Luana D. (Wirick) Peterson, 94, of Falmouth and formerly of Stoughton, passed away on Sunday, October 13, 2019 at JML Care Center in Falmouth. She was predeceased by her first husband, Chester S. Weeks. She was the beloved wife of the late Robert E. Peterson for 62 years. Born in Baltimore, MD to the late Dean J. and Mildred (Snyder) Wirick.
Luana’s love of Falmouth stayed with her throughout her life. After graduating from Lawrence High School, she married Chester Weeks. During WWII, he was deployed to the Pacific shortly after their marriage and was killed in action in 1944.
In 1947, Luana married Robert Peterson and moved to Stoughton where they raised their three children. Her beautiful singing voice inspired her to join the Sweet Adeline’s singing group. When her children were grown, they became world travelers, but trips to Arkansas to visit family, especially her three younger siblings, were her most memorable. In 1983, they moved back to her beloved Falmouth. Luana will always be remembered for her superior cooking skills; her brownie pie, a cherished Thanksgiving tradition, was always a family favorite. She finally revealed the recipe but it will never taste the same because she will not be the one to bake it! She was an avid gardener and a member of the Falmouth Garden Club. Her love of animals inspired her to adopt rescued Greyhounds, two over the last 20 years. Her greatest love in her later years was being a Grammy. Her grandchildren & great grandchildren were the highlight of her wonderful life!
She is survived by her children: David A. and wife Denise F. Peterson of Stoughton, Marianne Niemiec of Easton, and John R. Peterson of Narragansett, RI; her siblings, Tom B. Murphey (Ann) of Heathsville, VA, and Bonny (Murphey) Seegmueller (Bob) of Cedar Grove, IN. She also leaves many nieces, nephews, and friends. She was predeceased by her siblings, Ruth Ann Brackett of Ft. Myers, FL, and Billye Terry of Drury, MO.
Visiting hours will be held from 11:00am to 1:00pm followed by a funeral home service at 1:00pm on Saturday, Nov. 2nd at the Chapman, Cole & Gleason Funeral Home, 475 Main Street, Falmouth. Burial will be privately held at the Oak Grove Cemetery.
Memorial donations may be made to St Barnabas Episcopal Church, 91 Main Street, Falmouth MA 02540.