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Edward William Peter, Jr.

Peter Edward 2Edward William Peter, Jr., of Bedford, Virginia, born November 11, 1929 passed away October 21, 2018 just 3 weeks shy of being 89 years old. While in elementary school one of his teachers gave him the nickname Pete, later in life he was known as Ed. Pete was born in Jamaica Queens, the son of Edward William Peter, Sr and Florence Johanntges Peter. Pete graduated from Hempstead High School (1947), shortly thereafter he married the love of his life, Betty Lou Anketell and they had five daughters. He affectionately called them “Pete’s Harem”. Pete and Betty first lived in Carle Place on Long Island. Then they bought a house in a neighborhood in Hicksville that had sidewalks so Mikki would have a safe place to learn to walk. He spent endless hours helping her figure out how to do all she could do. Pete was loving and self-sacrificing towards all. Pete was a hard working entrepreneur who started his own business named Gary Insulation. He was a resourceful handyman who could find an inventive way to fix the most unusual problems. Pete’s dry, silly sense of humor was known by all. We think he was the originator of “dad jokes.” Some of our favorite quips are: I hope this rain keeps up (so it doesn’t come down); when sending a letter, he would write us a few lines (=); he would say his musical achievements were playing the radio and the sacks (lunch bags!). Pete’s pleasures were simple and down to earth. Throughout his years he enjoyed: bowling, hunting, camping, swimming – in the backyard pool, in the ocean, and in the Hudson River – snowmobiling, playing pool, canasta, and Rummikub. After traveling the world, Ed made his home in Virginia to be near his daughters and their families. In his later years, as he always planned, he moved into the Elks Retirement Home. Ed was a very friendly and social man. He enjoyed living at the Elks Home playing bingo, his daily games of Rummikub, making jokes, and being a friend to all, especially his sweetheart Frankie. Ed is survived by his daughters, Margo Hand, Michelle Pershinsky, Jacalyn (Russell) Mahler, Amanda Erhart, Jessica (Charles) Lein; grandchildren Scott (Gerry), Vanessa (Burton), Chantal, Jason (Moe), Jahna, Lauren, Sunshine (Nick), Eric (Desiree), Spencer, and Jillian (Abi); great-grandchildren Asa, Indigo, and Daisy; nieces and nephews in California; and dear friend Frankie Latimer. He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Robert Peter; son in law Bob Hand; grandsons, Ryan Lein and Richard Erhart. Ed was dearly loved and will be greatly missed. We look forward to the fulfillment of God’s promise to resurrect our loved ones to life on a paradise earth. (John 5:28, 29) Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, VA 24523.

Scheduled Services

John Francis Finnegan, Jr., died Sunday, May 12, 2019. A Mass of Resurrection will be celebrated at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, May 25, 2019 at Resurrection Catholic Church, 15353 Moneta Rd, Moneta, VA. A visitation will be held one hour prior beginning at 1:00 p.m. A reception will follow at Bethlehem United Methodist Church, 13586 Old Moneta Rd, Moneta, VA.

Charles Benjamin Russell, 95, of Bedford, died Wednesday, April 17, 2019. A memorial service will be held 5:00 - 8:00 p.m., Saturday, June 1, 2019 at the Bower Center, 305 N Bridge St, Bedford, VA 24523.

Gary Gile, 69, of Bedford, died Monday, May 20, 2019. Arrangements pending.