Peterson, Verna

BRIGGSVILLE—Verna Peterson, 85, formerly of Briggsville, passed away peacefully Thursday, Oct. 12, 2017, at the Wisconsin Dells Health Services.

Verna was born Sept. 11, 1932, in Harrisville, the daughter of Herman and Nina (Sharpe) Bengsch. She had attended Westfield schools.

Christmas Eve of 1953 she married Dale Peterson in Milwaukee, and later moved to Briggsville where they raised their family. She worked for the Wisconsin Dells School District food service program for many years and was also a 35 year member of the Carl E. Grabman American Legion Post Auxiliary. She also worked for the Quick Service Laundry in Wisconsin Dells for a few summers. Verna enjoyed staying busy. She like to crochet, work in the garden and can the produce, solve crossword puzzles, go line-dancing with her husband and playing cards, especially euchre where she organized a euchre club and euchre tournaments in Briggsville for 12 years. She was also a member of the Red Hatters club. Verna was a true Packer fan. Her greatest enjoyment was spending time with her family, no matter what they were doing. She was a member of the United Methodist Church in Briggsville.

Verna is survived by her children, Dean (Tracy Nicewander) Peterson of Rudolph and Donna (Dean) DeMott of Oxford; grandchildren, Sheena DeMott (Jake Moody) and Brittany (Aron) Luchterhand, Ashley Peterson (Chris Szelagowski) and Rhea Scherbert; five great-grandchildren; brothers, Eldon (Verla) Bengsch of Westfield, Gordon Bengsch of Waupun and Donald Bengsch of Milwaukee; godson, Robert Bengsch of Grand Marsh; niece, Jeannie Cannon of New Franken; other nieces and nephews; and relatives.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Dale in 2001; and son, David in 1991.

Graveside funeral service was held at 11:30 a.m., Tuesday, Oct. 17, at the Briggsville Protestant Cemetery in Briggsville with Pastor Sue Oeffler officiating. A luncheon at the Carl E. Grabman American Legion Post # 329 will follow the services. In lieu of flowers, a memorial donation to the Briggsville United Methodist Church is appreciated.

The Picha Funeral Home and Crematory of Wisconsin Dells assisted the family with arrangements. For online condolences and information, go to