WATERTOWN, N.Y. —
Jane Roggenkamp Peterson, 89, of 358 Franklin St., Watertown,
NY, passed away in the early afternoon Thursday, February 9,
She was born April 12, 1927, in Watertown, the daughter of
August Martin and Minnie Barker Roggenkamp.
Alma was the youngest of five siblings, joining Helen,
William, Grace, and Isabel at the family homestead on South
Hamilton Street. She graduated with the 1944 class of
Watertown High School and worked at the Flower Memorial
Library and, later, as a dental assistant for Dr. Ruderman.
On Aug. 2, 1947, Alma married the love of her life, Fred
H. Peterson of Brownville, NY. They lived for many years on
Arlington Street and in 1967 moved into the former Haas home
on Franklin Street, her home for nearly 50 years. Fred H.
died November 25, 1991 at their home on Pillar Point.
Alma is survived by six of her seven children; Fred M.
Peterson, of Kiawah Island, SC; Thomas H. Peterson (Dennis
Laemmermann) of Watertown, NY; Helen P. Willard of Pillar
Point, NY; Anne P. Brenon of Brownville, NY; Jennifer P.
Wood (Terry Wood) of Lowville, NY; and Theodore A. Peterson
(Darcy Griffin) of Philadelphia, NY.
A daughter, Jane “Payne” Peterson, died April 5, 2009
from complications of multiple sclerosis. She was also
predeceased by two sons-in-law, Matthew Brenon in 2012 and
Frank Willard in 2013, and by all of her siblings.
Alma is also survived by grandchildren Joseph Franco
Peterson, Amanda Jo Phillips (Craig), Drew Laemmermann and
Maureen Laemmermann; Luke, Collin and Meganne Brenon; Ryan,
Eli, Anna and Sara Wood; Shane Peterson; and great
granddaughter Avery Phillips. Also surviving are a nephew
Michael Foley (Susan), niece Patty Gould Rosenburg (Eric),
niece Karen Gould West (Rudy), nephew William Roggenkamp
(Patti), a nephew Robert Peterson (Sue), several grand
nephews, grandnieces, great grandnephews and great
Alma was an active member of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church
for over 80 years, serving as a member of vestry, choir,
altar guild and lay ministry. She was also a member of
Church Women United. She loved to travel, do crossword and
jigsaw puzzles, spend time with her family and friends often
playing dominoes and card games. She was a great bowler,
active in co-ed and women’s leagues and loved to play and
watch golf. She loved to read and shared that joy with her
husband and children. She always rooted for her children’s
sports teams and was an avid SU basketball fan.
The funeral will be held 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 19, in the chapel
of St. Paul of Trinity Episcopal Church, with Jennifer Kenna
officiating. Following the service, her cremains will be
placed in the parish columbarium, joining husband Fred,
daughter Jane and sisters Helen and Isabel.
Memorial donations may be made to the Chapel of St. Paul or
the music ministry of Trinity Episcopal Church, Watertown,
NY or to The National Multiple Sclerosis Society, the ALS
Association or the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.
Arrangements are with D.L. Calarco Funeral Home, Inc.
Condolences may be made to dlcalarco.com.
Information provided by D.L. Calarco Funeral Home and