Laura M. Peterson, 79, Wahpeton, ND, died December 5, 2007 at Innovis Hospital, Fargo, ND.
Laura Margaret Gartner was born September 6, 1928 in Hebron, ND, the daughter of George and Barbara (Loren) Gartner. She grew up and attended school in the Hebron area. Laura worked as a waitress in Flasher, and later worked as a waitress in Billings, MT.
On October 15, 1947, she was united in marriage to Robert H. Peterson in Flasher, ND, where Bob was a lineman for the local electric co-op. They made their home in Flasher until 1952, when they moved to Elgin, ND. In 1954 they relocated to Jeffers, MN, and from 1959 through 1964 lived in Riverdale, ND. Wahpeton, North Dakota then became their permanent residence. Robert preceded her in death on January 11, 1988 and Laura continued living in Wahpeton.
Laura was a devoted member of St. John's Catholic Church in Wahpeton, the Catholic Order of Foresters and the Wahpeton Firemen Auxiliary. She loved the outdoors and doing gardening, especially her flowers, and bird watching. She was also very artistic, which shone through in her ceramics. She was very hospitable and loved to cook and bake. She read all the time and was an "expert" on health and nutrition. Her most treasured times were spent with her family.
Survived by: Her 7 children: Geraldine (Larry) Anderson, Prior Lake, MN; Pamela (Bruce) Jacklitch, Fergus Falls, MN; James Peterson, Minneapolis, MN; Karen (Michael) Webber, Cedar Rapids, IA; Dr. William (Virginia) Peterson, Springfield, IL; Andrea Peterson, Wahpeton, ND; Lori (James) Thorson, Sugar Grove, IL; 13 grandchildren: Paulette (Greg) Anderson, Veronica (Mark) Westerman, Brian (Michelle) Anderson, Sherri (Christopher) Mehl, Kristi and Cory Jacklitch, Rebecca and Kyle Webber, Ryan and Christopher Peterson, and Angela (Mark) Mason, Robert and Curtis Thorson; Her 11 great-grandchildren; Her sisters: Elizabeth "Betty" (Larry) Mueller, Woodland, CA; Margaret (Virgil) Swift, Glen Ullin, ND; Her brothers: Thomas (Edna) Gartner, Woodland, CA; Raymond (Eva) Gartner, Green Bay, WI; George Gartner, Billings, MT
She is preceded in death by her parents: George and Barbara Gartner, Her husband: Robert Peterson, (Jan. 11, 1988), Two grandchildren: Craig Thorson and Damien Jacklitch, Her brother: Joseph Gartner, Two sisters: Marion Reinke and Regina Himmelspach
Visitation: Sunday, December 9, 2007 from 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM with a Prayer Service at 5:00 PM and a Rosary to follow at St. John's Catholic Church, Wahpeton, ND. There will also be visitation one hour prior to service at the church.
Funeral: Monday, December 10, 2007, 10:00 AM, St. John's Catholic Church, Wahpeton,
Officiating: Father Dale Lagodinski
Interment: Calvary Cemetery, Wahpeton, ND
Pallbearers: Brian Anderson, Christopher Mehl, Kristi and Cory Jacklitch, Rebecca and Kyle Webber, Christopher Peterson and Robert Thorson
Honorary Pallbearers: All of Laura's grandchildren and great-grandchildren