Geri Peterson, 68

Geri passed away in her home in Mesa, AZ, Saturday, Dec. 4, 2021, with Hans by her side.

A funeral service will take place at 11 a.m., with visitation at 10 a.m. Monday, Dec. 20 at the American Lutheran Church in Huron, SD.

Burial service will be at 11 a.m., with visitation at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 21 at Lake Jennie Covenant Church in Dassel, MN.

Geri Ann Peterson was born in Litchfield, MN, to Richard and Nathalie Coleman, Jan. 21, 1953.

Geri attended Lake Jennie Covenant Church, where she accepted Jesus as her Savior.

Geri attended Dassel Elementary School.

After her family moved to Minneapolis, she graduated from Washburn High School. She continued her education at St. Cloud State University, and graduated from the College of St Benedict in 1976, with a degree in piano performance.

Geri met Hans in a music class at SCSU and they immediately became friends. After Hans pestered her long enough, she went out with him. While dating, they discovered their parents had grown up together near Dassel.

They were married Feb. 26, 1977, in Dassel, by Pastor Pete.

They have two children, Jesse and Katy. They raised their children in Huron, SD, served in their church, and enjoyed teaching careers. God blessed them with this community.

Geri taught piano lessons, and played the organ at Lake Jennie Covenant Church, launching and serving in a career that endured for 48 years. Her later organist positions were at the American Lutheran Church in Huron, and finally serving at Brandon Lutheran Church in Brandon, SD.

In 1990, she began teaching in a Catholic elementary school and loved it. She taught music in Wolsey, SD, and finished her teaching career in the Huron school district.

She was always available to direct children’s choirs, bell choirs, student choirs, and senior choirs as needed in more than one church.

Christmas was a particularly enjoyable part of her year. The wealth of music and tradition was tailor-made for a musician. Hans would also be there to direct choir, or play whatever instrument she needed.

With Hans, they enjoyed playing in community symphony and performing for countless events.

She was preceded in death by her parents and dear uncles and aunties, Rudy, Dick, Benny, Frank, Stuart, Isabel Brodin, Les, Ethel, and Alice Coleman; cousins, Tom and David Coleman, Rodger and John Brodin, Mike Hale; and niece Kimberly Gronland.

She is survived by her children, Jesse, Katelin (Tim) Stanek; and precious grandchildren, Ave, Emelia, Stella, Isaac, Oscar, and Helen; best friend and sister, Julie (Lee) Lindquist, and sister Linda Gronland; cousins who served as caregivers and friends, Barb, Becky, Janet, and Darlene; as well as other beloved cousins, nieces, nephews, and in-laws.

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