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Gladys B. Peterson, 85

Gladys B. Peterson, age 85, of Cokato, passed away Tuesday, May 10, 2016, at the Cokato Manor.

There will be a memorial service Monday, May 16 at 11 a.m. at Evangelical Lutheran Church of Cokato. Interment will be at Stockholm Lutheran Cemetery in rural Cokato.

Visitation was Sunday, May 15 from 4 to 8 p.m. at Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home in Cokato.

The Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home of Cokato and Howard Lake is handling the arrangements; www.swansonpeterson.com.

Gladys was born Jan. 28, 1931, on the family farm in Middleville Township, Wright County, to Fred and Alvina (Reek) Buttenhoff.

She grew up on the farm, one of 11 children, and graduated from Howard Lake High School in 1949.

In 1951, Gladys married Donald Peterson at St. James Lutheran Church of Howard Lake. The couple made their home in Cokato, where they raised their family.

Gladys worked from 1968-1991 at Dura Supreme.

She enjoyed entertaining and having coffee with her friends and neighbors. Gladys was a very giving person and volunteered often in the community at: the Red Cross bloodmobile, Cokato Charitable Trust, and Meals On Wheels.

She was very active in her church, Evangelical Lutheran of Cokato, and gave her time to WELCA, the altar guild, quilting and wherever she could be of service.

Gladys is survived by her children: Connie (Joey) Berg of Howard Lake, Mike (Theresa) of Montrose, Carla (Robert) Chesley of Mankato, and Carol (Bruce) Jones of Mankato; grandchildren Jami (Sarah) Berg, Cari (Joe) Backes, Candice (Brendan) Dolan, Christopher (Amy) Peterson, Natasha Peterson, Paula Chesley, Lisa Chesley, Brian Chesley, Mariah Chesley, Hannah Jones, Evan Jones, and Sophia Jones; and nine great-grandchildren.

She is further survived by brothers and sisters Leonard (Jeanette) Buttenhoff, Lorraine Fiet, Raymond (Ramona) Buttenhoff, Otto (Virginia) Buttenhoff, Lucille Kraemer, and Garland (Ruth) Buttenhoff.

Gladys was preceded in death by her husband, Donald; parents Fred and Alvina Buttenhoff; and brothers and sisters Ardis Buttenhoff, Edna Beauregard, Lila Chapman, and Melvin Buttenhoff.

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