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Donna Nagel Peterson

December 1, 2011 by

Donna Nagel Peterson, 80, died at her Lakeview residence on Saturday, Dec. 10, 2011.

Donna was born to Alfred and Edna (Cleveland) Nagel in Clintonville, Wisc. on April 11, 1931. She grew up in Marion, Wisc. and graduated from Eagle River High School. She furthered her education at Penn College in Virginia, majoring in Fashion Design.

After marrying Arthur Harold Peterson on Feb. 15, 1952 in Land O’ Lakes, Wisc., they moved to Watersmeet, Mich. until 2011 when she came to Lakeview to be near her daughter, Pamela Freerksen.

Donna owned and operated the Holiday House Gift Shop in Watersmeet for a number of years before launching a new career as a Support Services Specialist with the J. W. Toumey Nursery, U. S. Forest Service. She retired from the Forest Service in 1995.

She truly loved her role as home maker and enjoyed opening her home to the neighborhood children. Her real passion was fashion design and clothing.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Arthur Peterson;one grandchild.

Donna is survived by sons and daughters-in-law Arthur H. Peterson, Jr. and wife Shelley of Land O’ Lakes and Patrick and Christine Peterson of Wausau, Wisc.; daughters and sons-in-law Pamela Freerksen of Lakeview and Paula and Kevin of Grand Blanc, Mich.; brother Edwin Alfred Nagel of Land O’ Lakes; 13 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews and beloved dog, Gizmo.

A memorial service will be held at a later date in Watersmeet, Mich.

Donations in Mrs. Peterson’s memory may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.

A memorial service will be held at a later date in Watersmeet, Mich.

Desert Rose Funeral Chapel of Lakeview is in charge of the arrangements.

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