Barbara J. ‘Bobbie’ Peterson, 88

Barbara Peterson
Barbara Peterson

Barbara J. “Bobbie” Peterson, age 88, peacefully passed away, surrounded by her family, at St. Margaret Hospital, on Friday, Feb. 10, at 3:30 a.m.

She was born on March 17, 1934, the daughter of Steven and Pauline (Rodman) Hacko. On June 27, 1953, she married her husband of 63 years, Charles Peterson, at Our Lady of Hungary Church in Chicago, Illinois.

Bobbie grew up on the South Side of Chicago. She attended Perry Grade School, St. Aquinas High School, and Robert Morris Secretary School. After Bobbie married Charles, they resided on South Kimbark Avenue in Chicago. In the spring of ‘58, they moved to their farm, northwest of Beecher, where she raised her four boys while working on the farm. In the ‘60s, she was a member of the Beecher PTA, and later became the secretary. For 35 years, she was secretary and treasurer for their mechanical contracting business.

Bobbie also served for 22 years as a State Central Committee Woman for the Illinois State GOP. She served 30 years on the Will County Planning and Zoning Commission as well, eventually becoming secretary. Bobbie was also appointed to the Board of Directors for Governors State University for a number of years.

Bobbie is survived by one brother, Steven Hacko of Las Vegas, Nevada; four loving sons, Thomas, John, Edward (Sharon), and Charles Jr.; nine grandchildren, Patricia (Michael), Laura (Tony), Suzanne (Steve), Alexandria, Tommy (Courtney), Rachael, Rebecca, Charlise, and Charles III; and eleven great grandchildren, Mia, Anthony, Alena, Elias, Raiden, Keagon, Paxton, Kolton, Gunnar, Emma and Ava.

Also surviving are former daughter-in-law, Teresa Peterson; two step grandchildren, Johnna and Maria; six step great grandchildren; and many loving nieces, nephews, cousins, and best friends.

Bobbie was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Charles Peterson; her parents, Steve and Pauline Hacko; her loving sister, Arlene Daley; and many aunts, uncles, and cousins.

A funeral mass was held on Saturday, Feb. 18, at the funeral home. Burial was at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Alsip.

Memorials may be made to Governors State University or the Monsignor Ignatius McDermott Scholarship Fund.

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