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Friday, January 16, 2015

Donald F. Peters

Donald Francis Peters
Saratoga Springs
Donald F. Peters, 79, died suddenly January 15, 2015, at the Albany Medical Surgical Trauma Unit after a short illness. 

Residing in Saratoga Springs for the last eighteen years, Don was born and raised in New York City, the son of Phillip and Florence Peters who predeceased him. 

Don graduated from St. George Academy High School in New York City and attended Pace University. Don was in Industrial Sales and Marketing management most of his life retiring from National Electric Carbon Products in Greenville, South Carolina as an independent Sales Agent covering a large part of the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic United States.  He also worked for National Electric Coil, Mcgraw Edison and General Electric Company as manager of the GE apparatus Service shop in Allentown, PA.

Don was especially proud of his military service in the US Naval Reserve assigned to Composite Squadron four, Naval Air Station, Pomona, NJ where he detached to the USS Midway on “Her round the world cruise,”  for transfer from the Atlantic Fleet to the Pacific Fleet at the end of the Korean Conflict.  Don enjoyed traveling extensively with his wife Linnea and gardening in his yard at home.  He was also known to work passionately for causes he believed in.  This recently included publically testifying before the NYS Senate Committee in Albany on Insurance Scam Legislation Reform and to urge the passage of “Alice’s Law,” a tribute to his sister who was killed in an auto insurance scam in Queens, NY.  To sum up his life is his favorite verse from Kermit the Frog. “Sing your song in your own special way.” 

He is survived by his wife of 16 years, Linnea (Lonnblad-Zielinski).  In addition, he is also survived by his former spouse, Agnes Fallon, of Allentown, PA, and their children, Donald F. (Marlene) Peters, of Kempton, PA, Diane A. (Larry) Wiersch, of New Tripoli, PA, Stepchildren, Christopher B. Zielinski, Ted K. (Mary) Zielinski, of Saratoga Springs, NY and Wendy (Joe) Fortino, of Ballston Lake, NY, cousins; Pat (Walter) Neideberger of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, Barbara Hotchins of Farmingdale, Long Island, Bill Minch, New Hampshire, Eileen Carter, Bay Shore, Long Island, and Lynn Haffer, Fort Myers, Florida. Grandchildren, Rebecca and Laura Peters, Pittsburgh, PA, Kathryn, Brian, and Jacob Wiersch, New Tripoli, PA and Zachory and Ruthi Zielinski of Omaha, Nebraska, Alex Buswell, Saratoga Springs, NY, Krista Cherry, Queensbury, NY, Jesse, Madison, and Halleigh Fortino of Ballston Lake, NY.  Nephews Michael (Christine) Ross, Long Island, Stephen Ross, Georgia, Danny (Pat) Ross and niece,  Kathy (Bob) Burrous of NYC. 

Funeral service in honor of Donald will be held on Tuesday January 20, 2015 at 11:00 am, at Compassionate Funeral Care 402 Maple Ave. (Marion and Rte 9) Saratoga Springs, NY.  Friends and family may call from 9:00 am to 11:00 am prior to the service.

Interment with Military Honors will be at Gerald B. H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, 200 Duell Road, Schuylerville, NY.

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  1. Dear Linney, My heat goes out to you at this sad time. I know how much you loved Don and how much He loved you. I love you Sis and will pray for you to have the strength to get through the next few days. Patty and Paul

  2. Dear Linnea,

    I'm so sorry to hear that your husband passed away. I think of you often and will send prayers and support in the coming days. Love, Pam Harder

  3. Linnea,- Rose and I were shocked and sadden to hear of Don's passing. Don and I knew each other for over 25 years and we never had a bad word. I was glad that I got to talk to him during his recent ordeal& found that he still had his sense of humor ending our talks with a funny story, typical Don. He will be sorely missed. Rest in peace big guy. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Frank & Rose

  4. Linnea,

    Don and I worked together for many years at National. He was a class guy all the way. He was extremely conscientious about his job and had a great sense of humor. I enjoyed his company very much and I'm so sorry to hear about his passing.I know he was a man with a strong Catholic faith and I know he is now in a good place.

    God bless you.
    Bob Tracy