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Obituaries · October 05, 2012



Esther Rourke Peters, 78, formerly of Oxford died peacefully on Friday, Sept. 28, 2012.

Funeral Services will be held 10 a.m. Friday, Oct. 5 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Oxford, Iowa.

Visitation will be from 9-10 a.m. at the church in Oxford. In lieu of flowers, a donation may be made to St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Oxford, Iowa.

Elizabeth Esther Peters was born Feb. 15, 1934 to Jack and Blanche Rourke.

She married John S. Peters on June 21, 1956, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Oxford.

She graduated with a teaching degree from Ottumwa Heights, Ottumwa, Iowa.

She had worked for University of Iowa Hospital & Clinics, was a teacher in Solon, and worked at the Ox Yoke Inn in Amana.

Some of the Catholic churches Esther enjoyed attending were: St. Mary’s of Oxford, St. Mary’s of Morse, St. Bridget’s of Nolan Settlement, St. Mary’s of Newport, St. Wenceslaus of Iowa City, St. Mary’s of Iowa City, St. Patrick’s of Iowa City, San Fernando Mission of Mission Hills, Calif., and St. Matthew’s Cathedral of Washington, D.C.

Survivors include her children: Marty Francis Peters (Kym) of Annapolis, Md.; Patrick Joseph Peters (Mary) Thatcher of Arizona, Matthew James Peters (Kelly) of Plano, Texas, John Stephen Peters of Washington, D.C., Michala Ann O’Brien (Jim) of Highland Park, Ill., and Mary Catherine Schultz (Bill) Cary, Ill.; grandchildren: Annie Peters, Elizabeth Peters, Maiti Peters, Sean O’Brien, Saoirse O’Brien, Catherine Schultz, Jack Schultz and Sarah Schultz; sisters: Dolores McGillin (and the late Thomas McGillin), Carol Krob (John), Veronica Hoye (Merle), Theresa Stelk (Jim) and Sarah O’Reilly (Patrick); brother Mike Rourke; sister-in-law Dorothy Peters; and brothers-in-law Jim Peters (Nancy) and Bill Peters (Carol).

She was preceded in death by her parents, Jack and Blanche Rourke, husband John Stephen Peters, son Michael Thomas Peters, brothers John and Richard Rourke and in-laws Charlotte and Matt Peters.

Elizabeth cherished her children, adored her grandchildren and loved birds.

Among her godchildren were Mike McGillin, Ann Margaret Robertson, Julie Peters, and Patti Hackathorn.

She lived with Ralph and Mert Thompson in Oxford, made great potato salad, loved to say the Rosary and had a great sense of humor.

Whenever asked what she wanted she always replied, “Just good kids.”

She will be missed by her family and friends, including many nieces and nephews.

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