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Keep the Memory Alive Manhattan Beach , California
In memory of Peter Pekkarinen

Donations as of October 09, 2015:

$395.00 Raised Offline
$4,109.00 Raised Online
$4,504.00 Total Raised

The Pekkarinen Family's Page

Thank you for visiting our Personal Fundraising Page! Please take the time to read Pete's story below.

Peter Andrew Pekkarinen “Pete”
July 26, 1947- March 1, 2012

Peter Pekkarinen was a life long resident of Waukegan, IL. He graduated from Waukegan High School in 1965 and attended Illinois State University where he achieved a degree in Education. Later he obtained a masters degree in Administration from Roosevelt University. Peter retired from Antioch Community High School in 2003, after 33 years of service as a dedicated teacher of mathematics and drivers education. During his career at Antioch he was not only known for his teaching, but also for the several administrative positions he held. However, teaching students was his passion and what he loved best.

Outside of his career, Peter spent his life devoted to being a loving son, husband, father, father-in-law, and grandfather. He was married 41 years to his wife, Linda Pekkarinen (Jenkins). Together Peter and Linda raised two children, Andrew (Drew) and Dana. Spending time with family and friends was his favorite pastime and something he always put first in his life. Besides his family and career, he enjoyed cooking, woodworking, bird watching, helping neighbors within the community, and tending to his flower garden. Recently, he thoroughly enjoyed his role as "Papa" and spending time playing with his grandchildren and teaching them the important lessons in life.

Unfortunately, Peter was diagnosed with Prostate Cancer during the Summer of 2008. After surgery and radiation, his progress and health were looking up. It was during a routine doctor visit in early 2010 that his physician noticed he had a low red blood count. After further investigation and many tests, a CT scan in May 2010 determined that he had Pancreatic Cancer. Peter underwent another surgery to remove the pancreatic tumors. He made it through surgery wonderfully and began chemotherapy that Summer. He fought a long, hard battle for almost 2 years. In the end, the cancer metastasized to his lungs and caused major complications with his ability to breathe. On March 1, 2012, at the age of 64, Peter lost his battle against this deadly disease.

In the loss of this wonderful man, our family finds it important to help raise awareness for Pancreatic Cancer, as well as the funds that can be used for research against this deadly disease. It is our hope that someday, other families will not have to suffer the loss of a loved one to Pancreatic Cancer.

Donating through this site is simple, fast and totally secure. It is also the most efficient way to make a contribution to our fundraising efforts.

Many thanks for your support, its power to help heal is beyond measure.

Fundraising efforts:

PurpleStride Chicago 2011 ~ $1,152 with about 42 team members

PurpleStride Chicago 2012 ~$3,240 with about 60 team members

"Women of Broadway" event in Downtowm Libertyville ~ $1,773

Purple Stride Chicago 2013 ~ $3,285 with 57 team members

"Paint the Town Purple" event in Downtown Libertyville ~ $3,511

Purple Stride Chicago 2014 ~ $1,945 with 32 team members

 Total for events = $14,906 !!!!


Comment Donation
Leo Sosa
Scott Nowak What you are doing is amazing, keep it up the great work!
Tom & Robin Kessell We have fond memories of working with Pete.
Sharon Spinos Keep up the good fight! Love to you and your family for a great cause.
barb ignatowicz To support Pete's memory and all your hard work for pancreatic cancer.
Anonymous Monies raise during the "Paint the Town Purple" fundraiser in November of 2013.
Dana Pekkarinen This money was raised at the Paint the Town Purple event in downtown Libertyville.
Mike and Kristan Kolar Keep up the fight!
Thomas & Dorothy Jenkins
Scott and Laurie McMillion In memory of Peter Pekkarinen
Beth Chansler
Christy and Cal Coolidge
Kathy Matheson Thinking of you
Rick and Ruth Ann Kamerad In loving memory of Pete.
Frank/Margaret Brantman In memory of Peter Pekkarinen
Kathy Halligan In honor and memory of Pete Pekkarinen
Kathy Halligan In memory of Pete Pekkarinen
Tony Miller In memory of my friend, Pete
Catherine Pekkarinen In memory of my son, Peter
Mike and Nicki Henderson In memory of Pete Pekkarinen
Erik Winkler A great Court 4 neighbor! :)
Carol Du Clos Thinking of all of you with fond memories of Pete.
Rachel and Joel Lantz Thinking of you at this difficult time...
Mike and Pat Pasiewicz In memory of Pete.
Mabel Blaha In memory of Peter Pekkarinen
Larry and Bev Gordon May God continue to give you comfort and peace.
Keith and Cheryl Cox
Danya Greenberg My thoughts and prayers are with you..
Barbara Murphy My thoughts and prayers are with all of you.
Alison Baglien
Steven & Barbara Ignatowicz To Pete's faith, determination and spirit.
SEDOL Hearing Itinerant From all of us
Jim & Pat Mulroney
Steve and Barbara Kempf In memory of Peter Pekkarinen
Terry and Ricky Moe In honor of Peter Pekkarinen
Mary Kay Winandy
Amy Winandy
Marcia Twadell
Jean Mulroney In memory of Peter Pekkarinen
David and Cheryl Ross
John and Rosemary Berquist In loving memory of Pete Pekkarinen
Christina & Charley McVea Our love & support go out to Pete's family.
Boeing Friends Pat & family our thoughts and prayers are with you
Ben and Katie Wurtz In loving memory of Uncle Peter.
harry and sally berquist Pete, you will really be missed.
Tanya Surdick Thinking of you and sending lots of love.
The Butterfield Staff In memory of Peter with love to his family.

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