JANESVILLE -

Evelyn A. Peterson, age 97, of Footville, died on Friday, October 18, 2013, at St. Elizabeth Manor, Footville.

She was born in Richmond, IN, on May 2, 1916, the daughter of George and Nellie (Schumaker) Avery. She married Leo Peterson on May 25, 1958, in Dubuque, IA, and he preceded her in death on July 31, 1995. She worked for Parker Pen for 46 years until her retirement in 1980.

Evelyn is survived by her son, Darrell Avery of Janesville; 2 grandchildren, Dianne (Jeff) DeSormeau of Arkdale, WI, and Kelli (Gary) Lewis of Orfordville; 6 great grandchildren: Amber, Ashley, Aimee, Andrew, Lauryn, and Josh; and 5 great-great grandchildren: Connor, Abigail, Ella, Bailey and Brody Leo. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Leo; a grandson, David; and 2 brothers, Curtis and Lyle Avery.

A private family service will be held. Memorials may be made in Evelyn's name to Heartland Hospice, 363 Financial Ct, Rockford, IL, 61107. SCHNEIDER APFEL SCHNEIDER & SCHNEIDER FUNERAL HOME & CREMATORY, Janesville is assisting the family. For on-line obituary and condolences: www.schneiderfuneraldirectors.com.