June M. Peterson of Depew, an employee of the Girl Scout Council of Buffalo & Erie County, died Monday in Sisters Hospital after a lengthy illness. She was 63.
Born June Gross in Buffalo, she attended Kensington High School. A 44-year member of the Girl Scout Council, whenever recalling her early days she was the first to say that women of a certain age weren't old, they were "seasoned."
Mrs. Peterson began working for the council in 1989 as a sales associate in its newly created Council Shop; she was its manager at the time of her death. She was Employee of the Year in 2002.
Last year, she was awarded the council's Thanks II Badge -- the highest national Girl Scout award. It recognizes an adult member who has been a recipient of the Thanks Badge and continues to contribute to Scouting in extraordinary ways.
Mrs. Peterson enjoyed home decorating, cooking and entertaining. She was a member of WELCA (Women of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America) and the Red Hatters Club.
Survivors include her husband, Donald C. Sr. of Depew; a son, Donald C. Jr. of Elma; three daughters, Lynn Czajka of Alden, Denise Myers of Cheektowaga and Barbara of Amherst; three sisters, Janet McCourt of Depew and Emma McCooey and Erma Farren, both of Buffalo; a brother, William Gross of Las Vegas; and six grandchildren.
Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday in Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 2311 George Urban Blvd., Depew.