Mildred Louise Peterson, age 86, of Delano, formerly of St. James, died Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2012, at Ridgeview Medical Center in Waconia.
She was born at home March 1, 1926, in Alexandria, IN, the daughter of Mary and Roy Hotchkiss.
Mildred attended grade school at Alexandria, and moved with her family to St. James, MN the fall of 1936. She finished grade school at St. Paul’s Lutheran School and attended St. James High School.
She was baptized at her home in Alexandria, IN, and confirmed at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in St. James.
Mildred married Harold Peterson Nov. 17, 1946, at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in St. James. After their marriage, the couple lived and farmed in Nelson Township, MN.
For 22 years, Mildred worked at several places of business in St. James.
An active member of West Sveadahl Lutheran Church, Mildred served in the church choir and taught Sunday school.
She enjoyed being with family and friends, flowers, gardening, and fishing.
Mildred is survived by her daughters, Virgene Stauffer of Sleepy Eye, and Renelle (Mark) Biggar of Delano; grandchildren Brent (Nancy) Stauffer, Nathan (Jessica) Biggar, Stacy (Nathan) Doering, and Travis (Mandy) Biggar; great-grandchildren Cameron and Max Biggar, Ethan, and Colby Doering, and Talan and Grayson Biggar; a sister, Elnora (Elmo) Lien of Comfrey; as well as many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Harold Peterson; an infant daughter, Bonnie Jean Peterson; son-in-law Tom Stauffer; parents Roy and Mary (Loeschen) Hotchkiss; and sister-in-law and brother-in-law Janice and Ned Newberg.
Funeral services took place Saturday, Sept. 29 at 11 a.m. at Mt. Olive Lutheran Church in Delano. Interment was at the West Sveadahl cemetery in Sveadahl, MN.
Visitation was Friday, Sept. 28 from 4 to 8 p.m. at the church, and continued Saturday from 10 to 11 a.m.
Arrangements were by the Iten Funeral Home in Delano.