Phyllis Elaine Peterson

Phyllis Elaine Peterson

FITCHBURG-Phyllis Elaine Peterson, age 95, of Madison, passed away on Thursday, July 3, 2014, at Agrace HospiceCare.

She was born on May 7, 1919, in Minneapolis, Minn., the daughter of Pat and Clara (Benson) Corbett. She married William Peterson on Aug. 7, 1937, in Minneapolis. While in high school, Phyllis worked as an assistant editor for the Chicago Paper Northwest Town Booster, was a classified ad manager for the Chicago Sun Times, a political activist, a Democratic Party worker and loved flowers, plants and gardening.

She is survived by her son, Dennis and his wife, Charlene; grandchildren, Eric, Linnae and Christian; great-grandchildren, Alex, Natalie, Kylie, Christian, Nicholas, Abigale and Sheffield; brothers, Patrick and Daniel; sisters, Colleen, Nancy and Catherine; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins; and other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband, William; mother, Clara; and step-father, Patrick; brothers, Mike and Tom; sisters, Joan and Bonnie.

A Celebration of Life will be held in Minneapolis on Monday, July 21, 2014. A Celebration of Life will be held at the Marquee Ballroom in Fitchburg at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Dane County Humane Society, 5132 Voges Road, Madison, 53718.

Online condolences may be made at

Gunderson Fitchburg
Funeral & Cremation Care
2950 Chapel Valley Road