Ethel Peters, 91 / Jan. 30, 1919 — Oct. 14, 2010

Published 3:32 am Friday, October 15, 2010

Ethel Peters, 91

Ethel Peters, 91

Ethel G. Peters, 91, of Silverbrook Avenue, Niles, died at 10:31 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 14, 2010 at Lakeland Community Hospital in Niles.

Mrs. Peters was born Jan. 30, 1919 in Harvey, Ill. to Gerben and Marie (Enigenburg) Hoekstra. In 1922, she moved from Harvey to Niles.

Ethel graduated from Berrien Springs High School in 1937 and was Miss Berrien Springs. She retired after 37 years of service at East Main Gardens. She and her husband, Robert, had operated Peters Studio, a photography studio, in Niles.

She was a member of Hope Community Church in Niles.

On Sept. 10, 1937 in Rochester, Ind., she married Robert W. Peters, who preceded her in death Dec. 16, 1985.

Mrs. Peters is survived by their daughters, Gwendolyn (Paul) West of South Bend, Saran (Dwayne) Brock of Niles, Judy (Al) Swanson of Anderson, S.C. and Nellie (Don) DeLong of Paw Paw, Mich.; 11 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; one great-great grandchild; a sister, Saran Morris of Orlando, Fla.; brother, Dale Hoekstra of Gig Harbor, Wash.; and many nieces and nephews.

She was also preceded in death by a son, Robert W. “Buckles” Peters, Jr., who died in January 1963; a grandson, Donnie DeLong; sisters, Clara O’Rourke and Mimi Hosking; and brothers, John, Herman and Chaplain Ray Hoekstra.

Funeral services for Ethel G. Peters will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Hope Community Church in Niles with the Rev. Michael Smith of the church and the Rev. R. Allan Poage of Niles officiating.

Interment will be at Silverbrook Cemetery in Niles.

The family will begin receiving friends and relatives at 10 a.m. Saturday at the church.

Arrangements were made by Halbritter Funeral Home in Niles.

Contributions in memory of Ethel may be made to Hope Community Church.