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Sandra Marie Ka’aukai Peterson

Sandra Marie Ka’aukai Peterson, 83, of Campbell Hall, NY, died Monday, October 24, 2022 at Garnet Health Medical Center in Middletown, NY.

Sandra, affectionately known as Mom, Granny, Puna and Kai, was born March 5, 1939 in Waialua, Hawaii, the daughter of Mary Seabury. She was predeceased by her husband of 47 years, Joseph Peterson in 2008.

Growing up in Hawaii, the eldest daughter and cousin of a very large family, her siblings and cousins ​​fondly remember her decision with a 500-pound hand.

Mom met Dad when he was drafted into the US Army and stationed in Hawaii. They married on April 29, 1961, as they started their growing family before moving to New York in the summer of 1970. Mom was a homemaker who not only nurtured and raised her own children, but also babysits for other working mothers, effectively nurturing and raising countless other children as well as several of her own grandchildren.

Mom was a big New York Rangers, New York Mets, and Dallas Cowboys fan. When she wasn’t watching a game and scrolling for her favorite teams, you could find her watching the birds from her large picture window or facing one of her beautiful great-grandchildren.

Matriarch and cornerstone of her family, Mom exemplified faith, love and strength. Her devotion to the Blessed Mother was both beautiful and inspiring as she daily meditated on the mysteries of the Holy Rosary. She prayed for her family, friends and anyone in need and you could be sure your intentions were included whether you knew it or not. A love for her family like no other, she will be sorely missed.

She is survived by her 7 children: Richard Peterson of Campbell Hall, NY, Robert Peterson of Mililani, HI, Thomas Peterson of Campbell Hall, NY, Philip Peterson (Michelle Rosen) of Brooklyn, NY, Mary Stevens (Richard) of Middletown , NY, Katherine Peterson-Lyle (Roger Lyle) of Pulteney, NY, Jacqueline Peterson and Ariana Peterson of Houston, TX; 18 grandchildren Joshua Peterson, Cassandra Burton (Timothy), Jason Peterson, Bryan Peterson, David Peterson, Nicholas Stevens, Brittany Williams (Joseph), Katrina Bennett (Michael), Katherine King (Dakota), Christian Coons, Lauren Peterson, Victoria Peterson, Samantha Lyle, Emily Stanton, Matthew Lyle, Sarah Lyle, and Kainoa Fong-Peterson; 4 great-grandchildren Madelyn King, Owen Bennett, Benjamin Burton and Elliott Lyle; siblings Jackie (Potagee) Torres (Manny), Forrest Gregory (Nancy), Wayne Gregory (Mona), and Michael Gregory; his Aunt Cupie, Aunt Curly, Benjamin Sills and countless loving cousins, nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her grandson, Richard Curtis Stevens in 2018; parents Mary and Eugene Gregory; brother, Richard Gregory; and brother-in-law, Robert Peterson.

Visitation will be Wednesday, November 9 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. at Donovan Funeral Home, Inc, 82 South Church Street, Goshen, NY.

A Christian burial mass to celebrate her life will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, November 10, 2022 at St. John The Evangelist RC Church, 71 Murray Ave, Goshen, NY, where she has been a parishioner since 1972.

Interment will be at the Orange County Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Goshen on Monday, November 14 at 2:00 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Sandra’s name to a charity of her choice.

Arrangements in the care of Donovan Funeral Home, Inc. To leave a condolence online, please visit

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