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Norma Peterson

Norma Peterson, age 81, of Huron, died Wednesday, February 7, 2007, at the Violet Tschetter Memorial Home. Her funeral service was 2 PM Saturday at the First United Methodist Church with Rev. Richard Rinearson officiating. Burial was in the Restlawn Memory Gardens Cemetery.

Norma Winter was born May 19, 1925, in Hand County, south of Wessington, South Dakota to Gustav and Lydia (Leischner) Winter. She was baptized as a child in the New Zion Congregational Church and confirmed in the Alpena Bethlehem Church. When she was almost three years old, her family moved one mile south of Alpena. There her parents built a new home, but her mother had heart problems and died of a heart attack when Norma was 3 1/2 years old. Her father and two older sisters, Elsa and Malinda and her brother Curt took care of her. Her father remarried Rose Lehr who was a loving and caring mother until she passed away when Norma was a junior in high school. Norma kept house for her father and brother and went to school. She graduated from Alpena High School in 1943 after participating in music and plays. She attended Huron College for one year, earned a teaching certificate and taught rural school for two years in Grant Township in Beadle County.

When her "true love" Chester H. Peterson was discharged from the Army in 1946, they were married June 29, 1947. They made their home 6 1/2 miles northwest of Alpena. She became a member of the Alpena Methodist Church where she taught Sunday school and sang in the choir. She was also a member of the American Legion Auxiliary and Carlyle Extension Club.

She and her husband were blessed with five daughters, Bonita Kaye, Nancy Louise, Carol Ann, Peggy Lee and Patricia Lynne. She was a homemaker and worked side by side with her husband farming and helping in the Farm Service Hatchery four months of the year.

When her youngest daughter started school she began working away from home. She worked at Tempo until it was destroyed by fire and then at the Red Owl Grocery for several months before working at Lewis Drug. She worked at Lewis Drug for nine years as a department head and buyer for several departments. She and her husband, Chester, enjoyed camping and fishing. After 33 years of marriage, he passed away in 1980.

She moved to a home one mile south of Huron where she enjoyed landscaping, and planting new trees, flowers and a garden. She loved baby-sitting her grandchildren and cooking and baking for them. She transferred her church membership to First United Methodist Church in Huron and joined U.M.W. and several circles.

On March 31, 1984, she married her brother-in-law, Kenneth B. Peterson and gained two more daughters and sons-in-law, Darlys and Jerry Baum and Karen and Martin Christopherson and their families.

She and Kenneth enjoyed traveling. They went to the West and East Coasts and Florida several times, to Denmark to visit Ken's relatives and to Alaska on a 21-day tour. She joined the Wolsey Lions Club and she and her husband enjoyed selling and delivering pizza, their main fund raiser. They enjoyed Lion's conventions and meeting old friends there. They always enjoyed playing cards, camping and fishing, and attending their grandchildren's music and sports events.

In 2004, they moved to a town house at 851 Canary Lane in Huron. There they enjoyed their great-grandchildren's music and sports activities.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her first husband, Chester H. Peterson; her grandson, Todd Wagner; a sister, Malinda Bard; a nephew, Ricky Bard; five brothers-in-law, Gerhardt Siefken, Dave Bard, Merrill Peterson, Paul Tebay and Kenneth Huether; and a sister-in-law, Joan Peterson.

She is survived by her husband, Kenneth B. Peterson of Huron; seven daughters and sons-in-law, Bonita (Ron) Hein of Inver Grove Heights, Minnesota, Nancy (Dennis) Wagner of Huron, Carol (Jim) Curreri of Farmington, Minnesota, Peggy (Gaylan) Losing of Alpena, Patricia (Wally) Weatherford of Armour, Darlys (Jerry) Baum of Burlington, Iowa, and Karen (Martin) Christopherson of Wessington Springs; 16 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; one brother, Curtis (Ida) Winter of Huron; one sister, Elsa Siefken of Woonsocket; and many nieces and nephews.