Glenna Jean (Ash) Peterson, 62, of Vintondale, PA passed away on Thursday, December 20, 2012 at Canterbury Place Hospice, Pittsburgh, PA. A daughter of William O. and Mabel L. (Albright) Ash, she was born January 19, 1950 in Luciusboro, PA.


She was a union official for AFSCME, a civil activist and a lover of the outdoors.


She was a psychiatric nurse at Torrance State Hospital for 25 years, retiring in 2008.


Surviving are a son Donald E. Muir of Coal Twp.; a daughter, Stacy L. Freeman (fiancé, Charles Pistella) of Pittsburgh; a stepdaughter, Sherri L. McClure of Blairsville; two grandchildren, Olandis Freeman and Brooke Pistella; four sisters, Alice Zemba (John) of Black Lick; Rita Zimmerman (Dane) of Harrisburg; Sally DeArmitt (Rodney) of Brush Valley and Susan Ash-Miller (Rick) of Blairsville; two brothers, Tom Ash (Staci) of Brush Valley and Timothy Ash (Judy) of Blairsville and several nieces and nephews.


She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Ronald Zimmerman in 2011; a niece, Jennifer Miller in 2011; a brother, William Ash in 2004 and a great niece, Olivia Miller in 1996.


The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 P.M. Saturday at the Shoemaker Funeral Home, Inc., 49 N. Walnut Street, Blairsville, PA.


Services and interment are private and will be held at the convenience of the family.


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