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Grandpa Peterson’s Funeral

On Tuesday August 21, 2007 at 11:00 am at the South Ave. building (The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints)  will commence the services for Clarence Peterson.  Father of 3, grandpa to 7 and great grandpa to 9, he will be greatly missed.  Although he passed away last September (in California) of health complications, the family awaited for Grandma Peterson to move back home to Montana from California.

Every person who met and knew grandpa will always have an amazing story to tell about him.  His bravery, sense of duty to his family and those around him.  He walked boldly on this earth and fought to the very end.  His strong hands helped those who were struggling, fought off those who were in his way, but were gentle enough to knead bread on a Saturday morning, read the paper and sip coffee and give pony rides on his knee.  This is the grandpa I remember.

We all have moments in our lives that we can look back and reflect on what makes your Grandfather turn into Grandpa, or a Mother that turns into mom.  Take the time now to find those memories that makes your family important to you.   Even though it is hard to lose someone, I am proud to say I am a grand daughter of Clarence Gottfried Peterson.

You are Cordially Invited

What with the webhost change and the interesting loops that life throws at you, I haven’t been able to post the wedding photos until now.

Kaley and Justin were married on 22 July 2007. Kara’s aunt, Linda, used my camera to capture a little video for all those interested in viewing. This video has been blended from three separate files. First, my wife, Kara, and her brother, Kavan. My daughters, Abigale and Marijke are standing to the left. Next is my sister-in-law, Kristi, and whomever her escort is and lastly is my sister-in-law, Kaley and her stepfather, Tim Hammond.


If you have problems watching the video, please comment and I can post the individual files.  Here is the link to the photos that were taken during the wedding.  These are the ones that my family took so there will be more as time and other family allow.  Kaley’s Wedding Pics

Wedding Bells soon to ring

Kaley and Justin announcementToday, Kara’s sister, Kaley Peterson will be wed to Justin Burke. Kara will be acting as bridesmaid, Kieran and Bridget along with their cousin Nevaeh will be flower girls, and Abby and Annie will make sure guests use the register (whatever that position is called). Pictures will be provided later tonight as time permits.

I’ve known Kaley since she was a young teenager. She was a wonderful girl with lots of dreams and hopes. Throughout her life, she’s accomplished a good majority of her goals except for singing with Reba McEntire but who knows what the future holds! I’ve long admired her for her drive, competitive spirit and desire to do what’s right.

I wish her and Justin the best. Please join me in wishing the new couple well in their future live together!

Following is part of the wedding announcement:

The parents of Kaley Marie Peterson and Justin R. Burke announce the couple’s intention to marry Aug. 4. Kaley is the daughter of Bill Peterson and Kathy and Tim Hammond, all of Missoula. Justin’s parents are John Burke of Missoula and Marcia Burke of Bonner.

Michigan relatives visit

I received a wonderful surprise two weeks ago. My aunt and uncle from Michigan came for to visit my mom and dad. Uncle Ben is my mom’s older brother while she’s the baby of the family. The last time I saw him was when my grandfather died.

20 years later, it was like time never passed. Yes, I’m married now with six kids but the familiarity, the kinship was still there. I’ve always loved and respected my Uncle Ben and, if anything, that feeling has grown over the years.

Whether I should attribute it to all the genealogy work I’ve done or getting older, I don’t know. I do know that I love my heritage and hope that I soon have an opportunity to visit the rest of my extended family in Michigan. It would be great to see all my aunts and uncles that I haven’t seen in years.

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