Janice Peterson

The funeral and visitation services for Janice Peterson, 82, of Altoona, WI, will be at 11:00 AM on Saturday, January 9, 2021 at Smith Funeral Chapel in Eau Claire with Pastor Dave Irgens officiating. Visitation will take place at Smith Funeral Chapel one hour prior to the service on January 9, 2021. Burial will be held at a later date at Lakeview Cemetery in Eau Claire, followed by a picnic and celebration of life at the park. Janice entered into eternal life on January 4, 2021 surrounded by family at her home, following an illness with cancer.

Janice I. Peterson was born on November 16, 1938 in Eau Claire, WI to Marshall (Pete) and Ruth (Dennis) Basacker. Janice grew up in Eau Claire where she attended school through the 11th grade. She moved to Barron, WI to work at the Barron Nursing Home during the summer and remained there where she graduated from Barron High School in 1959. Janice was married on June 20, 1959 at the First Baptist Church in Eau Claire to Gerald Peterson. Following their marriage the couple moved to Missouri where Gerald served in the United States Air Force. After a few years of living in the twin cities and Hudson area, the couple lived in rural Almena, WI where they continued operating the Peterson Family farm and raised their 5 children. They later separated and Janice moved to Altoona in 2014. Janice was a farmwife, homemaker, and was also employed at the Barron and Cumberland Nursing Homes, and for West CAP. Janice was a longtime member of First Lutheran Church in Barron. She volunteered at the Barron County Fairgrounds Senior Citizen Center for 10+ years. Janice loved spending time with her family. She followed her children and grandchildren to their sporting and other events. She enjoyed watching the Green Bay Packers and Wisconsin Brewer baseball games. Janice was an awesome cook and baker and passed on the tradition to her children.

Janice is survived by her former husband, Gerald; 2 daughters, Lori (Patrick) O’Brien of Oakdale, MN and Gay (Mike) Wilcox of Eau Claire, WI; 3 sons, Rodney Peterson of Rice Lake, WI, Mark (Gail) Peterson of Eau Claire, WI, and Brian (Shauna) Peterson of Clear Lake, WI; 16 grandchildren;13 great grandchildren; 1 brother, Theodore (Marge) Basacker of Barnes, WI;l and many nieces and nephews.

Janice was preceded in death by her parents, Ruth and Marshall (Pete) Basacker; brother, Robert Basacker; and sister, Ruthann Basacker.

A time of visitation for family and friends will take place at Smith Funeral Chapel one hour prior to the service on January 9, 2021. Masks and safe social distancing protocols will be in place. Arrangements are with Smith Funeral Chapel in Eau Claire. Condolences and memories of Janice are welcome at www.smithfuneralec.com.

The service will be available to watch via Zoom for family and friends who are unable to attend. The Zoom link and passcode are listed below:

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  1. I’m so sorry, she lived a full life and will be very missed I remember talking to her at all the Gatherings that you’ve had through the years and she was always so much fun to sit and talk with well she’s up there with my mom and dad my sister so hopefully they’ll sit down and have a good conversation once again sorry for your loss

  2. We are thinking of the family and friends of Janice at this time. Our condolences and prayers are being sent your way to help at this difficult time.

  3. Thoughts and prayers with you an the whole family. Janice was a great friend, co-worker and all round person. We had so many good times together, Super Bowl parties and going out to eat. She was so special, always bringing a treat to work. Can still hear her special laugh. She loved you all and her face just lit up when she talked about her grandkids, kids and now great-grandkids. Though she moved to Altoona, her heart was in Barron County. She was a special lady and you were all so good to her. She will be with Ruth Ann and your folks and in no more pain. So sorry for your loss

  4. Please know that my prayers and thoughts go out to the family who I know all very well over the years. Many memories with Janice making us breakfast after Lori hosted a overnighter.:) She will be missed but know how lucky the good lord is to be welcoming home another angel! Wish I could be there for her service Godspeed Janice

  5. My deepest sympathy goes out to your family Gay & Mike Wilcox, Brian Peterson and to your families, I know your mom felt how deeply she was loved up to the day she passed, she knew how much you cared, and she felt the love around her. Peace to you, your mom and to your family.

    Rest in peace Janice, you raised beautiful children!

    God Bless You,


  6. Heartfelt sympathy to the entire family! Mom Peterson was a special lady and loved her family through and through. As she gained her angel wings she’s watching over all of you. May the fondest memories heal your hearts from sadness. Rest In Peace Mom Peterson.

  7. I remember the first time I met your Mother. Your Father brought her to meet the family. I didn’t think your Father should have a girlfriend. I went upstairs and cried. Your Mother came upstairs and talked to me and reassured me that your Father would still be apart of my life. I remember her caring and kind heart. I am glad that I was able to see her one more time at my Mother’s memorial service. I know she cherished all of you and one day you will be with her forever. My prayers and love are with you all. Remember Goodbye is not forever. ??? Delores

  8. Love your mom and your family! She was a second mom to me through Lori, aka Petee, and our special friendship, sports, and of course all the fun. She still had the peaceful nonjudgmental way of talking when I last saw her. She could make me laugh and sed a bright side. After so many years I could say she hadn’t changed a bit. A very special lady!! ❤️❤️❤️

  9. My first memory of Mother Peterson that I remember most was her Big Hugs, her warm and friendly personality it was as if I always knew her. Rest in Heavenly Peace Mother Peterson

    Johnny and Belinda
    Virginia Beach

  10. When I first met Mother Peterson what I remember most was her Big Hugs and her warm and friendly personality, it was as if I always knew her. Rest in Heavenly Peace Mother Peterson.

  11. Gay and family,
    So sorry to read about you mom’s death. I remember her outgoing personality and contaigous smile. Peace and strength to you in the days to come.

    Marcia Fall

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