"Ozzie" E. Peters, 86, of Watertown, died
Funeral services were held on Saturday at 11 a.m. at St. Henry’s Catholic Church. Burial was in the parish cemetery.
Ozzie was born on June 3, 1916, in Woodland, son of Arthur and Catherine (Christ) Peters. He was a 1934 graduate of Mayville High School. On Oct. 16, 1941, he married the former Patricia Simon at St. Henry Catholic Church.
Ozzie served in the United States Air Force as a staff sergeant during World War II. He retired from Wisconsin Telephone in 1977 after 35 years of service.
Ozzie was a member of St. Henry Catholic Church, its Usher Society, Catholic Knights Branch No. 120 and the former Holy Name Society, where he served as past president. He was a member and past commander of American Legion Post No. 189 and a member of its firing squad; member and past president of AARP Chapter No. 3056; member of Watertown Senior and Community Center; member and past president of Plattdeutscher Verein; member of Rock River Telephone Pioneers; and a member and past president of the Watertown Bowling Association. He had been a volunteer driver for the Jefferson County Veterans Service Office.
Ozzie could be found at various locations in town as he did his errands throughout the day. He was the raffle ticket king of Watertown, lending his support to St. Henry Catholic Church, the American Legion and any other organization of which he was a member.
Wife The former Patricia Simon
Son Jerome (Debra) Peters, Watertown
Daughter Carol Peters, Watertown
Daughter Mary (Quinton) DeLoach of Greenback, Tenn.
Son Michael (Cindy) Peters of Watertown
Brother Arthur Jr. (Dorothy) Peters of West Bend
PROCEEDED IN DEATH:
Patricia A. Peters
Patricia A. Peters, 95, of Watertown, passed away on Saturday, June 18, 2016, at Watertown Regional Medical Center.
A Mass of Christian burial will be held on Thursday at 11 a.m. at St. Henry Catholic Church with Father Scott Jablonski celebrating. Burial will be in the parish cemetery. Family and friends may call on Thursday from 9-11 a.m. at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Henry Catholic Church or the charity of one’s choice.
Patricia Ann Simon was born on Feb. 24, 1921, in Milwaukee, the daughter of Bernard and Anna (Doll) Simon. On Oct. 16, 1941, she married Oswald Peters at St. Henry Catholic Church. He preceded her in death on May 27, 2003.
Music was her passion. Early in her music career she sang with her sisters on the Poynette station WIBU and WTTN in Watertown. Recordings of these sessions still exist on 78 RPM records. In 1937 she joined the “Rainbow Girls Orchestra.” Pat sang and played guitar and tenor saxophone.
In 1940 Pat started playing for the “Dave and the All American Girls” Orchestra. She met Oswald (Ozzie) Peters on June 16, 1940, while playing at the Hollywood Gardens in Rubicon . This is where she met Ozzie, who was making a beer delivery. He won her heart and they were married 62 years when Ozzie passed away.
When asked what she is most proud of in her life, Pat was quick to answer. She was proud of her wonderful family. She was also very proud of her musical accomplishments, patience and ability to teach others how to play guitar. Even in her later years, as her golden voice diminished, she carried a tune in her heart and mind while playing her little chord organ.
Pat was a member of St. Henry Catholic Church, where she was a former choir member. She was a 50+ year member and past president of Watertown American Legion Auxiliary Unit #189, AARP Chapter 3056, Christian Mothers and Altar Confraternity, Catholic Knights Branch 120, Plattdeutscher Auxiliary, Watertown Senior Center and the senior center chorus.
Pat is survived by her children Jerome (Debbie) Peters, Carol Peters, Mary DeLoach and Michael (Beth) Peters; grandchildren Theresa Depies, Mark (Kris) Peters, Randy (Tracie) Peters, Carrie (Chad) Fredrick, Daniel Peters, Brian (Lauren) Caulum, Jody Reamer, Brandon, Austin and Carlee Peters and Patrick and Claire Hoffman; great-grandchildren Cory (Jessica) Peters, Kay (Michael) Parham, Anna (Aaron) Swope, Heather Peters, Andrew (Justina) Ferrell, Amber Ferrell, Karissa (Tim) Fendt, Amber and Jade Hiller, Karson Fischer, Taya, Kennedy and Korbin Caulum, Casandra and Caden Fredrick, Tyjuan Reamer and Veda Sterwald; and great-great grandchildren Layla and Ivan Peters and Olivia Parham. She is also survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Pat is further preceded in death by her parents, a brother, Jerome Simon, and two sisters, Dolores Stanton and Audrey Oschmann.
Pat’s family wish to thank the staff at Highland House for their loving care.
Schmutzler-Vick Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 500 Welsh Road Watertown
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