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Eleftera ‘Lefty’ Peters — Lake City

LAKE CITY — The funeral for Eleftera "Lefty" Peters will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Lake City, with Father John Jankowski officiating. Burial will be in Lakewood Cemetery, Lake City.

Mrs. Peters, 89, a longtime Lake City resident, died Monday (March 17, 2008) at the Lake City Medical Center-Mayo Health System Nursing Home.

Eleftera Mitrush Kristo was born in Pogradec, Albania, and was raised by her grandmother until her marriage to Martin Peters on Jan. 21, 1937. In September 1937, she sailed to Naples, Italy, and entered the United States shortly thereafter. She had been a resident of Lake City since that time, and received her naturalization papers in Winona on April 19, 1943. During her early years in Lake City, she worked at the Blue Moon Cafe, making all the breads, pies and cakes. She was involved in St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, then later in life with Saints Anargyroi Greek Orthodox Church in Rochester.

During the 1990s, Mrs. Peters made three trips to Albania and enjoyed re-visiting the village in which she grew up and introducing her relatives to her children. She enjoyed knitting and crocheting articles for friends and the church. Her joy was cooking large meals, and she always got requests for her Albanian dishes. She also enjoyed baby-sitting, and later in life became "Nanny" to many young people who grew up in Lake City. In her retirement, she was always seen walking from one end of town to the other, regardless of the weather.

Survivors include a daughter, Carol (John) Musser of Los Gatos, Calif.; a son, Andru M. of Lake City; four grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and many other cousins, nieces and nephews in the United States and Albania. She was preceded in death by her husband in 1975, and a daughter, Judy.

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Friends may call from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday at Schleicher Funeral Homes, Lake City Chapel, and an hour before the service Saturday at the church. There will be a Prayer service at 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home, with Father Nicholas Kasemeotes officiating.

Memorials are preferred to St. Mark’s Episcopal Church or Saints Anargyroi Greek Orthodox Church in Rochester.

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