Mitchell Allen Peterson
ROCKTON, Ill. — Mitchell Allen Peterson, age 25, formerly of Rockton, departed his earthly life on, Sunday, March 19, 2017, in New Orleans. He was born in Rockford, IL on July 1, 1991, the son of Randy Peterson and Lisa Koski. Mitch’s life was defined by his simple, peaceful embrace of the world around him, combined with the ruthless grip of a heroin addiction that tragically tore him down. Everyone has a story to tell. Mitch had a story, too, but it wasn’t the story of drug addiction. That was only a footnote to his lifetime of experiences, relationships, and dreams. His story was one of peace and love, of compassion and friendship, of a beautiful son, brother, grandson, and nephew who emitted a palpable peace to everyone around him. He was a young man who loved deeply, and longed for the love of others, which he so readily received. He had a carefree and tender spirit, which endeared him to others and earned him the deep and lasting friendships he treasured until his final days. Mitch left his life as he lived it — full of peace and love from those who loved him most, having given so much more to this world than he ever took from it.
The world lost a gentle, loving soul but will always be remembered by his parents, Lisa (Dawn) Koski of Janesville, and Randy (Barbara) Peterson of Rockford; siblings, Jessica (Matt) Peterson of Monona, and Caitlin Peterson of South Beloit; maternal grandmother, Gail Koski; paternal grandfather, Donald Peterson; many other extended family and friends. He was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather, David Koski and paternal grandmother, Ginger Peterson.
Funeral services will be at FIRST CONGREGATIONAL UCC, 54 S. Jackson Street, Janesville, Wisconsin on Saturday, March 25th at 11:00 a.m. with a luncheon to follow. Memorials are preferred to the Rockford Rescue Mission or to Project 16:49. SCHNEIDER FUNERAL HOME & CREMATORY is assisting the family.
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