Hanni Otterbein Peterson

July 28, 1947 – January 12, 2015
Born in Steyr, Austria to parents Lore and Karl Otterbein. Hanni moved with her parents to Grand Forks, B.C. in 1951 later joined by her paternal Oma Katharina and Opa Jacob in 1952.

Sister Arlene Leni was born in 1952. Hanni lived in Grand Forks until leaving to attend UBC in Vancouver where she obtained her degree in education. There she met Dennis (Denny) Peterson while he was attending law school. They were married in 1969.

Hanni and Denny made their home in Vancouver where they raised their two sons, Erik and Kevin. Hanni taught in the Coquitlam School District until her retirement in 2006.

Hanni was a dedicated mother, teacher, mentor, cook and hostess. She was a consummate traveler and organizer who set up numerous European trips for groups of friends. She was an avid bridge player. Tennis was a main theme throughout her life.

She was active in the ladies city tennis league, volunteered at national events and served several terms as chair of the Arbutus Club tennis committee. Most of all, Hanni was a dedicated wife, companion, mother and dear friend. She filled the lives of all who knew her with joy and unbound experience.

She is survived by her husband Denny, sons Erik (Nikki) and Kevin of Vancouver. Also by her sister, Arlene Leni (Michael) McMillin of Nelson B.C.

A Celebration of Life will be held in Vancouver at the Arbutus Club on February 6th, 2015. For condolences, please visit www.vancouvercrematorium.com.


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