Gladys “Dolly” Maxine Peterson, 84, of Cokato, died Wednesday, May 7, 2014.
She was born March 8, 1930, in Franklin, MN, the daughter of Peder and Christina (Ouren) Pederson. Gladys was baptized as an infant in Franklin, and was later confirmed in her faith.
She received her elementary education in Franklin, and was a graduate of the Franklin High School class of 1947.
Gladys was united in marriage with Kenneth A. Peterson Oct, 24, 1953, at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Brownton. This marriage was blessed with three children, Theresa, Warren, and Susan.
Kenneth and Gladys resided in various cities in Minnesota, until they moved to Cokato in 1982. They shared 60 years of marriage, until Kenneth preceded her in death Jan. 4, 2014.
In addition to being a loving homemaker and mother, Gladys held employment as a dietary aid at Cokato Manor in Cokato.
She attended the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Cokato, and was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary.
Gladys enjoyed knitting, reading, and playing card games. Both she and Kenneth had a love for animals, and they especially enjoyed the time they spent with their children, grandchildren, and other family members.
Gladys is survived by her son, Warren Eric Peterson of Robbinsdale; daughter Dr. Susan Peterson Pagnac and her husband, Darwin of Colfax, IA; two grandchildren, Aaron M. Jacobson and Abigale Bess Peterson; Kenneth’s twin sister, Kathryn Wendlandt of Hutchinson; many nieces and nephews, other relatives and friends; and beloved pets, Molly and Callie.
In addition to her husband, Gladys was preceded in death by her parents, Peder and Christina Pederson; daughter Theresa Peterson; Kenneth’s parents, Albin and Mayme Peterson; her brothers, Arnold, Bernie, and Hank; her sisters; Olga, Marcella, Adora, and Eleanor; and Kenneth’s brother, Norman Frank Peterson.
A memorial service for both Gladys and her husband, Kenneth took place Saturday, May 10 at 2 p.m. at the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Cokato. Interment was prior to the service, at 11 a.m., in the Oak Grove Cemetery in Brownton. Military honors for Kenneth were provided by the Brownton Rifle Squad.
There was a gathering of family and friends at the church Saturday, from 12:30 to 2 p.m.
Arrangements were handled by the Dobratz-Hantge Chapel in Hutchinson. Online guest book is available at www.hantge.com; click on Obituaries/Death Notices.
The obituary for Kenneth Peterson was published in the Enteprise Dispatch Jan. 13, 2014, and can be found online at heraldjournal.com.