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Christine Peterson, 62, of Carlisle, passed away Friday, September 9, 2011, at her home embraced by her family. She was born on August 31, 1949, in Meadville, a daughter of Bobo and Dolores (Hoderny) Pruskowski.

Christine was a 1967 graduate of St. Agatha’s High School in Meadville and graduated from Shippensburg University in Business Education.  She was a homemaker with a passion and talent in hand-painted woodcrafts and accessories, which can be found in homes across the country. Some of her other passions were gardening, journaling, smooth jazz, cooking, coffee, and organizing. Her love of traveling has provided her with an appreciation of beauty in places such as Emerald Isle, NC, the Adirondack Mountains, and the West Coast. Also, she loved going to shows at Mt. Gretna Theatre and was an avid Hershey Bears hockey fan. Her greatest passion of all was spending time with her friends and family, especially her grandchildren.

She was deeply devoted to her family and was preceded in death by her father, Bobo Pruskowski, husband, Dwight R. Peterson and grandson, Landon R. Peterson.

She is survived by two sons, Jeffrey R. Peterson (and his wife, Amy) of Mars and Zachary T. Peterson (and his wife, Renee) of Avon, Ohio; two grandchildren, Madelyn and Carter Peterson of Mars; her companion, Bernie Campanella of Middletown; her sisters, Sandra Budzbanowski and Gladys McAlevy of Meadville; her brother, Bud Pruskowski of Warren; her mother, Dolores (Hoderny) Pruskowski of Meadville; and several aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.

She is remembered for her radiant smile, her cheerful disposition, and her selfless generosity and kindness. She took great pride and enjoyment in her meticulously manicured home, yard and gardens. Her slogan for life was “Live, Laugh, Love”.

Visiting hours will be held at the Ewing Brothers Funeral Home, 630 S. Hanover St., Carlisle on Wednesday, September 14, from 3 to 6:00 p.m. immediately followed by a Memorial Service with the Rev. Keith A. Searfoss officiating. There will be a Memorial Gathering at the Comfort Suites, 10 S. Hanover St. immediately after the service for friends and family to share stories and celebrate her life. Memorial contributions may be made to Odyssey Hospice, 4660 Trindle Rd., Suite 204, Camp Hill, PA 17011.

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Our deepest sympathies to all of you. How blessed we all were to have her in our lives. She will always be in our hearts.

Love to all of you,
Bob and Diane DePhilip

She was the gentle smiling soul of our family who will be greatly missed. Our love goes out to her family and to Bernie who was such a comforting force.

Much love to all and God Bless.
Don and Candy Prystaloski


Chris was a great friend and an inspiration to many of us in Carlisle.I will remember her every time I look at her artwork sprinkling throughout my home. Her smile could light up a room.

Amy & John Towne

To Chris' family and Bernie,
I will miss Chris a lot. She was always a well put together, upbeat, positive person. She always seemed to have a smile on her face. She would light up when she talked about the trips she took with Bernie. And when she talked about her boys and grand babies. She would give me advice with my boys when I needed. I am really going to miss our group getting together for birthday and teas and talking about everything. Chris was loved by many.

Cathy Hargraves

Thinking of you at this sorrowful time and offering heartful sympathy for the loss of Christine

Chris and Kathy Mortorf

Whether filling in as a local "grandmother" for our then elementary age daughter, or offering encouragement and decorating suggestions for my office, we could count on Chris to bring herself fully into the moment at hand. Like a wondrous Cheshire Cat without the riddles, we are left with her remarkable smile and grateful for the ways she touched our lives with her generous kindness and beauty.

Rebekah Feeser, Greg Bear and Johanna

It is so hard to believe that Chris is gone from us. She will
be truly missed but will live on in the wonderful memories we
have of this beautiful lady.
You all have our deepest sympathy.

Dennis & Tina Chupka

We are so sorry, but now she has no pain only joy.
 Our thoughts and prayers are with the family.
 You have our deepest sympathy.

Rich and Sue Ann Wisniewski

 When I think of Chris, the first thing that comes to mind
is her beautiful smile...I will always think of her that way...
so very sorry for your loss

Kim McCartney

 The world will seem a little less bright with the loss of this lovely lady.
 Her love, positive attitude and zest for life was truly an inspiration.
 Memories of her will always bring a smile.

My deepest sympathy
Love, Sallie

Thoughts and prayers are with you Zac and Renee.
 May you find peace.

Abigail Stockham

We have all lost a most precious treasure. She was a wonderful mother and grandmother, a fantastic wife, the perfect daughter, an amazing sister and extraordinary friend. Chris and I have been BFFs for over forty years, before anyone knew what a BFF was. Chris was my most cherished friend beautiful both inside and out. The past few days I have been so sad until I realized while I was crying, she was happy getting to know her precious first born grandson. Chris Peterson was the BEST!

Shirley Watts

 "The souls of the just are in the hand of God, and no torment shall touch them...they are at peace." (Wisdom 3: 1) We commend Chris into the hand of the God who loves her and us all.
 My sympathy and prayerful support. Blessings

Fr. Tom Hoderny

My deepest sympathy to you and your family.
 Pat was a wonderful person. Her suffering is over.

