PETERSON, Ruth H. Kalamazoo, MI Ruth passed away Thursday, April 20, 2017 at her home in Kalamazoo. She was born June 12, 1935 in Otsego the daughter of Albert and Helena (Jager) Lindsey. Ruth graduated from Western Michigan University with her Masters of Education Degree and became an elementary school teacher. She has also worked at Jacobson's as the Manager of the china department and at WMU where she had worked in the Financial Aid Department and was Conference Coordinator for the Paper Sciences Department. Ruth was an avid "foodie" who enjoyed cooking and discovering unique restaurants. She was also a beloved member of "The Potluck Group" which consisted of lifelong friends. Ruth and Robert traveled often, many times for sightseeing, but also for the thrill of the hunt for another of her passions, collecting antiques. She had a wonderful collection of fine china, copper molds for baking and burl wood bowls. She was also a member of the Kalamazoo (County) Association of Retired School Personnel. On July 30, 1966 at the First United Methodist Church of Kalamazoo she married Robert Peterson who passed away in 2009. Surviving are her children, Erik (Christy) Peterson and Jon (Lisa) Peterson and step-grandson, Nick Devitis. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, in-laws and step-brother, LaVerne. According to her wishes cremation has taken place. A memorial service will be held at 2:00 P.M., Thursday, April 27, 2017 at the First United Methodist Church of Kalamazoo with Rev. Steve Charnley officiating. Contributions in memory of Ruth may be made to the First United Methodist Church of Kalamazoo or to Hospice Care of Southwest Michigan. Messages of condolence may be posted at www.WinkelFuneralHome.com.