Mari Helen Peterson, age 69, of County Road 509, P.O. Box 254, Rapid River, passed away Monday, January 22, 2007 at St. Francis Hospital in Escanaba with her loving husband by her side. She was born April 25, 1937 in Aurora, Illinois to William V.J. and Dorothy (Gerlach) Cassidy. Mari attended and graduated from Rapid River High School in 1955.
She married First Sergeant Winston M. Maggart on June 20, 1960 and he preceded her in death on July 18, 1968. She married Jerome H. Peterson on August 23, 1980 at St. Charles Catholic Church in Rapid River.
Mari was a life-long resident of Rapid River and was very proud of it. She was very active in the community. She was on the Memorial Day Parade Committee and the Queen Coordinator for 22 years. She was also one of three members who helped organize the Rapid River Memorial Day Scholarship and was the 1991 Grand Marshall for Memorial Day. She was Past-President of the Walter W. Cole American Legion Auxiliary #301 in Rapid River. She was a Rapid River Lioness charter member, Past President and Treasurer; a Lions Club member; Masonville Township Recreation Board, Past President; and helped with the volunteer food program with Community Action Agency for 23 years, for township senior citizens. Mari organized girls