Priscilla (Shaffer) Alspaugh

We are deeply saddened by the death of Chris, our long time friend.
 Our memories of the years with Chris and Dwight are filled
 with smiles and joy.Chris was a courageous and loving soul.
 She will always be remembered.

Mary and Ed McCullah
N. Augusta, SC

 Dear Jeff,Zack and family,
My prayers are with your family.
 I loved your mom and she inspired me in so many ways.
 We all will miss her greatly.

"Lord Jesus my prayer is that through this loss of this wonderful women that you will draw this family into close relationship to You. You are the God of all and I pray comfort,peace, and Your wing of protection over this family at this time of great grief. Draw this wonderful family unto Your self Lord for Your glory sake. In Jesus precious name I pray..Amen

Jackie Schiappa

I am so saddened to hear of the loss of Chris. I cared for your father when I worked for Odyssey hospice. I will never forget your mother's strength, courage and grace during that difficult time. Her smile and laugh always brought warmth to the room... my deepest sympathy Jeff and Zachary...

Debbie McGowan RN

I pray you will go on and live as Chris would have wanted you to and love one another as she did while laughing in loving memory of her wonderful life.

Lois and Rich Lintelman

 We were very sad to read of Christine's passing...
You are all very much in our thoughts and prayers at this difficult time,
but take solace in the fact that Christine is in a wonderful place and at peace,
all our love,

Tom and Patty Peterson

 I will miss my dear cousin Chrisha. Our home is littered with the many beautiful crafts she made. Little do most know how close we were. We spent many a fun weekend at Shippensburg in the 70's Woodstock years then as recent as last year. Jeff and Zack you were her pride and joy. Bernie you were the shoulder she leaned on as she weakened in the end. Rest assured you'll see her again in heaven.

Edward (Edziu) Wisniewski and Family

 Zac, Renee & family you are all in our thoughts and prayers.

Nicky & Pete Dorio

 I am truly sorry for your loss.
 May the Lord lift you up during this tough time.
 May the times of love and laughter shared stay in your hearts always.

Amy Maloney (Cleveland Clinic)


 I was sorry to hear of the passing of Chis Peterson.She was a really nice person with a great and pleasant outlook. I met Chris at the Duron paint store (Eberts) and she was always cheerful and a great customer. She was always eager to discuss the good and not so good things that we had in common (mainly health issues). This impressed me and she always gave good advice and had a great smile. I know that she will be greatly missed by not only family and friends, but by the community also.

Buck Burkholder

 You probably don't remember me but Chris and Dwight used to live next door to me and my late husband John. So sorry to hear of Chris's passing. Please accept my condolences. Chris was so special and had so much courage. I'm so glad that I got to see her and Jeff a couple of years ago when she came to Burkburnett. May God bless you and your family in this time of grief. May He provide you with the peace that passes all understanding.

Jo Nunn Harvey

 Zac and Renee,
Thinking of you and your family at this difficult time.
 We are sorry for your loss and pray that you find comfort.

Ben and Laura Paulus

Words cannot express my sorrow at the loss of Chris. She was the sweetest person I have known. She was such a good friend to me in Texas. She certainly had her share of misfortunes.

She was in touch and we were going to get together last year while they were at Emerald Isle. At the last minute she changed her mind saying that she wanted to spend the entire week with her family. Now I can only assume she knew her time was limited. I did not know about any current problems. I knew she had beat breast cancer.

I am so glad that she found a companion in Bernie. She seemed to be happy and at peace with him. Of course, Dwight was the light of her life. We so enjoyed them both. We have many fond memories of the old neighborhood.

I also remember how sweet your mother is. She wallpapered our entry way for us. We just kept giving her coffee and she kept on working!!

Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. I hope the boys are holding up. I did not realize that your family was so big.

Jan Spessard

What a Beautiful Soul, I was very honored to know Christine!!
May all of you find strength in the Lord to guide you,
with Deepest Sympathy!

Kathy R.


I don't view Facebook that often. I saw your post, and I am so sorry for your loss.
Chris was a beautiful and caring woman and always made me feel comfortable and welcome
in your family. For that I will be forever greatful. You and you family and Chris's family
 will be in my prayers the coming days, asking God for comfort, strength and courage.
Again, I am so sorry for your loss.


Zac and Renee,
You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers,
 I am so sorry for your loss.

Lara Warman

 You are all in my thoughts.
 Chris was one-of-a-kind and I will always remember her as my best friend.

Martha Cutshall

 Goodbye my sweet sister...I love you always and forever...glady


 I am sorry to hear of Christine's passing.
I had the good fortune to attend school with her for four years.
 My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Bill Hoke, Canton NC

I'm so sorry Jeff and Zack. Aunt Chris was an amazing person and I will miss her so much. I love you guys.

Victoria Severo

I was very blessed to have known you. I will miss your smile and infectious personality.
All who knew you LOVED YOU, I am so fortunate to have been one of the many.
GOD BLESS you Chris, our prayers are with you forever.

 I just learned of Chris' death and I am so sorry! I babysat Jeff from the moment he was born (and pretended he was mine!) and have always kept in touch with Chris over the years.
 She will be missed.

Laura DeGreve Potter

Zac, I was deeply saddened to hear about your mom's death, she was truly the mother I never had. I only wish I had known sooner and before her passing. I am thinking about. You and I pray time has helped ease you pain. I'll always remember what a beautiful person she was.

Love, Roberta

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