Monday, August 24, 2009

I am still here.



Last week I faced the prospect of kidney cancer. I found out I really had it. The surgeons say they got it all.

Someone called me a "cancer survivor" today. I don't feel like one. I have survived a week.

I don't have complete control over my emotions much anymore. I cry at stupid things.

It's been a tough ten years. Thanks to all for the support and prayers.

Sunday, January 4, 2009

My brother-in-law.....by Linda Peterson


My Brother-in-Law and Friend, Chuck
I have many memories of Chuck after John and I were wed. I remember the Sue and Chuck’s wedding with the antique cars. Lisa was just a month old and we sat in the back of the church. I was very grateful she slept through the entire wedding.
Lady Girl had been used for breeding and she quit going through heat. The owners had no use for her and added her to their auction. I got to know Chuck when be bought a St. Bernard at this auction for $5. All I could see was her head in the back of his Karman Ghia. Lady Girl was our love and lived with us for 3 years before she died. If it hadn’t been for Chuck’s kind heart at that auction we would not have had such a great dog. We remember how careful she was with Lisa (toddler) and was very protective.
I remember Lisa telling me of the adventures of the 2 brothers in John’s pickup truck (green Ford with 2 stick shift levers). John had a tendency to allow the gas lever to reach empty, how empty could it get! Sweet Lisa told it all! Chuck always called her “Lisa Pizza” and she in return called him “Chuckie Ducky.” Chuck remembered that when we visited over Thanksgiving 2008. I will always remember Chuck by his nickname!
When John and I moved to Florida, it was a very difficult decision, but we did it! We missed our families and all of the holiday celebrations up north in Indiana. We created our own traditions. Then we lost Lisa in 1999, Chuck helped organize for Pete (his dad), Dee, and himself to fly down here, stay in a motel, and attend all of Lisa’s funeral services. He was such a blessing and helped us through such a difficult time. He can never know how much this helped us, and what it meant to John and I. My family is older in age, couldn’t travel and was not here for any of the funeral services. Chuck and the other Petersons were our only family members in attendance. God bless him.
Since John has slowed down with his business we have been able to take more trips up north. Chuck knew I followed ND football (even as they have lost many games) and hung a flag at our lake cottage. Sue got a lamp and it made it perfect to watch ND football. I know he doesn’t follow Notre Dame, but it was such a surprise to see that flag flying.
One Christmas season many years ago, Chuck and Sue bought us a Thomas Kincade centerpiece with the original design. We loved it and have many other designs of his. In 2008 we said NO MORE GIFTS. I guess Chuck did not follow the directions, since we received another original at Christmas 2008. He never stops in giving and sharing his love.
He also built us a fire pit during 2007, which we use often even during this last summer, and even if it is freezing in the winter at Thanksgiving 2008. We cookout marshmallows and sat and watch the lake. Chuck did all of this on his own. He also fixed up the barn and roof of the OTHER GARAGE (barn), and has helped us in so many ways we probably do not know. He is the one we have called upon to assist us with Charles. Chuck never has hesitated in helping the family even when he has been so sick. He is a giving individual and I love him deeply.
I wish I could have shared these words with him before he died, but I know he knew how much we loved him. In thinking back, Chuck has really been more of a brother than a brother-in-law. I will miss you dear friend.
Linda M. Peterson

Saturday, January 3, 2009

From Dee


In memory of my dearest brother Chuck,
 
There are so many memories as we all grew up together.

One of my fondest memories would be going to the movies with Chuck, and seeing "Star Wars."   It was just the two of us.

I am fortunate to have two wonderful brothers, John and Chuck.   I don't know what I will do without them.

Chuck is one of kind.   A generous person, kind, loving and giving person.   He got this personality from Mom of course.   

We lost Mom this past year.  It has been a hard year for all of us in the Peterson family. 

May our memories stay within our hearts and always will be.   I am just glad I got to spend some time with Chuck at the lake helping him with the cottage. Those memories will always stay with me.   He would always tease me, just like old times.   

I can remember the dishtowel flick that Chuck and Mom always did.    Boy, those were hard flicks.  How i miss those memories.  Chuck is now up there with Mom and watching over us.

Now he will be forever in our hearts and soul. 

From your loving sister Deeann Pierson 

We all will miss you Chuck,   from my family to yours.

Friday, January 2, 2009


Linda and I have been crying a lot lately. It is random. Little things set us off.

Our only child, Lisa, has been gone now for nine years. There is no way it has been that long. I think of her every day.

Now......my only brother, Chuck, is in a battle for his life.

When I suspected that something was drastically wrong with Lisa. I stopped my truck along US 19 and got down on my knees and prayed that she was all right. She was not.

I have been praying every day, all day for my brother. He is not responding.

If anyone else tells me that again that God is calling them home. I will lose it.