She was born in Spring Lake, Michigan, on October 28, 1930, to Claus and Ruby De Witt. Irene married Owen Richard Peterson on May 16, 1952, at the Grand Haven Protestant Reformed Church by the Rev. Schipper.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 52 years, Owen; her daughter, Lois Richards, at the age of 56; a great-grandson, Isaiah Peterson; and her sister, Shirley. Irene leaves behind five children: Rich and Betty Peterson; sons, Jim Peterson and David Peterson, Carolyn Abar, Andrew and Donna Peterson; 23 grandchildren; and many great-grandchildren; a brother, Wes; two sisters, Karen and Diane; and a sister-in-law, Muriel.
Memorial services will be held at 12 p.m. Friday, May 18, 2018, at Faith Protestant Reformed Church, 7194 20th Ave., Jenison, with the Rev. Clayton Spronk officiating. Interment at Georgetown Township Cemetery. Relatives and friends may meet the family from 10:30-11:45 a.m. at church prior to the service.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Protestant Reformed Special Education Fund. Condolences may be sent online at www.mkdfuneralhome.com.