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Obituary: Jane Andruska Peterson

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03/02/47 ~ 01/07/03

On Jan. 7th, 2003, Jane Andruska Peterson passed away at home

Born on March 2nd, 1947, Jane was a beautiful and very intelligent woman who not only accomplished a great deal in her life, but also did so much for others.

Because her father was in the military, she and her sister attended many schools from Virginia, to Chicago, Hawaii, Rhode Island, and then making it back to retire in the Washington DC area. Jane excelled at school, making friends, and sports. In 1965, she attended the University of Iowa, where her father had been a star football player in 1939. Jane became a member of various service organizations, and joined Chi Omega sorority. Although Jane's major was psychology, when she graduated she pursued a Masters Degree in Library Science. She received her Masters Degree in 1970.

She began working as head of the Children's Department of Alexandria Library in Alexandria, Virginia. She loved the children, and did far more for them than was included in her job description. Many of the children came from poor areas of Alexandria. They would show up hungry, and with lice in their hair, so Jane would feed them and take them in the library bathroom to clean their hair.

In 1972, she married Roy E. Peterson of Sioux City, Iowa. Roy had enlisted in the Army and was due to report to Salinas, California in a few days. They soon left together for Worms, Germany, where they were stationed for three years. Jane also worked in the Library there. In their free time they traveled all over Europe, and became advanced skiers in Tignes, France.

When Jane returned to the states, she settled in Salt Lake City, so her husband could finish his Business Degree. After working for several local libraries, Jane went to work for the Office of Legislative Research and General Counsel at the Utah State Capitol. The job was challenging and Jane more than met those challenges. She established a computer network between all state legislatures, added programs to improve the public's relationship with, and knowledge of, the legislature, and improved the morale of everyone she was around. She eventually was promoted to Media Specialist, a position which she held until her retirement.

After 30 years of marriage, Jane and Roy Peterson were divorced.

She is survived by her mother, Doris G. Andruska of Fort Belvoir, Virginia; her sister Joan M. Gallagher; brother-in-law, Brian P. Gallagher; her two nieces Emily and Sarah Gallagher, and one sad cat, Toby; all in Salt Lake City. She was preceded in death by her father, Col. B.J. Andruska USMC.

A graveside ceremony for family members, and close friends invited by the family, will be arranged.