Louise V. Petrasko of Centerville & Cheshire, Conn., passed away peacefully at Cape Cod Hospital on August 20, 2016. Born Louise Doane on July 21, 1923 in Milton, she was raised in Weymouth. She was married to her beloved husband Charles & lived most of her life in Cheshire, Conn. where she raised two children, vacationing frequently in Chatham with other family members at their homestead & cottage. Graduating from Weymouth public schools, Louise continued her education in a post graduate secretarial school, afterward employing her accounting skills and love of cooking as Director’s Assistant for the Cheshire School Lunch Program from which she retired in 1992.
Louise was the matriarch of the family, exhibiting superb homemaking skills from sewing to cooking & baking, leaving a legacy of special desserts for her heirs to carry on. She loved to play cards, the piano & organ, cook, garden, dance and sing. She was among those dubbed “Rosie the Riveter” for being one of the first women to work on the Corsair at Chance Vought Aircraft from 1942-43, where she met her husband Charles.
She was an active member of the First Congregational Church & Ladies Aid in Cheshire, Conn. She traveled to Hawaii, Canada, Europe & throughout New England. She was renowned for her calm and peaceful demeanor, wisdom, loving heart & beautiful singing voice, often accompanying herself on the organ.
She is predeceased by her husband Charles & sister Phyllis Doane Mckenna of Braintree & Chatham. The daughter of the late Rachel (Taylor) & Edgar Doane, Louise traces her roots to the Mayflower passage through Richard Warren, one of the first English settlers on Cape Cod.
Louise leaves to mourn her passing & celebrate her life: son, David C. Petrasko & wife Georgia (Hyannis); daughter Gail Heigel & husband Roger (Waterbury, Conn.); grandchildren; Michael Petrasko & fiancée Christine Fussel (Marstons Mills), and Tammy Davidson and husband Scott (Taunton). Louise also leaves several great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins & many extended family members whom she loved dearly & who will miss her.
The family wishes to thank to all the staff & administration who made Louise’s stay at Cape Regency of Centerville her home for the past three years. They also thank the doctors, nurses & staff at Cape Cod Hospital as well as Hope Hospice for their caring end-of-life services.
Viewing and reflection to honor Louise will be held from 10-11 AM, Saturday, September 10, 2016 at Nickerson Funeral Home, 87 Crowell Road, Chatham, 02633, followed by an interment ceremony at Seaside Cemetery in Chatham. Relatives and friends are respectively invited to attend. For on-line condolences, please visit www.nickersonfunerals.com