Caroljean Peters

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Caroljean Natalie Zwetschke Peters, 91, of Belleville, IL, born March 6, 1931, in Belleville, IL, died Sunday, January 8, 2023.

A retired elementary school educator, Caroljean worked for Belleville Public School District 118 for 15 years and Wolf Branch School District 113 for 17 years as a reading specialist and diagnostician.  She was proud to have earned a master’s degree in 1984.  Caroljean’s love and understanding of children gave her pleasure throughout her lifetime.

In 1954, she started volunteering with children by creating the first summer storytelling program for over 100 children at the Belleville Public Library, under librarian Mr. Kirchgraeber. For 20 years, she presented book reviews/dramatizations as benefits for local church, civic, and school organizations.

In addition to her great love of children and the delivery of stories, Caroljean had years of volunteerism, first as an adolescent and young adult at First Presbyterian Church of Belleville, and then throughout much of her adulthood at St. Paul United Church of Christ, Belleville, IL.  Other organizations that benefitted from her commitment and talents included American Association of University Women, Call for Help, Radio Service for the Blind, and Tri Delta Sorority Alumni.

Even as she gave so much of herself to her community, her greatest loves were her family, friends, and faith.  Those in her circle were graced by her kindness, loyalty, and caring ways.  Her smile and presence were a gift to so many.

Among them where those who preceded her in death, her husband of 65 years, Arthur H. Peters, whom she married December 26, 1953, and who died February 13, 2019; and her parents, Fred H. and Florence L. Spies Zwetschke.

She is survived by her daughter, Julia P. (Glenn) Brichacek of Magnolia, DE;
two sons, Thomas A. (Marka) Peters of New Braunfels, TX, and Douglas F. Peters (Norma Chinido) of O’Fallon, IL,
Norma’s children, Jeff (Anna), Joey, Sara, and Hanna, and Norma’s grandchildren, Olivia, Myla, Judan, Christopher, and Nathan;
three grandchildren, Erin L. Peters, Kyle A. Brichacek, and Elena A. (Luis Santamaria) Brichacek;
two great-grandchildren, Sofia Brichacek and Asher Santamaria;
her brother, F. Thomas (Beverly) Zwetschke of Venice, FL;
a niece, Laura Johnson; a nephew, Bradford (Christina) Zwetschke;
great-nieces and great-nephews; and many other beloved family members, both near and far.

Memorials may be made to First United Presbyterian Church, Belleville, IL. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Visitation: Friends may visit from 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday, January 14, 2023, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL.

Funeral: Private funeral services will be held Sunday, January 15, 2023, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL, with Rev. Robert Dyer officiating.  A celebration of life will be held at a later date on Saturday, April 8, 2023.

Burial will be at Valhalla Gardens of Memory, Belleville, IL.


9 Comments on Caroljean Peters

Kimberly Cahill said : Guest Report Feb 12, 2023 at 3:42 PM

Julie, I'm so sorry to hear of the loss of your mother. I'll never forget how kind she and your dad were to me. Lifting you and your family in prayer - Kim

  • Kimberling City
  • MO
Jenni Phelps said : Guest Report Feb 05, 2023 at 1:23 PM

Doug, So sorry for the loss of your mom. Prayers for you and your family. Jenni

  • Southaven
  • Ms
Timothy Henry said : Guest Report Jan 15, 2023 at 1:03 PM

In my first year at Wolf Brank I was placed in Mrs. Peters' reading skills class because I needed a bit of help with my reading skills. Not a lot of help just some help for one year, and when I left her class after that year I was a ravenous reader. She impacted me and so many other kids making a lasting difference in our lives.

  • St. Louis
  • MO
Dianne Thomure said : Guest Report Jan 14, 2023 at 10:59 AM

I worked at St Paul’s Home and my sister JoAnn Bohnenstiehl is a friend of Doug’s. My heart felt sympathy goes out to your family. Your Mother was a beautiful kind women . I have great respect for both of your parents.

  • Millstadt
  • Illinois
Vicki Mcadams said : Guest Report Jan 13, 2023 at 9:24 AM

I am so sorry to hear of Carol passing. She was a very special lady and made me feel welcome when I joined the church in Belleville. I enjoyed both Carol and her husband Art when I attended Merry Mates. Prayers for her family and friends. I know she will be missed.

  • Palmyra
  • IL
Frank and Judy Wojcik said : Guest Report Jan 13, 2023 at 3:05 AM

Julia, Tom and Doug, We were sorry to read of the death of your dear mother. Caroljean had a beauty of character and personality that endeared her to all who came in contact with her. May each of you lean on your faith and courage to bring you through these hard days. Friends from School District 118, Frank & Judy Wojcik

  • Swansea
  • Illinois
Bob and Andrea Callaghan said : Guest Report Jan 12, 2023 at 7:15 AM

Tom, Marka, and Erin, Know that our prayers are with you during this time. We hope that you find peace in all of the wonderful memories of you Mom. Love to you all, Bob & Andrea

  • El Campo
  • Texas
Terry Lynn Schau Schuchman said : Guest Report Jan 11, 2023 at 9:52 PM

Caroljean was a dear and beloved friend and member of AAUW with me. All love, prayers, and blessings to her family. She had such a way with children and they loved her. She was a voracious reader enjoyed AAUW bookclub. She is missed.

  • Fairview Heights
  • IL
Mrs Charles (Betty) Scherrer said : Guest Report Jan 11, 2023 at 9:35 AM

Julia,Thomas, Douglas & Peters, You all have my deepest sympathy and in my thoughts and prayers RIP Caroljean God bless

  • Belleville
  • Illinois

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