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Shirley R. Peterson

February 12, 2021


Shirley R. Peterson, 92, Wausau, died Friday February 12, 2021 at her home.


She was born March 3, 1928 in Tomahawk, daughter of the late Paul and Martha (Filbrandt) Bebeau.  On June 28, 1947, she married the love of her life Ellis “Pete” Peterson in Tomahawk.  He preceded her in death July 20, 1996.


Prior to her retirement, Shirley had been employed at Wausau Insurance Company as a Credit Procedure Analyst.  As a longtime member of St. Matthew Catholic Church, Shirley was also a member of their Parish Council of Catholic Women, was a funeral lunch coordinator, was a Eucharistic Distributor among other volunteer church activities.  She also was a volunteer at Aspirus Wausau Hospital and had been a member of the Wausau Insurance Co. Women’s Club and the Jaycette’s.  She golfed in a Ladies Golf League and even had a hole in one to her credit.  Extremely active, Shirley was always open to any adventure that would come her way.  She was truly an inspiration to all who knew her.  She enjoyed traveling, being at their cottage on the lake, gardening, cross stitch and putting puzzles together, but especially enjoyed time spent with family and friends.  


Survivors include many special nephews and nieces, great nephews and nieces and many close friends through the years that were like family to Shirley.   She will be greatly missed, but so happy she will be reunited with Pete once again. 


Besides her parents and husband, Shirley was preceded in death by brothers, Leon, Paul Jr. and Edward Bebeau, sisters, Dorothy Hohl, Rosella Crass, Mercedes Reyant and Beatrice Marqui.


The Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m. Saturday February 20, 2021 at St. Matthew Catholic Church, Wausau.  Rev. Robert Thorn will preside.  Burial will be in the Gleason Cemetery.  Visitation will be on Saturday from 9:30 a.m. until the time of services at the church.  Social distancing protocols will be observed, and masks are required for all in attendance.  In lieu of flowers a memorial fund is being established.  The funeral mass will be Livestreamed on the Peterson/Kraemer Facebook page beginning at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday.


Peterson/Kraemer Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.  Online condolences may be expressed at

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February 20, 2021

9:30 AM to 11:00 AM
St. Matthew Catholic Church
229 South 28th Avenue
WI, 54401 US

Funeral Mass
February 20, 2021

11:00 AM
St. Matthew Catholic Church (Wausau)

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