Hilda Crystal Peterson

Hilda Crystal Peterson

Hilda Crystal Peterson, age 93 of Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin died Thursday, October 18, 2012 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Madison, WI. She was a resident at the Golden Living Center in Wisconsin Dells for the past several years.

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, October 24, 2012 at 10:30 A.M. at the Picha Funeral Home, 321 Washington Street in Wisconsin Dells with Reverend Dennis Schueler officiating. Burial will be at Spring Grove Cemetery. Visitation will be held at the funeral home on Wednesday from 9:00 A.M. until the time of the service at 10:30 A.M.

Hilda was born June 6, 1919 on a farm on the Rush Creek near the Mississippi River in Crawford County, Wisconsin the daughter of Carl Benjamin “Bennie” and Anna (Jackson) Johnson. The family then moved to a dairy farm in the Readstown, Wisconsin area in Vernon County where she spent her childhood and teenage years. She attended grade school at the Sherry one room school house in Readstown, graduated from high school at the age of 16 from the Soldiers Grove High School and then graduated from the Vernon County Teacher’s College at 18. She then taught at the Ottervale one room school house in LaFarge, Wisconsin for the next two years. She married Kenneth Myron Peterson on June 4, 1939 at her parent’s farm house in Readstown and moved to Viroqua, then to LaCrosse and then to Madison where her husband was a store manager for the Kroger Food Company. Later she moved to Menomonee Falls, WI when her husband was transferred to the Kroger Regional Office in that area. In the Late 1950’s they built a summer home in Lake Delton, WI and eventually retired there.

Hilda was a stay at home mom where she raised her five boys. She was a Cub Scout Den Mother for several years and was active in her church at Luther Memorial Lutheran Church in Madison. She was involved in all her boy’s school and church activities and brought them up in a loving and caring way. She was known for her strong faith and instilled that attribute in her boys throughout the years. She enjoyed music and dancing in her earlier years and was very proud of her Norwegian heritage.

Hilda loved her Lake Delton home and all the activity that the lake and the area provided her family. Due to health reasons of her husband Kenneth, they had to sell the property and move back to Madison where she lived for several years before she moved into the Golden Living Center in the Dells near her children.

Hilda is survived by her sons, John Peterson of Lake Delton, Paul Peterson of Pewaukee, WI and James, (known as Fox), (Barb) Peterson of Wisconsin Dells; sister-in-law, Dorothy Handel of Mount Horeb, WI; daughters-in-law, Joanne Peterson of Madison and Nancy Dvorak of Baraboo; 12 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren and 9 nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; sons, Robert and David; brother, Norman Johnson and sister, Myra Tilley.