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Agnes Peterson

Agnes Mary Vincentia Peterson, age 104, of Rochester, formerly of Dassel and Cokato, died Tuesday, July 10, 2007 in Rochester.

She was born Jan. 21, 1903 in Morganville, Kans., the third child of John Algott and Clara Holmén. The family moved to Essex, Iowa when Agnes was a small child, where her father served as pastor at St. John’s Lutheran Church.

Agnes attended Augustana College in Rock Island, Ill., and graduated with a teaching degree in 1925. Her first teaching job was in Andover, Ill., where she taught a number of subjects, including high school English and physiology. There she met her future husband, Carl E. T. Peterson, the school principal. They were married Aug. 22, 1928 in Essex. She and Carl raised three children, Julie, Ruthie, and David

During their married lives, Agnes and Carl served Lutheran congregations in Swedona and Sherarrd, Illinois, and New London, Spicer, Two Harbors, Parkers Prairie, the Esther Church, Stockholm (rural Cokato), Eveleth, and Trimont, Minnesota. Agnes served as choir director, Sunday school teacher, superintendent, and PTA president.

In retirement, Agnes became interested in regional landscape painting and won awards for her oil paintings. She enjoyed bus tours with friends across the US.

In her 80s and 90s, Agnes volunteered for social services and helped other senior citizens in their homes. She advocated for seniors’ rights to have more choices in living arrangements and enjoyed following politics on CSPAN. She also enjoyed sewing for herself and her family, and playing the piano.

A memorial service took place Saturday, July 14 at 1:30 p.m. at Stockholm Lutheran Church, rural Cokato.

Arrangements were with the Johnson Funeral Home in Dassel.

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