Gilbert Peterchuck, CRNA
Submitted by Loren Spitzer, CRNA, MSNA
Gilbert (Gil) N. Peterchuck passed away peacefully on Saturday, July 20, 2013. He fought a valiant battle against cancer, using all the offerings of modern medicine along with strong doses of his great humor and never-ending optimism.
Gil Peterchuck was born on April 16, 1940. He was a Cleveland, Ohio, native. After high school, he graduated from the Alexian Brother Hospitals Schools
of Nursing. His career path eventually led him to the field of nurse anesthesia
where he had a successful and storied employment life as a Certified Registered
Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA).
He proudly served in the U.S. Navy as a CRNA with many anecdotes of his time in
Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. He spent the majority of his career in Kearney, Neb.,
where he and his wife, Kay, raised their children, Lisa Peterchuck, Sara
Peterchuck, Fike and Doug Peterchuck.
Following a 16-year busy career there, he elected to move to Lincolnton, N.C.,
to enjoy a less hectic work schedule and a warmer environment. Gil spent the
next 10 years in Lincolnton until his retirement in 1999. Gil was truly an icon
at Lincoln Hospital. Not only was he an exemplary CRNA, but he was also known
for his commitment to church, his family and the community.
Gil and Kay moved to St. Mary's in October 1999 to enjoy a well-deserved
retirement. He was extremely active in the community of Osprey Cove, and was
known and loved by all. He thoroughly enjoyed his time there.
He then moved to Elkhorn, Neb., with his wife to be closer to his grandchildren.
Along with Kay's untimely death and the cold weather of Nebraska, Gil returned
to Osprey Cove to be with friends and enjoy his last few years of health. He
again moved back to Nebraska in 2011, to reside close to family until his
passing on July 20, 2013.
For those who knew him, he will always be remembered for his quick and witty
sense of humor, devotion to his family and church and his ability to never meet
a person he did not like. He will remain in our hearts always as an awesome
This memoriam appeared in the Tribune-Georgian on August 28, 2013.