Shayla J. Peterson, age 23, of Rochester and formerly of Willmar, died unexpectedly Friday morning, August 2, from injuries received in an automobile accident near Rochester.
A celebration of life service will be at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 8, at Peterson Brothers Funeral Home in Willmar. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service.
Shayla was born on June 18, 1996 in Hutchinson, Minnesota. She is the daughter of William Michael Peterson and Esther Linda Joy Peters. She lived in Atwater and attended school there until the fifth grade. She then moved to a farm house outside of Butterfield, where she continued school at the Butterfield-Odin Public School.
Shayla will be remembered for her love and compassion towards children. She enjoyed every second with them, especially with her nieces and nephew. She had such a kind heart and bright personality that shined through to anyone that met her. Shayla was a strong person who overcame many things in life, including life-long Type 1 Diabetes.
She is survived by her father, William Peterson of Willmar; sister, Natasha Peterson of Willmar; brother, Nathan Johanneck of Glencoe; nieces and nephew, Haylee, Addison, Kyson and Brooklyn; grandparents, Donald and Pamela Schultz; great-grandparents, Kermit Peterson and Merliene Schultz; aunts and uncles, David Wilmes, Jenny and Roger Fuglsang, Alysia and Randy Alderman, Sarah and Kenny Rue, Shane Peterson, Rachel Peters Goldsby, Michael Peters, Isaac Peters, and many more family and friends.
She was preceded in death by her mother, Esther Peters; brother, Christopher Peterson; great-grandparents, Virginia Peterson and Donald Schultz; and an aunt, Jenny Wilmes.
Shayla is deeply loved and will be missed by many.