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September 24, 2021

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Peterson M.D., Jack Arthur

Jack Arthur Peterson M.D., of Waukesha, WI passed away on Tuesday, August 17th, 2021, at the age of 96. Jack died peacefully at his Avalon Square Apartment, Waukesha, with his wife, Kathryn, nearby. A fond lover of music and travel, he will be remembered as an optimistic and charismatic man who cared deeply for his family.

The youngest of four sons, Jack was born in 1925 in Minot, ND to Christian Frederick Peterson and Lydia Julia Emilia Megow. He graduated high school from Princeton, WI. At age 17, he enlisted in the Naval Air Corps, where he served as a communication specialist for three years during World War II. Jack studied pre-med at North Central College in Naperville, IL, and then attended medical school at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He spent his first years as a physician in General Practice in Waupun, WI, and went on to do OB-GYN residencies in Honolulu, HI, and Houston, TX. Jack then moved to Waukesha, WI, and practiced medicine from 1963 to 1993, during which time he delivered over 7,000 babies.

In 1950, Jack married Sue Frances Cochran and they raised five children. In their 27 years of marriage, Jack and Sue shared their passions for travel, music, education, and the importance of family and community with their children. Jack married Kathryn Kritz Shabaz in Paradise Island, The Bahamas, in 1987. Following his retirement, Jack and Kathryn enjoyed worldwide traveling. Jack was a motivational speaker with Norwegian Cruise lines, where he routinely lectured on women's health and preventive medicine. They both enjoyed playing duplicate bridge and ended most days indulging in a fine glass of wine. For years, they wintered on Anna Maria Island, Bradenton, FL and summered in Waukesha. When home in WI, Jack loved fishing and skiing with his grandchildren.

From early on, music was an integral part of Jack's life and he participated in church choirs and barbershop groups. He continued to enjoy and participate in musical activities into his retirement and was an active member of the Brookfield Highlands Ambassadors of Harmony Barbershop group. He continued singing up until the COVID-19 pandemic shut-downs. Jack was also passionate about helping hospitalized patients understand their medical choices and options and in retirement served as a volunteer ambassador and patient advocate at Waukesha Memorial Hospital and Blake Memorial Hospital, Bradenton, FL.

Jack was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Erling, Neal, and Curtis Peterson, son-in-law Michael Hansen and grandchild Christian Hansen. He is survived by his wife, Kathryn Peterson, his children, Julie Hansen; Christian Peterson; Jennifer Wendt and husband Peter Wendt; Daniel Peterson and wife Josie; and Robert Peterson and wife Jewel Market; stepchildren Scott Shabaz and Jeffrey Shabaz and wife Adrian; his grandchildren, Nigel Hansen and wife Becky; Geoff Wendt; Theodore Wendt and wife Kellie; Julia Wendt; Shayne Peterson and wife Crystal; J.C. Carlson and wife Megan; Melanie Austin and husband Joel; two sisters-in-law, Mary Kritz and husband Douglas Gurak, and Marge Kritz Hottmann and husband Robert; two brothers-in-law, Herb Kritz and wife Patricia Dorner and Fred Kritz and wife Carol; and 14 great grandchildren.

People wishing to honor Jack's memory can leave condolences with the Milwaukee Cremation Society. Memorial gifts can be directed to the Avalon Square Foundation at 222 Park Place, Waukesha, WI, 53186.W or to a charity of your choice. Cards can be sent to Kathryn at 222 Park Place, Apt. 284, Waukesha, WI 53186. Jack was a warm and caring man who loved his family deeply and contributed time and talent to the communities where he lived. He will be missed but we know that his soul will rest in peace. Memorial services will be held in 2022.

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