Traverse City Record-Eagle

March 16, 2013

Neta P. Peterson Evans

Traverse City Record-Eagle

---- — TRAVERSE CITY — Her husband, Joel F. Evans, led Neta P. Peterson Evans into heaven on March 13, 2013, from Cherry Hill Haven Foster Care Home.

Neta was born Dec. 20, 1922, and lived her life in Traverse City. She was the daughter of Paul O. and Bernice E. (Stearns) Peterson.

After graduating from Traverse City Central High School, she married Joel F. Evans on July 15, 1943, in Miami, Fla., before he was shipped out with the U.S. Navy. He preceded her in death on Feb. 22, 2005.

For many years the Traverse City Schools employed Neta as a cook. Before retirement in 1986 she was cooking for Interlochen Elementary School, which was close to her home on Long Lake.

She immensely enjoyed gathering with her friends, neighbors and family. She loved music, dancing and playing the violin. Other joys in her life were sewing, knitting, genealogy and camping at Buckley Old Engine Show.

Surviving her are her daughter, Bonnie L. (Patrick) Sullivan, of Grawn; and son, Jeffery L. (Darla) Evans, of Willow, Alaska. Many lovingly knew her as “Gram”. Grandchildren are Mike (Betty) Sullivan, John (Carrie) Sullivan, Ben (Erin) Evans, Nick (Jennifer) Evans, Katrina (Mike) Pitre and Kale (Terri) Zimmer. Her great-grandchildren are Emily Panek, Sarah (David) Youker, Michael (Melissa) Sullivan, Paul and Helen Sullivan, Madison and Tyler Shapiro, Carson Evans, Rachael, Katelyn, Amanda, Elizabeth, Nathaniel, Jessica, Samuel, Laura and Lindsey Evans, Natasha and Gabrielle Pitre, Cameron and Kaley Zimmer, Corey Nutter and Patrick Jones. She was also very proud of her “Fifth Generation Family” with great-great-grandchildren, Kyran Panek and Maddi Sullivan. Also surviving her are her sister, Yvonne Priest; sister-in-law, Lee Peterson; and many nieces and nephews.

Preceding her in death were her parents; her husband; two brothers, Ron and Gary Peterson; and two grandchildren.

A funeral service honoring Neta will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, March 18, 2013, at the Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home. The Rev. Marvin Rosa will officiate. Burial will take place in the spring at Grand Traverse Memorial Gardens. Friends are welcome to visit with the family on Sunday, March 17, 2013, from 6 to 9 p.m., and on Monday from 10 a.m. until the time of the service.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, Great Michigan Chapter, 921 W. 11th St., Ste. 1W, Traverse City, MI 49684.

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The family is being served by Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home and Cremation Services.