Karen “DeeDee” Peters

Karen Delight “DeeDee” Peters passed away on February 26, 2022, after unexpected complications from kidney disease. DeeDee was born on January 15, 1950, in Long Beach, California, and was adopted as an infant by her beloved parents, Joyce and Bill Noe. As a child, DeeDee enjoyed piano lessons and became an accomplished pianist. At the age of 14, DeeDee moved with her family to San Luis Obispo, California, where her family planted roots and opened Noe’s Restaurant on Higuera Street.

DeeDee attended Cuesta College in San Luis Obispo before moving to Pasadena, California, where she worked for Crocker Bank. In her early 20s, she moved to Houston, Texas, where she started a career in the hospitality industry at Adam’s Mark Hotel as a housekeeper. She returned to her hometown where she managed the San Luis Bay Inn at Avila Beach.

In 1986, DeeDee met the love of her life, Karl Thomas Peters, when they were both working at The Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles, California. They married the following year and welcomed their only child, Stevan, in 1988. In 1989, Karl and DeeDee moved to Orlando to work at the Walt Disney World Swan Hotel. The family moved to Grosse Point, Michigan, in 1991, where they worked at The Renaissance Center in Detroit. In 1996, the family moved to Vallejo, California, where Karl and DeeDee resided for the next 20 years and DeeDee had a career as a school secretary at Widenmann Elementary School until she happily retired and eventually moved with Karl to Fernley, Nevada, in 2016.

DeeDee was a lifelong lover of reading, reality tv, gardening, decorating, Siamese cats, and traveling. In her honor, Karl will be traveling with her ashes in their camp trailer to see all of her favorite places around the country.

DeeDee is survived by her husband of 35 years, Karl; son Stevan (and Melisa) Peters; sister Melinda “Mendy” (and Lance) Falkenstern; in-laws Linda Peters, Gerald (and Karen) Peters, Sylvia (and Bob) Yetter; and many nieces and nephews.

DeeDee was preceded in death by her parents Joyce and Bill Noe and Aunt Corky Barton.

A viewing was held Thursday, March 3 at The Neptune Society at 228 Vine Street in Reno, Nevada, and a Celebration of Life will be held on Sunday, March 6, at 11:00am-3:00pm at The Golf Club at Fernley at 50 Desert Lakes Drive.

In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that donations be made to The National Kidney Foundation in DeeDee’s honor (­

10 thoughts on “Karen “DeeDee” Peters

  • Marianne Giambalvo Lehr

    I worked with DeeDee at Crocker Bank in San Luis Obispo for several years and she was a Bridesmaid at my wedding in 1972. We lost touch for many years but still remained connected through Facebook. She was a true friend, so fun to be around and very loving to everyone who had the honor of her friendship. This is a real loss to all of her family and friends. Rest in eternal peace dear one.

  • Christine Hill

    I’ll bet Dee Dee was the best school secretary that school will ever have. Love to you… all that loved her. Christine Nybak Hill

  • Marianne LeMoine Phoenix

    Deepest condolences to everyone who loved and cherished Dee Dee. Dee Dee was a true and loving friend to my late sister, Mandy LeMoine Lehnert. Mendy and myself grew up together in San Luis Obispo and our big sister’s were our role models. During Mandy’s illness, Dee Dee was her cheerleader and true friend, putting her own health on the back burner. I am certain that they both have recognized each other spirits with warm smiles. May the comfort of God wrap his arms around all of you. Until we meet again dear DeeDee, Fly in peace.

  • Robert Graham

    Class of 1968: San Luis Obispo Senior High will always treasure and remember Dee Dee. She was a striking member of our class and we adopted her as one of our own. Our sadness of her passing is noted and hope for the Family and Friends will carry her legacy on. With much Love, Fellow classmate, Robert Graham.

  • Mark Steven McDermott

    I’m so sad to learn of DeeDee’s passing. She was always nice to me in school and always had a smile on her face. Rest is peace.
    Mark McDermott

  • Mark Steven Mcdermott

    I’m so sad to learn of DeeDee’s passing. She was always nice to me in school and always had a smile on her face. Rest in peace.
    Mark McDermott

  • Pamela Craig Batson

    Dee Dee was a friend from high school. I remembervher sweet smile and friendliness. She will be missed.

  • Mark J Owings

    I am just Heartbroken for you and your family. I am sorry my wife and I weren’t able to cross paths with you and Dee Dee last year because of Covid. My thoughts and prayers are with you my Brother. I’m here for you if there is anything I can do for you! God Bless you!

  • Pearl Brake

    My heart breaks for Karl & family. Y’all are in my prayers.

  • David and Kathy Earley

    Dear Karl, Stevan and Melisa our hearts are with you and we wished we could be there with you in person. DeeDee will most certainly be missed. The write up for her was wonderful and I’m sure the viewing and celebration of her life was an awesome and fitting tribute for such an impressive woman.


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