Priscilla Kay (Peterson) Rafferty

Born: Fri., Dec. 11, 1953
Died: Mon., Aug. 1, 2011


Visitation

1:30 PM to 3:00 PM, Sun., Aug. 07, 2011
Location: Clay Church


Celebration of Life

3:00 PM Sun., Aug. 07, 2011
Location: Clay Church


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 Priscilla K. Rafferty

December 11, 1953 – August 1, 2011

 

 

After courageously battling a rare form of cancer, leiomyosarcoma, for over three years Priscilla Kay Rafferty, 57, of South Bend, IN, passed away peacefully in the early morning of August 1st surrounded by her closest family members.  Priscilla was born December 11, 1953 in South Bend to Betty (DeRuyver) and Glenn Peterson and was a lifetime area resident.  On September 27, 1980 in South Bend as Priscilla K. Peterson she married Michael S. Rafferty who survives.  Also surviving are her children, Caitlin A. Rafferty of Chicago, IL and Ryan M. Rafferty (fiancée Jenna Rogers) of Brooklyn, NY; her parents, Betty and Glenn Peterson; one sister, Pamela Rhodes (Ron) of Owensville, IN; and two brothers, Dennis Peterson (Amy) of Elkhart, IN and Scott Peterson (Christina) of Oakland, CA.  Throughout her life Priscilla took on many roles: loving mother, wife, daughter, sister, friend, coach, teacher and inspiration. Whether in the stacks of Darden Elementary library teaching and mentoring children, her experience opening and managing retail ventures throughout the Midwest, coaching aspiring dancers at Clay High School or simply taking the time to listen Priscilla was always thoughtful, respectful, and dedicated. It was rare to meet such an open-hearted, creative and giving individual. Her gifts were many and she will forever be missed. What a beautiful difference one single life made.

A celebration of Pricilla’s life will be held at 3:00 p.m. Sunday, August 7th in Clay Church, 52866 Ironwood Rd. with Rev. Herb Buwalda officiating.  The family will receive friends in the church on Sunday from 1:30 until the time of service at 3:00 and for fellowship immediately following the service at the Clay Church South Campus, 17646 Cleveland Rd.  Memorial contributions may be made to Foundation for Women’s Cancer, 230 W. Monroe St., Suite 2528, Chicago, IL, 60606-4703 or Center for Hospice Care, 111 Sunnybrook Ct., South Bend, IN, 46637.  Welsheimer Family Funeral Home North and Crematory is handling arrangements.  Family and friends may leave e-mail condolences at www.welsheimer.com

Charitable donations may be made in Priscilla's memory to the following organizations:

Center for Hospice and Palliative Care
111 Sunnybrook Court, South Bend, IN 46637

Foundation for Women’s Cancer
230 W. Monroe St., Suite 2528, Chicago, IL, 60606-4703

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Margie Schmeltz
   Posted Thu August 04, 2011
My dear sweet friend; classmate....you were always an angel, a bright star with that beautiful smile! I have missed you my friend....'til we meet again....

My sympathy and prayers to your family....

K.Biek
   Posted Thu August 04, 2011
Priscilla was a wonderful person, we were so sorry to learn that she passed. May she rest in peace. God's blessings to her family.

Sharon Wiltse
   Posted Thu August 04, 2011
My deepest sympathy to you and your family.

Sr.Elaine DesRosiers, OP
   Posted Thu August 04, 2011
Oh Mike, I am so sorry to hear of Priscilla's illness and death. Please accept my sincere sympathy to you and your now grown children. Priscilla and all of you are in my thoughts and prayer.

Rev. Don and Barbara Mullen
   Posted Fri August 05, 2011
We are so sorry to learn of Priscilla's passing. Your entire family will remain in our prayers.

Mark & Sandy Scott
   Posted Fri August 05, 2011
Mike,
We are sorry for your loss. Priscilla was a wonderfull women. She will be truly missed.

Pam Green
   Posted Fri August 05, 2011
Glenn, Mike and family,

I so enjoyed knowing Priscilla and especially working with her in the PTA when our kids were growing up. She was such a soothing and thoughtful individual. I'll remember her beautiful smile forever. I send my family's deep condolences.

Pam Green
   Posted Fri August 05, 2011
Glenn, Mike and family,

I so enjoyed knowing Priscilla and especially working with her in the PTA when our kids were growing up. She was such a soothing and thoughtful individual. I''ll remember her beautiful smile forever. I send my family''s deep condolences.

teri wenke hall
   Posted Sun August 07, 2011
I'll see you again my friend. You were such a kind a happy person.
You were a good role model for many. We share many good high school memories. You will be truly missed. My condolences to your loved ones.
Watch over them,
I will see you again someday!!

Robin Macer and Kirk
   Posted Sun August 07, 2011
She was our angel and sunshine. She taught me to love god again...I will miss all our trips and shopping of course. Every day at Darden will not be the same. I still need someone to eat French food with me in Chicago!!!!! It was such a short time, but it was wonderful knowing Priscilla. Everywhere we went she always met new people. She could tell you their life practically by the time we were done shopping. She was an inspiration to us all. I will start wearing bracelets and rings more often, at least I will try.A luminary will be lit at Coaches for cancer for Priscilla. Thank you to her family for letting her spend time with me...I will never forget. Love Robin and of course Kirk Macer

Linda (Peterson) Fields
   Posted Mon August 08, 2011
What a beautiful person...both on the inside and out. She was always so sweet and pleasant when our paths crossed. She was a remarkable woman who has left us with many wonderful memories. Keep smiling, Priscilla, you are in God's hands now.

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