Gladys Jane (Peterson) Peterson

Born: Tue., Nov. 29, 1921
Died: Mon., Apr. 15, 2013


9:00 AM to 11:00 AM, Sat., Apr. 20, 2013
Location: Evangelical Covenant Church

Funeral Service

11:00 AM Sat., Apr. 20, 2013
Location: Evangelical Covenant Church

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Gladys J. Peterson

November 29, 1921 – April 15, 2013



Former South Bend resident, Gladys Jane Peterson, 91, of Mishawaka went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Monday, April 15th in Hospice House of South Bend.  She was born November 29, 1921 in South Bend to the late Ruth N. (Parsons) and Anton Peterson and had lived in the area since returning from Elgin, IL.  Besides her parents she was preceded in death by her baby brother Jack Peterson.


She is survived by her brother, William A. Peterson (Nancy) of Edwardsburg, MI; niece, Susan Shivers (Robert) of Houston, TX; nephews, Timothy Peterson (Safia) and daughter Ashley of Pompano Beach, FL and Robert Peterson (Aniza) and their three girls of Houston; two special  cousins, Judy Feltz (Del) of Elkhart, IN and Jane Caroll of South Bend.  Also surviving are Jane’s children Christine Carroll and her son Brandon, and Michael Carroll, his wife Heather and their daughter Meghan; and Judy’s children, Dean Rininger and Traci Rininger Stewart, her husband Brent and their children, Micki, Dennie and Elise Stewart; and Gladys’ best friend, Carol Johnson.


Gladys graduated from South Bend Central High School and went on to graduate from Indiana University, Bloomington in 1942 with a degree in journalism.  After working in advertising for the South Bend Tribune and Robertson’s Department Store, she followed God’s will for her life and attended Moody Bible Institute.  Following her graduation with a degree in Christian Education she accepted a position with the David C. Cook Foundation, an interdenominational publisher of Sunday school and church material.  She worked as an editor and photo-journalist traveling through 80 countries spreading the word of God.  Later she taught others to write Christian literature in their native language.  Gladys, who was a published author, wrote with the intention of spreading the Christian message to all.  After retiring from Cook’s she moved back to South Bend.


Gladys grew up in the Evangelical Covenant Church where she later taught Sunday school for many years.


Throughout her miraculous life, she was severely hearing impaired.  Gladys proudly supported the Dogs for the Deaf Foundation.  With the help of her hearing dogs, she was able to live a more independent life and went on to spread the word of the importance of service dogs and their ability to improve the quality of life for the disabled.


The loss of Gladys will be felt deeply by all who knew her as she was a shining example of how a person can live their life for God.


Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, April 20th in Evangelical Covenant Church, 3025 Edison Rd. with Rev. Ryan Cooper officiating.  Committal services and burial will follow in Riverview Cemetery.  The family will receive friends in the church on Saturday from 9:00 a.m. until the time of service.  A funeral luncheon in the church will follow the committal services at the cemetery. 


Memorial contributions may be made to Evangelical Covenant Church, 3025 Edison Rd., South Bend, IN, 46615. 


Welsheimer Family Funeral Home North is assisting the family with arrangements.  Family and friends may leave e-mail condolences at


Charitable donations may be made in Gladys's memory to the following organization:

Evangelical Covenant Church
3025 E. Edison Rd., South Bend, IN, 46615

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   Posted Thu April 18, 2013

Laina Niedbalski
   Posted Fri April 19, 2013
My thoughts and prayers and with you. She had such an enormous impact on so many people! Although she will be missed by all those here, she left a wonderful legacy...something to be emulated by all!

Sonny & Dodo Tepe
   Posted Fri April 19, 2013
Dear Nancy & Pete! Our sympathy to you & your family in the loss of Gladys.
I only knew her as a young woman as Pete's older sister & am sorry not to have known her as an adult. She certainly became a very admired woman who accomplished so much -- how proud you all must be of her! We hope all the wonderful memories you have of her will be helpful to you now and in the difficult days ahead.

With love & sympathy - Dodo

Sandra Ziegler
   Posted Sat April 20, 2013
You're in my thoughts today as you celebrate Glad and say farewell for a time.
Our paths crossed when I moved to Elgin to work at Cook. We had offices at the far end of a hall, so we became coffee-break and lunch buddies. We've shared friendship for many years, and I'll miss coming to South Bend to catch up. I count Gladys one of my true friends. I'll miss her slide shows, travel stories, words of faith and friendship, family stories, Skipbo, kindness, just knowing she's there. Rest in peace, dear friend.

   Posted Sat April 20, 2013
Dear family and friends,

I met Gladys just over 3 yrs ago when I joined an outreach ministry team that served the residents at Tanglewood. I was immediately impressed with her life of service. What a life she lived! I would not have guessed that she was 91 years old; she had an incredibly sharp wit and was always involved in our Bible studies. I joined the ministry to share Christ and to teach others- but she taught me how to (more effectively) share the Gospel.

We were all blessed to have known her; Gladys will be missed dearly. I have also uploaded a photo of her to share.

My prayers are with you for our Heavenly Father to comfort all of you in this time of grief. -Charles