Ruth was a chaperone for the Racine Belles. Her background included being the girls athletic coach at Washington Junior High in Racine. She was a pitcher for a team in Racine that had much success in city play. She attended the University of Wisconsin where she pitched for the girls' baseball team and was also on the track and field and hockey teams. She graduated from Kendall College in Chicago with a degree in physical education.
RUTH M. PETERSON, age 85, passed away in her sleep on Thursday, March 15, 1984, at St. Mary's Medical Center. She was born in Milwaukee on June 18, 1899, and was a lifelong resident of Racine. She was a former Gym Teacher and Coach at the old Washington Jr. High School for 34 years, retiring in June of 1962.
She was a graduate of the University of Wisconsin and William College of Physical Education, and she also taught for 1 1/2 years on the Chicago playgrounds, later returning to Racine to teach at the Racine YWCA. She was active in local athletic programs and was a chaperone for the Racine Belles, a women's professional baseball team.
Ruth was a lifelong member of the Wisconsin Education Association, the National Education Association, Racine County Retired Teachers Association, Racine Teachers Co-Op, and the Racine Teachers Benefit Club.
She was the last of a family of three girls and three boys born of her parents, Alice and Victor Peterson. Surviving were nephews, nieces, a brother-in-law, many grand-nieces and nephews, and her old and dear friend and companion, Bea Lumley.
Ruth was preceded in death by her parents, three brothers, two sisters, and a niece.
It was noted that Ruth would be sincerely missed by her many friends and former students whom she loved dearly. Miss Peterson's remains were cremated. No services were held. Memorials to the charity of one's choice or to the Racine Retired Teachers Association were suggested. Arrangements by Strouf-Sheffield Funeral Home, Directors.
Contributed By: Merrie Fidler
Copyright: Adapted from Racine (WI) Journal Times, 3/18/1984, p. 28 via Newspapers.com