Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Marinus "Pete" Peters of Eagle Rock, MO passed away on October 16, 2013 while receiving medical care in Fayetteville, AR. He was 85 years old.

He was born in January of 1928, in Rotterdam, Holland, and lived in Torrance, CA, and Seal Beach, CA before retiring to Eagle Rock. He was preceded in death by his parents Cornelia (Ladage) Pieterse and Johannes Pieterse, wife Shackie Frances (Derderian) Peters, and sisters Cornelia (Pieterse) Sluis, and Geertruy "Truus" (Pieterse) Phillips.

Survivors include: his wife Carol Ann Brown Peters, a sister Johanna "Molly" Pieterse of South Africa, two daughters and sons-in-law, Marina and Mark Bromley of KY, and Marla and Lloyd Koch, of CA. three step-daughters, Nancy Smith of AR, Pat and Jim Bruner of AZ and Deirdre (Brown) Tremaine of CA, and a step-son, Samuel and Marisha Kubernick of OR. Grandchildren included Melissa (Bromley) and Ryan Humphrey, Jessica (Bromley) and Joshua Rodenbaugh, and Jason and Shannon Bromley, Christiana Koch, Caleb Koch, Adam and Karen Hearnsberger, Michael and Anna Bruner, Mark and Kelly Bruner, Bryan Atkinson, Sean Atkinson, Nicole Tremaine, Ayelet Kubernick and Eytan Kubernick. He also had 14 great-grandchildren.

He was a much-loved favorite uncle to several nieces and nephews including, Carolyn Sluis, Robert Sluis, Pete Sluis, Paul Sluis, Marianne Sluis, and Janet Sluis, all of CA. He also leaves behind the blessing of friends-like-family, Martin and Peggy Pot of Eureka Springs, AR and their children, who were a great source of laughter and joy to him these past several years, and a rock for him in his deepest times of need.

Pete was retired from The Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers, Local 37 in Los Angeles, CA. Over time he served the local union in many positions, ending his career as the Financial Secretary/Treasurer. The Labor Movement was his passion and he was proud to advance their cause. He also was a huge fan of soccer, taking great joy in watching games in person or on TV, and teaching his grandkids when they were younger. He previously coached teams in California and Cassville, MO.

Cremation arrangements were made under the direction of Westfield Chapel, Springdale, AR. No services were held.

Memorial donations may be made to the Cassville High School Soccer Program, c/o First State Bank, 98 Main Street, Cassville, MO 65625.