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The Rev. Dr. John C. Peterson of Meadowbrook Drive, New Wilmington, Pa., died peacefully on Feb. 9, 2017.
He was born Dec. 8, 1930, in McKeesport, Pa., the son of J. Charles Peterson and Helen Bolton Peterson. He was a graduate of Westminster College (1952), Pittsburgh-Xenia Seminary (1955) and Pittsburgh Seminary (D.Min. 1979). He also did graduate studies at New College, University of Edinburgh, Scotland, and was awarded an honorary doctorate by Westminster College in 1977. He served as pastor of Big Spring U.P. Church in Newville, Pa., and for 33 years as pastor of Center Presbyterian Church, Slippery Rock, Pa., before his retirement in 1995. He was active in the community and in Beaver-Butler Presbytery, where he served as stated clerk for 21 years.
He was predeceased by his wife of 37 years, Nancy Wilson Peterson. He is survived by his wife, Marie Nicholas Peterson, with whom he shared 21 joyous years. He has four children, John C. Peterson III and his wife Karen of Staunton, Va., James W. Peterson and his wife Judy Pidcock of Raleigh, N.C., Mary Peterson Wilkins and her husband Mark of Wexford, Pa., and Meg Franco and her husband Don of Charlottesville, Va.; and three stepchildren, Becky Parks and her husband Jim of Rochester, N.Y., Susan Nicholas and her husband David Warren of Waterbury Center, Vt., and Tom Nicholas and his wife Ingrid of Virginia Beach, Va.; 15 grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
He was much beloved as a pastor, colleague and friend, and had enduring friendships in Scotland, where he served in several pulpit exchanges. The family is grateful for all the loving care provided by caregivers at his home and at the Grove.
The family will receive friends on Feb. 24, 2017, from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Smith Funeral Home, New Wilmington, Pa. A Celebration of Life and Witness to the Resurrection will be held at Center Presbyterian Church, 211 Center St., Slippery Rock, Pa., on Feb. 25, 2017, at 2 p.m. The family will receive friends at a reception at the church following the service.
In lieu of flowers contributions may be made in his memory to Westminster College, Pittsburgh Seminary, or a charity of the donor's choosing.
Arrangements are being handled by Smith Funeral Home, New Wilmington, Pa.
Published on  February 19, 2017
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