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October 27, 1931 – April 22, 2023

Joan S. Peterson, age 91, of Buffalo passed away on Saturday, April 22, 2023 at her residence.

She was born on October 27, 1931 in Minneapolis the daughter of F.A. & Theodora “Dora” (Ockerman) Schauss.

Joan was a graduate of Swedish hospital 1952 and lived California, Mexico and Hawaii.

On June 10, 1960, Joan Schauss and Donald W. Peterson were joined in holy marriage.   God blessed their marriage with three children Karla, David and Paula.  Don Peterson preceded her in death in 1986.

Through the years, Joan worked alongside of Don at The Peterson Chapel.  As well as supporting all his endeavors, which were many.

She later developed WestCliffe in Chatham Township.

Joan listened and cared about anyone in her presence. She was “Best” friends with many.

Survived by her loving children: Karla (Joe) Mavencamp, David (Chris) Peterson and Paula (Kelly) Brecht; grandchildren: Nick, Donnie and Andy Mavencamp; Dillon and Cody Peterson; Matt Brecht, Hannah Peterson and Jake Brecht; fourteen great grandchildren; special friend: Dr. Donald Duncan, M.D.; sister-in-law Dorothy Haugen; other relatives and many friends.

Funeral services for Joan Peterson will be held on Saturday, April 29th, 2023 at 2 :00 P.M. at Buffalo Evangelical Covenant Church.   Pastor Reid Gilbert will officiate and interment follows at Lakeview Cemetery.

A visitation will be held on Saturday, April 29th AT THE CHURCH from 12 Noon-2:00 P.M.

Casket Bearers will be Joan’s eight grandchildren.

Honorary Casket Bearers will be her great grandchildren.






14 Guestbook Entries

  1. Charles Schauss

    God rest your soul, Aunt Joan. Say hi to my Mom for me –

  2. Sherri Newman

    I worked with Joan at the Buffalo Hospital. She was a nurse mentor and friend. Most of all she was a “classy lady” Blessings to her family at this time.

  3. Julie K Johnson

    So sorry to hear of Joan’s passing. God bless you all.

  4. Jan Carlson

    Thanks,Joan for all that you taught me while working together at Buffalo Hospital. What a classy and memorable lady. Hugs to all of you.

  5. Susie (Hagen) Czanstkowski

    We’re sorry for your loss♡ Your Mom was sweet to know, so pretty and kind! God will mend your broken hearts♡

  6. Ed Otto

    I’m so sorry to hear of Joan’s passing. My sympathies to David Paula and Karla and also your families. She was truely a matriarch and one very strong willed lady. I was a friend of Don’s and after his passing I helped her develop WestCliffe, which was “Donnie’s dream”. Through that process I admired her strength and perseverance.
    May she Rest In Peace!

  7. Arlys and Bill LaPlant

    Prayers and sympathy to Joan’s family!

  8. April McClellan

    So sorry for your families loss. Prayers and hugs sent your way. She sounds like she was a special woman!

  9. Teri Rassatt

    Peace and prayers for the entire family. Joan is a wonderful person so blessed to have known her. Deepest sympathies.

  10. Lee and Carol Kjesbo

    Carol and I are so sorry to hear of Joan’s passing. She was one classy lady with a heart of gold. When we moved from our Maple Lake house, but our house in Westcliffe was not ready, she welcomed the Kjesbo family into her home in Westcliffe for about a month. The lights in the lower level were on, sheets and towels were in place, soda was in the fridge and fresh cookies were on the table. What a warm welcome to a new community. Joan became our honorary godmother. This friendship continued as Joan and Carol met frequently for lunch. Thank you, Joan. We will truly miss you.

  11. Bev Johnson

    So sorry at the loss of Joan. She was a wonderful person and I am sure the family is feeling her loss. Thoughts and prayers!

  12. Linda Velde

    Sorry for the loss of your mother she was one great lady. She always greeted me with a smile and I enjoyed working with her daughter. It didn’t matter what walk of life you came from she always truly do you like family. What a great loss thinking of you all and praying for comfort and all of them. Wonderful memories and legacies. Your parents have left for you.

  13. PattiJo McClellan

    So very sorry for your loss. Losing your mom is the hardest person to lose !
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this great loss of a very special lady!

  14. Lori Tenney

    So sorry to hear of Joan’s passing. She was a beautiful person inside and out who exuded joy, warmth and friendliness to all!
    As a young widow, I remember her words of advice. She was a great role model for me.


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