Veronica Frances “Ronnie” <I>Capone</I> Peterson


Veronica Frances “Ronnie” Capone Peterson

Miami Beach, Miami-Dade County, Florida, USA
Death 17 Nov 2007 (aged 64)
Auburn, Placer County, California, USA
Burial Unknown
Memorial ID 145149153 View Source
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Published in the Press-Tribune (Roseville, CA) on Dec. 2, 2007:

Veronica F. Peterson was born on Jan. 9, 1943 in Miami Beach, Fla. She was the beloved first child of the late Albert F. and Diana R. Casey Capone. She died on Nov. 17, 2007 in Auburn Faith Hospital in Auburn, Calif. of complications from AML.

Ronnie, as she was known to all, died as she had lived, with grace and beauty and courage, surrounded by her loved ones. She was diagnosed with Acute Myelogenous Leukemia in Jun. 2007 and valiantly fought for five months to beat it. She spent almost three months in Mercy San Juan Hospital undergoing chemo, then at the recommendation of her doctors, enrolled in a clinical trial at Stanford Hospital. She said she might not survive the clinical trial, but maybe the information gained would help someone else. She came home from the San Francisco Bay area after the clinical trial proved to be unsuccessful and after a brief stay with her husband at the home of her sister, Barbara Prince, and brother-in-law, George Prince, she entered Auburn Faith Hospital.

Ronnie is survived by the love of her life, Gordon Peterson, her husband of over 31 years; her sisters, Diane Patricia Pette (Donald), Barbara Mae Prince (George) and Terri Hall; her beloved step­mother: America Francis; her adored stepchildren, Rod Bacon (Masako), LeeRae Bacon Walter (Ed), DeVon Bacon Harbolt (John), Eric Peterson (Angie) and Cassie Peterson. She is also survived by grandchildren, Jenny and Travis Walter, Lana Pewitt and Jarod Halterman, Kai, Hana, and Maya Bacon, and Bianca and Miles Peterson; nephews, Joseph Griesa (Chrissy), Michael Griesa (Julie), and Eric Griesa (Michelle); and niece Katherine Seal; along with numerous grandnieces and grandnephews.

She is also survived by a legion of friends, especially Al and Laura Enamait, Ed and Diane Clavel, Bruce and Carmen Austin, Darlene Moore, Sheila and Dick Jones, Linda and Gordon Johnson, Leonard and Maybritt Clarenbach, Richard Gordon, Tom and Tricia Wait, Bob and Lyn Bacon and June Philbin, along with many others who reside all over the world.

She was predeceased by her nephew, Aaron Hall in 1990.

Ronnie spent her happy childhood in Miami Shores, Fla. where she attended St. Mary's Catholic School and graduated from Notre Dame Academy. In 1960 she moved with her family to Palo Alto, Calif. She lived in the San Francisco Bay area for most of her adult life. She raised her children, Rod, DeVon and LeeRae Bacon in Sunnyvale with her first husband, Bob Bacon. She worked for over 20 years in various administrative and managerial capacities in the semiconductor field, most notably Fairchild in Mountain View. She married Gordon Peterson in 1976 and moved to Auburn upon his retirement in 1990. Ronnie and Gordon had a wonderful marriage and loved having time to enjoy family, friends and travel. They lived in Auburn Lake Trails in Cool, Calif. for the winter months and spent summers in their home by the water in Florence, Ore. Rarely was there a time when their home wasn't filled with loved ones.

Ronnie also found time for various volunteer jobs in her later years including driving disabled veterans for medical appointments sometimes hundreds of miles from home. She also helped support a village school in Samburo, Kenya for the last several years among numerous other charities. Ronnie will always be remembered for her passion. She lived life to the fullest each and every day. She had traveled all over the world, most recently on her second trip to Africa with her stepmom, Amie, just before she was diagnosed with AML. She loved food and knew more about it than any four-star chef. She loved the arts: film, ballet, music and literature. She loved debate and was at her best when embroiled in a political argument. She was also the cleanest fighter in the world. She might disagree with someone vehemently, but she was always respectful of others and all arguments ended with a good laugh. She packed more living into her short 64 years than any 10 people, but she was never too busy for a conversation or to lend a hand to help someone. The world will be a little dimmer without her light and laughter, but the heavens will be brighter than ever. Private memorial services were conducted in Auburn, Calif. on Dec. 1, 2007.

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