Helen Peterson, 81, of Bellefontaine, passed away on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at Riverside Methodist Hospital, Columbus, OH.
She was born on May 21, 1932 in Rushsylvania, OH to the late Virgil and Cora L. (Russell) Thaxton.
On October 23, 1949 she married Frank I. Peterson in Bellefontaine and he preceded her in death on July 20, 1995. She was also preceded in death by three brothers, Wayne, Wendell and Harold Thaxton and four sisters, Leona Summers, Lela White, Virginia Millice and Kathleen Dipple.
Surviving are her sons, Curtis (Doreen) Peterson of Bellefontaine, Keith (Debbie) Peterson of Rushsylvania, Larry Peterson of Bellefontaine and Tim (Brenda) Peterson of Bellefontaine; a sister, Juanita Neer of Urbana, 11 grandchildren, Ryan & Katie Peterson, Kevin & Matt Peterson, Kathy Roby, Susie Bevington, Jordan & Justine Peterson, Tanner & Tate Peterson and Breanna Boysel; two step grandchildren, Jeriamiah and Tashina Defenbaugh; 12 great grandchildren, three step great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
Helen worked for Johnsons Restaurant in Bellefontaine, Vicarios Shoe Store, Siemens (Bull Dog) on the big presses and welding, Thompson & Electric, Huber Buchenroth, and Peterson Electric.
She was a member of the First United Methodist Church and the Logan County Friendly Senior Citizens. She previously was active with the King’s Daughters and was a volunteer for the Mary Rutan Hospital Guild. Helen was a “Baseball Mom and Grandma” for over 55 years.
Visitation will be from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm on Thursday, January 30, 2014 at the Eichholtz Funeral Home in Bellefontaine where Gene Marine will officiate a 4:00 pm funeral service following visitation. Burial will be in the Huntsville Cemetery at a later date.
Family has requested that memorial contributions be made to the First United Methodist Church, 210 N. Main St., Bellefontaine, OH 43311 or Universal Home Health & Hospice, 701 S. Main St., Bellefontaine, OH 43311.
Condolences may be expressed at: www.edsfh.com.