated from Neillsville, WI High School in 1941. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point (then Central State Teachers College) in 1945 with a degree in Home Economics Education and taught Home Economics in several area high schools for eleven years.

Bernadine was a member of the Neillsville United Methodist Church where she served as Sunday School teacher, member of the senior choir and church pianist for several years.

She completed work for the M.S. and PhD degrees at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1961 and joined the faculty at Kansas State University in Manhattan, KS. In 1965 she joined the faculty at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in the School of Human Ecology. She later accepted a joint appointment with University of Wisconsin Extension where she served as Professor and Extension Program Leader in the Southeast District for twenty years. Retirement and a move to an Attic Angel Prairie Point home in Madison filled the next phase of her life.

Bernadine was a member of her professional organizations including the UW-Extension organization, the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences, and the American Association of Home Economics. She was also a member of many other organizations, including NOW, League of Conservation Voters, Wisconsin Women’s Network, the Association of American Indian Affairs and the Wisconsin Historical Society. She was interested in music, history, world affairs and sports.

Bernadine was predeceased by her parents; and her sister, Carol Margaret.

She leaves her long-time friend and housemate, Jane Gruber; Jane’s sister; brother and sister-in-law; Jane’s eight nieces and nephews; all of whom were like her own family, and many friends and colleagues.

Memorials may be made to the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Human Ecology; the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, College of Professional Studies; or a charity of one’s choice.

Bernadine’s body was cremated and the ashes buried in the family plot in the Neillsville City Cemetery. There will be no funeral.