Friday, October 26, 2012

Addie G. Peterson

Wellsville, NY - Addie G. Peterson, 92 years old and a 90 year resident of Wellsville died Ocotber 25, 2012 after more than a four year battle with heart failure and other health problems. She was born in Andover and moved to Wellsville when she was 2 years old. She graduated from Wellsville High School in 1938, where she was Valedictorian of her class.

Her four year health battle took her to 7 different hospitals from Houston to Rochester and included more than 50 emergency calls for EMS and more than 50 hospital stays. Even during this difficult battle she kept her positive outlook and many times stated: "I've had a good life". She made the most of her life including to the end. She enjoyed her family and family vacations, her many pets over the years, cooking, country music (she saw about 100 singers in concert), flowers, travel ing and her 45 year career at National Fuel Gas which included its predecessors Bradley Oil, Empire Gas Iroquois Gas.

She traveled extensively to about 31 States, cruised to the Caribbean and visited her son, when he lived in Paris, and took a family driving tour of France, Belgium Holland, Denmark, Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Sweden which was the original home of her mother's and father's families. Except for the past 2 years, when her health prevented travel, she spent more than 20 winters in Texas with her family. She greatly enjoyed her second home on Keuka lake as well as annual family vacations in the Finger Lakes and Round Lake in Canada before the Keuka Lake home was purchased in 1967.

She shared with her husband, Chet, the life and family raising philosophy that: "Along the Way One Should Take Time to Smell Flowers".

She was the daughter of Mary Johnson Gustafson and Oscar Gustafson of Wellsville. She is survived by her son Bob Peterson, and daughter, Marcia Peterson of Houston and Wellsville respectively. She is preceded by husband, Chet Peterson and son, Larry Peterson as well as her sister Lois Gustafson and bothers Carl Gustafson and Donnie Gustafson. She is also survived by sister-in-Iaws Janice Gustafson of Wellsville and Dolly Peterson of Buffalo as well as many cousins, nieces and nephews.

She was a Cub Scout den mother and a member of many organizations including the Red Hat Ladies. She was the secretary of Bradley Oil's Boandga Club in Scio. She was life long member of the Christian Temple.

She did have a good life and did take time along the way to smell the flowers.

Visiting hours will be from 2 to 4 pm Sunday at the J.W. Embser Sons Funeral Home in Wellsville and the funeral will be at the Christian Temple Church Monday at II am. Rev. Ralph Eastlack will preside the service with burial in Woodlawn Cemetery. Memorials in her name can be made to the SPCA. She loved all animals dearly. To leave online condolences please visit


  1. To the family of Addie,
    My thoughts & prayers are with you at this time of your loss.
    May you find peace in knowing that she had a wonderful life..
    Marcy Jo Burdick Crawford
    (granddaughter of Victor & Ruby Peterson of Belmont, NY. I do believe that my grandfather was the brother to Addie's husband)

  2. A wonderful lady!
    Empire Gas & Fuel Company, Ltd. co-worker, Helen Monroe

  3. She certainly did live a full life. I feel so honored to have known her for the many wonderful years we spent together on Keuka Lake. Peggy Wilson

  4. Judith Peterson DipasqualeOctober 30, 2012 at 11:09 PM

    So sorry about the lost of your Mother, so glad I got to see her a few years back at Aunt Dolly's She certainly was an intersting lady. Our deepest Sympathy love Judy