Lynda Lou Peterson, age 82, of Dassel, passed away Monday, April 1, 2019, at Abbott Northwestern Hospital.
Her funeral service will be Friday, April 5 at 4 p.m. at Gethsemane Lutheran Church of Dassel. Interment will be at Evangelical Lutheran Cemetery of Cokato.
There will be visitation Thursday from 5 to 8 p.m. at the church, continuing Friday one hour prior to the service.
Arrangements are with the Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home in Cokato; www.swansonpeterson.com.
Lynda was born March 27, 1937, in Duluth, to Eric and Esther (Landgren) Hedbom. She grew up in Grand Rapids, and graduated from high school there in 1955.
She received a scholarship to attend Gustavus Adolphus, and graduated with a bachelor of arts degree in social work in 1959.
While in college, Lynda met the love of her life, John Peterson. They would have been married 60 years June 21, 2019.
The couple moved to Rock Island, IL, where John attended Augustana Lutheran Seminary. Following seminary, they served in Michigan, Texas, Minneapolis, Cokato, and finally, Dassel.
Lynda was a social worker for the Chicago Police Department, Lester Prairie and Silver Lake schools, and St. Mary’s Care Center in Winsted.
She was a very effective minister’s wife, helping John serve in the church. Lynda was a church organist, choir and bell choir director, and led many Bible studies.
Next to her Lord and Savior Jesus, family was the most important to Lynda.
Her grandchildren were indeed a priority. She will be remembered for special trips up north, theater outings, numerous boat rides, and the list goes on of many fun happenings.
No matter the weather, she showed up as a cheerleader for the grandkids at sporting events and performances. Holidays and birthdays were always top notch.
Lynda is survived by her husband, the Rev. John Peterson of Dassel; a son, Jerome (Kathy) Peterson of Minneapolis; daughters Juli (Matt Wanat) Peterson of Wauwatosa, WI, and Joy (Gary) Marschel of Buffalo; and grandchildren Zandra Floeder, Zachary Floeder, Oscar Floeder, Brianna (Austin Brown) Marschel, Christian Marschel, Charlie Peterson and Angelyn Peterson.
She will be missed my many loved ones, special friends, and her dog, Muffy.
Lynda was preceded in death by her parents, Eric and Esther Hedbom; and uncle Oscar Landgren.