Lorane Elsie Elizabeth Peterson, age 93, of Dassel, died Friday, July 29, 2016, at her daughter’s home.
She was born July 9, 1923, in rural Stockholm Township, Wright County, the third of five children born to Paul and Karen (Norman) Bergquist. Lorane was baptized at the Stockholm Lutheran Church, rural Cokato.
She attended school for her first six years at the Dahl School in Stockholm Township. Following the death of her father from tuberculosis, the family moved into Cokato and Lorane finished her schooling and graduated from Cokato High School.
Following high school, she attended teacher training classes in Litchfield, and served two years as a country school teacher in Winthrop, and Gibbon.
Lorane met her husband, Lowell Peterson, in the fall of 1939, and they were united in marriage Feb. 22, 1944. At that time, Lowell was in the service, so Lorane traveled to follow him as he was moved from post to post. She returned to Cokato at Christmas of 1944, to await the arrival of their twin sons, who were born in February of 1945 while Lowell was still serving in the Philippines during World War II.
Lowell returned home from the service in early 1946. He and Lorane moved to the “Old Place,” where four more children were born, before moving to the family farm on the north side of Lake Jennie in 1954.
Lorane assisted Lowell in the management of the farm and saw to the raising of their six children.
She was a member of Lake Jennie Covenant Church for 60 years, and will be remembered for her faithfulness as a piano player up until shortly before her passing. She was also involved in Ladies Aide and many other aspects of the church’s life.
Lorane enjoyed traveling with Lowell, including a memorable trip to Sweden. She was steadfast in her care of Lowell following his stroke in 2004, and, with the help of family, was able to keep him at home with her until his passing Dec. 31, 2014.
Lorane will be remembered for her hospitality. She was a great cook, and was known for her wonderful homemade pies, Swedish kringle, and egg coffee, which was always available when anyone dropped in for a visit.
She is survived by her children, Steven (Bonnie) Peterson, Lowell Jr. (Lorraine) Peterson, Arlene (David) Prieve, Wendy (Jeff) Rausch, Meribeth (Thomas) Reynolds, all of Dassel; and Nancy (Charles) Green of Spicewood, TX; daughter-in-law Marsha Peterson of Dallas, TX; 19 grandchildren; 32 great-grandchildren; and two great-great grandchildren.
Lorane is further survived by two sisters, Muriel Nelson of Litchfield, and Carol Nelson of Grove City; and a sister-in-law, Marjorie Mattson of Cokato.
In addition to her husband, Lowell, Lorane was preceded in death by a son, Michael; granddaughter Kimberly Peterson; brother Ralph; sister Vivian; and parents, Karen and Paul Bergquist.
Lorane’s funeral service took place Friday, Aug. 5 at 1 p.m. at the Lake Jennie Covenant Church in rural Dassel with the Rev. Douglas Pierce officiating. Interment of the urn will take place on a later date at the Lake Jennie Covenant Church Cemetery, rural Dassel.
There was a time to gather with the family Thursday, Aug. 4 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Lake Jennie Covenant Church; and also Friday, one hour prior to the service.
The Johnson Funeral Home in Dassel handled the funeral arrangements.