Joseph J. Peterson, Jr.
Joseph J. Peterson, Jr.

October 24, 1923 - October 29, 2018
Born in Chicago, Illinois
Resided in Hamilton, New Jersey


Joseph J. Peterson, Jr., 95, of Hamilton, NJ, passed away on Monday, October 29, 2018, at Compassionate Care Hospice at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in Hamilton, NJ.

Born in Chicago, IL, Mr. Peterson moved to NJ in 1929 and was a resident of Hamilton Square since 1953. Joseph attended St. Anthony’s Grammar School in Trenton, St. Joseph’s Preparatory School in Princeton, NJ, and was a graduate of Columbia University and Seton Hall University, graduating in 1947 with high honors. He was an honorably discharged US Navy veteran.

Mr. Peterson taught in the Trenton Public School System, retiring in 1989 from Trenton Central High School, where he was dedicated to the school and all of his students. He was a humble, caring, loving, forgiving and religious man. He was a parishioner of St. Gregory the Great RC Church since the day of breaking ground in 1953.

Predeceased by his parents, Joseph, Sr. and Margaret (Cantwell) Peterson; his wife of 53 years, Claire M. (Keegan) Peterson; his sister and brother-in-law, Margaret and George Murphy; and his sister-in-law, Maryann Peterson; he is survived by his children, David, Eileen and Francis Peterson; his granddaughter, whom he loved, Amanda Peterson; his loving brother, Vincent Peterson of Colorado; his nieces and nephews, the Callahan’s, Murphy’s and Peterson’s, especially his caring niece, Maureen Konczos and her husband, Tony, who lovingly cared for him; his many grand-nieces and grand-nephews, who he enjoyed being with; and his many friends in the Vincentian Community.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, November 3, 2018, at 11:00 a.m. at St. Gregory the Great RC Church, 4620 Nottingham Way, Hamilton Square, NJ 08690.

Interment will follow at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Hamilton, NJ.

Visitation for friends and family will be held on Friday, November 2, 2018, from 6:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. at the Saul Colonial Home. 3795 Nottingham Way, Hamilton Square, NJ.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Mr. Peterson’s memory to Compassionate Care Hospice at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in Hamilton by visiting In Memory Of at



Saul Colonial Home
545 Eggert Crossing Road
Ewing, NJ US 08638
November 2, 2018
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Mass of Christian Burial
St. Gregory the Great Roman Catholic Church
4620 Nottingham Way
Hamilton Square, NJ US 08690
November 3, 2018
11:00 AM
St. Mary's Cemetery
1200 Cedar Lane
Hamilton, NJ US 08610
November 3, 2018
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