JoNell Peterson, born Jan. 25, 1947, in Osawatomie, lost her life Sunday, July 14, 2013, to the very disease she fought against all her working career with the American Cancer Society, Ohio Division.
JoNell lived and worked in Columbus, Ohio, for 22 years. At her retirement, she was recognized not only for her leadership in Ohio, but also nationally for her tireless effort to make the Relay for Life Program a success. As vice-president of Relay for Life, the Ohio Division of the American Cancer Society raised more than $140 million in the fight against cancer. At her retirement in September 2012, JoNell was Senior Director of Annual Giving in the Ohio/Pennsylvania Division.
She was a 1965 graduate of Osawatomie High School. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Oklahoma and loved following OU football. She was also an avid fan of University of Kansas basketball. She always enjoyed the companionship of dogs, and Holly and Kelsey will miss her dearly.
JoNell, the daughter of Clair and Marian Peterson, is survived by her brother, Dan Peterson of Osawatomie; three nephews: Garrett Peterson (Keri), Pvt. Jacob Peterson, Taylor Peterson; their mother, Mary Ann Peterson; two great-nephews, Cooper and Caden; an aunt, Lorena Trinkle; cousins, Sharon Trinkle (Chip) and Leah Pummill, as well as many other cousins of the Peterson and Trinkle families.
Graveside services were Friday, July 19, at Osawatomie Cemetery. Pallbearers were Garrett Peterson, Jake Peterson, Taylor Peterson, Jim Cortner, Gary Troutman, James Zakoura and Randy Newport.
- Memorials are to American Cancer Society, Olathe Hospice or a local animal shelter in care of the Penwell-Gabel Fueral Home, Osawatomie.