Donna (Franke) Peters

LAKE LINDEN – Donna (Franke) Peters, 75, a former resident of Lake Linden and most recently residing with her daughter in Knoxville, Tenn., passed away Dec. 13, 2012 at Ft. Sanders Regional Hospital in Knoxville.

She was born Nov. 5, 1937 in Chicago Heights, Ill., a daughter of the late Edmund and Eva (Pelkey) Franke. Donna graduated from Great Park High School in Ill. in 1955.

On Apr. 22, 1971, she was married to Norman Peters, Sr. in Steger Ill. and he preceded her in death on Oct. 28, 2006.

Donna was employed as a nurse aide at St. James Hospital in Chicago Heights until 1972. She was a stay-at-home mother when she moved to Lake Linden in 1988. Locally, she worked at Cypress Manor until she retired in 1996.

Donna enjoyed baking, gardening and helping others. She also did volunteer work throughout the years.

Preceding her in death was her husband, Norman; son, Timothy Peters in 1991; granddaughter, Jamie Woods in 2000; and both her parents.

Surviving are four daughters: Victoria McPherson of Calumet, Linda (Gregory) Green of Knoxville, Tammy (Ron) Beckett of Zeeland, Mich. and Diana (Aaron) Overkamp of Zeeland; one son, Jeff Woods of Arizona; grandchildren: Mark (Katrina) McPherson of Gillette, WY, Michael McPherson of Zeeland, Abigail and Matthew Becker of Zeeland, Noah, Daniel and Lydia Overkamp of Zeeland; great-grandson, Johnathen McPherson (son of Mark and Katrina) of Gillette; brothers, Ronald (Pat) Franke of Royal Oak, Mich., Edmund (Dawn) Franke of Lowell, Ind. and Vearl (Judy) Franke of Latrobe, Penn.; one sister, Delores (John) Lyons of Cutler, Ill.; numerous nieces and nephews.

A graveside service will be held in the Mt. Calvary Cemetery in Lake Linden in June, 2013. A notice will be announced at that time.

The Erickson Crowley Funeral Home in Calumet is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences can be left for the family at