We are deeply saddened by the news of the death two of our members, Wanda Tighe and Mary Peterson. Our thoughts and prayers go out to their families.
May 2, 1934 - September 16, 2021
Wanda Jane Tighe, age 87, passed away September 16, 2021. She was born May 2, 1934, in Champaign, Illinois, to Olin Franklin Anderson and Beulah Leone Freese. She was married to Bob Tighe in Tucson, Arizona. They had one son Jeffrey Tighe. She and Bob later divorced in the nineties.
Wanda was initially raised in Champaign, Illinois and in the early fifties moved with her parents to Tucson, Arizona. She attended the University of Arizona. In the fifties, she worked for Eastern Airlines in Chicago. Bob, Wanda, and Jeff lived on Long Island, New York. In the early eighties, Bob and Wanda were minority owners of the New York Islanders of the National Hockey League, that won four consecutive championships. Wanda remembers drinking champagne from the Stanley Cup. Wanda loved the Utah Jazz.
After the divorce, she moved to Jupiter, Florida. In 2005, she moved to Saint George, Utah to be near her sister and brother-in-law, Jean, and Jack Robinson. In 2014, she moved to Spring Gardens Apartments in Saint George. Wanda was active in the Good Shepherd Presbyterian Church in Saint George Utah.
Wanda is survived by her son Jeff and his wife Anna in Long Island, New York. nephew Mike Robinson (Kathy) Salt Lake City, Utah, niece Jill Benson (Dick), Highland, Maryland and niece Susan Fletcher, Salt Lake City, Utah. Wanda was preceded in death by her sister Jean Robinson Salt Lake City, Utah and brother Joe Anderson, Fresno, California.
A memorial service will be held on November 7th in the Memorial Garden at the Good Shepherd Presbyterian Church.
Mary Justine Peterson
1927 - September 25, 2021
Mary Justine Peterson, a long-time resident of St. George, Utah, passed away Sept. 25, 2021 at the age of 94. Mary was born in Iowa to parents Ronald and Carolyn Woodke. She grew up in Sioux City, Iowa, Lexington, Kentucky, and Albia, Iowa. Mary graduated at the top of her Albia High School Class of 1944. She was a student at Iowa State Teachers College (now University of Northern Iowa) until she married her husband of 60 years, Emery (Pete) Peterson. They spent the next decades raising a family in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Mary and Pete moved to St. George in 1994.
Mary enjoyed family vacations and camping trips, traveling to almost all of the fifty states. She initiated every Christmas season by baking dozens of cookies for family and friends. Mary was an avid puzzle solver, completing a crossword puzzle and Sudoku (in ink) daily for many years. In St. George, she joined the "Knotty Knitters" at the Good Shepard Presbyterian Church, and over the years knitted hundreds of children's caps and scarves to be distributed to underserved communities.
Mary is survived by her son Steven Peterson (Peter Jaret) of Petaluma, California, and daughter Susan Licher of St. George, Utah; and grandchildren Lucas Wood and Zachary Wood. Mary was preceded in death by her parents and husband; her sisters Dorothy Lee of Albuquerque, New Mexico, and Lyn Jakubczak of St. George, Utah; and her brother William Woodke of Oshkosh, Wisconsin.
Mary was a sweet soul and will be missed greatly by family and friends. At her request, there will be no public service.