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Lilita Peterson


Lilita (Lil) Peterson, age 81, of Grand Rapids, passed away on Friday, January 3, 2020 at Spectrum Butterworth Hospital from congestive heart failure.  She was surrounded by her daughter Lita Peterson, her son-in-law Gregg McAllister, her sister Ruta Buckingham, and her nephew Erik Bole. She was preceded in death by her husband Chester “Chet”, her parents Janis and Milda Bredikis; siblings: Vizbulite “Vicki” Bole; brother in law Visvaldis Bole, and her brother John Bredikis. Lilita is survived by her daughter Lita (Gregg McAllister) Peterson; her sisters Inta (Egons) Everss, Ruta Buckingham, Ilze Abbott, and her sister-in-law Holli Bredikis and many beloved nieces and nephews. Lilita was born in Iecava, Latvia on July 12, 1938. Lilita came to America with her family as a young child first residing in Lincoln, Nebraska and eventually moving to Grand Rapids, Michigan. Chet, Lil, and daughter Lita lived for many happy years in Comstock Park.  Lilita worked hard at Amway for nearly 20 years to provide a better life for her family. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, January 11 at 2 PM at O’Brien Eggebeen Gerst Chapel, 3980 Cascade Road SE, Grand Rapids, with visitation beginning at 1 PM.  Private family burial service at Woodlawn Cemetery. Memorial contributions in Lilita’s name may be made to Latvian Evangelical Lutheran Church,  1780 Knapp St NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49505.

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5 Responses

  1. Thinking of you, Lita and your family during this time.



  2. My condolences Lita. Many fond memories from years ago, spent with you and your family.
    Sincerely, Summeur

  3. Dear Lita, Ruta, Ilze, and Inta,

    Thinking of you and your families during this sad time of letting Lil go. I, too, have many fond memories of all our times together. Lil was a great friend and even if we did not see each otherin recent years, we would have long conversations on the phone and catch up. I know she suffered so much and now she can rest in peace.

    Sending my prayers and love to all of you.


  4. So sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you all
    Jamie Savickas-Bentz
    Taylor Anderson

  5. DEAR Lita and Famiĺy,
    Jonny and I are thinking of you today as you honor Lil. Everyone I know who knew her has a funny memory or story of her to share. She always made an impression. I will remember her visit to our apartment with love and laughter. I know she will be with you, in your heart, everyday.

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