Violet Irene Peterson, age 98, of Cokato, passed away Wednesday, May 8, 2019, at the Cokato Manor.
She was born Oct. 24, 1920, in Cokato, to John and Gerda (Larsson) Martinson, the third youngest of seven siblings.
Violet grew up on a small farm just outside of town, and had a milk delivery route that she made every morning before school with her sister, Mardel.
She was baptized and confirmed at Elim Mission Church of Cokato, and graduated from Cokato High School in 1939.
Following graduation, Violet attended the Minnesota School of Business in Minneapolis, and worked as a dental assistant.
She and Mardel lived near Powderhorn Park in south Minneapolis for several years.
Violet first dated George Peterson in 1938. Ten years (and a World War) later, they married, June 26, 1948.
The couple made their home in Cokato, where they lived above the funeral home where George worked. They adopted two children, Mark Gregory and Elizabeth Ann.
Violet was very active in Elim Mission Church, where she taught Sunday school, sang in the choir, served as the secretary of Sunday school, was active in both the Dorcas and Ladies Aid societies, and was church custodian for several years.
Violet helped George with the furniture store and funeral home. Her responsibilities ranged from bookkeeping to washing cars to delivering flowers. After Mark and Elizabeth started school, Violet also worked summers in the canning cars at Northland Canning Company.
She then worked at the Cokato Nursing Home for many years as a nurse’s aide, a job she particularly enjoyed.
Violet was involved in the community of Cokato, and was an election judge for much of her adult life. She was also a den mother for the Cub Scouts, and for many years, was active in Hobby Club.
Violet was a good cook, an excellent baker, and she loved to entertain. She favored Sunday evenings after church for coffee and a fine dessert she had baked that afternoon. But she also enjoyed large family gatherings and especially, holiday dinners.
In addition to entertaining, Violet loved to socialize. In her latter years, in particular, she frequented The Marketplace (sometimes up to three times a day) to walk around, have coffee, and chat.
Sundays were for the pizza place on Broadway, where they treated her like a queen. She talked with everybody and especially loved when someone came up and greeted her by name. Violet never turned down an invitation to go out for coffee.
She is survived by her children; Mark (Marilyn) Peterson of Cokato, and Elizabeth (Hal Davis) Peterson of Minneapolis; grandchildren Greg (Amber) Peterson of Cokato, and Brooke (Karl) Nohner of Sauk Rapids; great-grandchildren Quinn, Keaton, and Ryan Peterson of Cokato, and Barrett and Julia Violet Nohner of Sauk Rapids; and many other relatives and friends.
Violet was preceded in death by her parents, John and Gerda Martinson; her husband, George E. Peterson; siblings Astrid, Gladys, Evelyn, Arnold, Mardel, and Glorene; and several close friends.
Her funeral service was Monday, May 13 at 2 p.m. at Elim Mission Church of Cokato. Interment was in Cokato City Cemetery.
There was visitation Sunday, May 12 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home of Cokato.
Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Cokato and Howard Lake, handled the arrangements; swansonpeterson.com.