Verna Florence Peterson, age 92, of Cokato, died Monday, Sept. 7, 2015, at Heritage Place in Cokato, surrounded by her loving family singing her home to Jesus, as they shared with her the promises of the victory of faith in the hymns and scriptures she dearly loved.
Verna was born April 1, 1923, on her family’s home place by Dutch Lake, south of Howard Lake, to Karl “Charley” Ernst Albert and Anna Bertha (Birkholz) Lutter. She was baptized and confirmed in the St. James Lutheran Church in Howard Lake.
Verna grew up on the Lutter farm, northwest of Howard Lake, and attended St. James Lutheran school to eighth grade. She received her GED as an adult.
Verna was married July 22, 1947, to J. Homer Peterson at the St. James Lutheran Church. The couple resided in Cokato, where she and Homer were active members of Evangelical Lutheran Church.
A homemaker of the first order, Verna enjoyed cooking baking, sewing, crocheting, knitting, gardening, and fishing. She often shared the fruits of her labors with those near and far. In later years, she and Homer wove more than 5,000 hand-crafted rag rugs on several looms, under the name “Dad’s Rugs.”
Verna is survived by sons, Hans (Geri) of Sioux Falls, SD, Winston (Joanne) of Plymouth, and Jason of New Hope; son-in-law Eugene Mackedanz (special friend Cindi Peterson) of Garrison; grandchildren Ehren Mackedanz, Nikkolaus Mackedanz, Christine (Jesse) Neely, Jesse Peterson, Katelyn Stanek (Tim), Serena Carlson (Josh), Rae Wielgus (Josh), Kari Peterson (special friend Jordan Slominski), Matthew Peterson and Luke Peterson (Stephi); great-grandchildren Ave, Emmy, Stella, Isaac, Asher and Morgan; sister-in-law Lyla Lutter, sister-in-law Marian Peterson; nieces; nephews; and many friends.
In addition to her husband, Homer, Verna was preceded in death by her parents, Charley and Bertha; her daughter, BeBe Mackedanz; her sister, Luaine Lundeen and her husband Bob; and her two brothers, Orville Lutter and his wife Evelyn, and Arvid Lutter; her sister-in-law, Melba Anderson and her husband Verner; and her brother-in-law, Ralph W. Peterson.
Verna’s great joy and passion was to raise her family to love God, and to be a good neighbor and friend. Her life was woven inextricably into the fabric of the Cokato community. Verna loved her Lutheran upbringing and took it to heart by memorizing scriptures and hymns. This served her well later in life as her sight began to fail. She particularly enjoyed Bible study and was a faithful prayer warrior throughout her life.
To her family, Verna was a storyteller and family historian in the oral tradition. She loved a good coffee party and celebrations of all kinds. She was proud of her Prussian ancestry, loved music, and gave of herself in ways that enabled her children to receive good musical training.
Verna experienced the glorious welcome into heaven promised to those who trust in Jesus. She knew deep in her heart that every promise of the Lord her God is true. “Not a single one has failed.” (Joshua 23:14). As God blessed her in this life with the riches of faith and family, He now blesses her with the indescribable treasure of everlasting life in His glorious presence. She looked forward to being gathered to the Lord and the saints and her relatives and friends who have gone on before.
Private services took place Saturday, Sept. 12 at the home of her son in Plymouth. She was interred by her grandchildren at the Cokato Lutheran Cemetery, next to her husband, Homer.
Arrangements were handled by Swanson Peterson Funeral Home in Cokato.