Regina was born June 4, 1937 in Munising, MI to Mary and John Peterson. She died on September 2, 2021 at 1040 am in Petoskey at McLaren hospital after a long, complicated illness surrounded by her children. She grew up in Grand Marais, MI and graduated as Valedictorian of her class in 1955. She then attended Mercy Central School of Nursing in Bay City, MI. She graduated in 1957 as a Registered Nurse. She worked at Mercy Hospital in Bay City, MI. where she met her first husband, Ronald Savage. They were together from 1959 to 1970. They had 5 children. She then married the love of her life, Victor Hughey in 1977. Victor had 7 children and they then had one child together, making her the mother of 13 children. She also worked at the hospital in Bad Axe, MI, the Tuscola County Medical Care Facility in Caro, MI and the Caro State Hospital in Wahjamega, MI. She retired in 1994 and moved back to her childhood home in Grand Marais, MI. She loved watching the hummingbirds that would come up to her feeder.
Regina was preceded in death by her husband, Victor Hughey and children Dale (Ardi) Hughey and Darwin (Gail) Hughey. She was the 8th of ten children. She was preceded in death by her brothers, Frances (Dud) Peterson, William (Bill) Peterson, Lawrence (Larry) Peterson, and a sister, Marilyn Johnson. She is survived by 5 sisters, Iva Rubenstein, Dorothy Morrison, Theresa Swain, Janet Peacock, and Janice Moss.
She is survived by her children; Charlene (Thomas) Swift, Dorothy Kerkau, Dave (Jenn) Savage, Jeffrey (Aun) Savage, Patrick (Lori) Savage, and Kevin Hughey and her step children; Lonnie (Sue) Dowd, Darrell (Barb) Hughey, Dean (Cheryl) Hughey, Dennis (Ginger) Hughey, and Deanne (Scott) Morin. She is also survived by 29 grandchildren and at least 21 great grandchildren and 4 great great grandchildren.
Visitaion will be on Wednesday, September 8, 2021 at the Holy Rosary Church in Grand Marais from 2:00 until 3:00 p.m. Fr. Jeff Johnson will celebrate Regina’s Funeral Mass at 3:00 p.m. Interment will follow at Holy Rosary Cemetery in Grand Marais. Donations can be sent to Charlene Swift at 1247 Garfield Rd S., Traverse City, MI 49696.
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