Shirley Jean Peterson

November 15, 1926 - February 2, 2019

Shirley Jean Peterson, 92, of Batavia passed away Saturday, February 2, 2019 while a resident of the Holmstad in Batavia, IL.  She was born November 15, 1926, in Champaign, IL the daughter of Lyle McLean and Helen (nee Birdsel) Clarno.  She was united in marriage to Harold Peterson on September 5, 1948. 

Shirley was a loving and kind person who devoted her life to the love and welfare of her family.  She grew up in Batavia and graduated from Batavia High School with the class of 1944.  After High School, Shirley attended two years at Knox College in Galesburg, IL.  Following college, she worked in Chicago.  Family being Shirley’s first love she enjoyed many trips to the family island located in Nestor Falls, Ontario.  She also experienced extensive travel around the United States with her family.  After retirement Shirley and Harold continued to enjoy their travels.  In her spare time, she enjoyed many hands of bridge and numerous rounds of golf.  Shirley and Harold were known to never miss a Batavia boys basketball game. 

Shirley is survived by her children, Steve (Darcy) Peterson of Fountain Hills, AZ Sandra (Bill) Porter, of Homer Glen, and Scott (Nancy) Peterson of Geneva; grandchildren Bryce (Venessa) Peterson, Andrew (Bianca) Porter, Colin (fiancé Kate Scott) Porter, Katie (Garrett) Podgorski, and Ethan Peterson; great-grandchildren Olivia and Alexa Peterson; Luke and Mila Porter, Sawyer and baby girl Podgorski (due in April), sisters Nancy Clark and Sally (Gene) Baum, and brother-in-law Robert (Sue) Peterson all of Batavia along with many nieces and nephews.    

In addition to her parents and husband, Shirley is preceded by a granddaughter, Lisa Peterson.

Visitation will be held 4:00 P.M. until 8:00 P.M. Thursday, February 7, 2019, at Moss Family Funeral Home 209 South Batavia Ave. Batavia, IL.

Funeral services will be held 11:00 A.M. Friday, February 8, 2019, at Bethany Lutheran Church 8 South Lincoln Street Batavia, IL.  She will lie in state at the church from 10:00 A.M. until the time of the service.    Interment will follow in West Batavia Cemetery.

Memorial contributions in Shirley’s name may be directed to Bethany Lutheran Church 8 South Lincoln Street Batavia, IL. or Alzheimer’s Association,

For additional information contact Moss Family Funeral Home 630-879-7900 or

Guest Book

  • RH Our sympathy to the Family. May your hearts be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived. Psalm 90:10
  • Kee Moore Our thoughts and prayer go out to the whole Peterson family. Shirley was one of the Best.
  • Marcy Novak Thanking God for the gift of your mom, and praying that you all feel God's comfort and peace throughout the days, weeks ahead. We have nothing but great memories that make us of my favorites of several years ago was dining at Corfu with my mom and Shirley. Those two knew everyone there... They were like local celebrities. Sending hugs and much love, Marcy and family
  • Herman & Kathryn Kussro So sorry for the loss of your Mother & Grandmother. She has had a wonderful life.