Marjorie Peterson - September 19, 2009Marjorie Jean Peterson, 89, of Stromsburg, died Sept. 19, 2009 at the Midwest Covenant Home in Stromsburg.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, Sept. 22 at the Evangelical Free Church in Stromsburg with Pastor Kerry Relihan officiating. Burial was in the Swede Home Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to the family.
Marjorie was born July 9, 1920 to August and Mary (Anderson) Nelson in Polk, as the youngest of seven children. She attended Polk schools, graduating from Polk High School in 1937. After completing Normal Training, she taught country school near Polk and worked as a telephone operator in Polk.
On March 9, 1941 she married Gerald C. Holm. To this union four children were born -- Shirley, Vanita, Douglas and Beverly. They lived on the Holm family farm northwest of Stromsburg where they farmed and resided until Gerald’s death in 1967. She continued to live on the farm until she married Wallace E. Peterson on March 20, 1969.
They shared their life together in Stromsburg for 40 years.
She was a member of the Evangelical Free Church and was active in the choir, women’s ministries and the White Cross missions ministry. She also worked in the Res-Q-Shoppe and was a charter member of the Sing-A-Long group at the Midwest Covenant Home.
Music was an important part of her life. She sang at many occasions, including all three of her children’s weddings. She was a homemaker who was known for her cooking and baking abilities. She had a great sense of humor and during hard times and personal trials, this humor, plus her faith in God, were always evident. Even during her last four years of failing health she remained cheerful and never complained.
Survivors include her husband Wallace of Stromsburg; three children, Shirley J. Peterson of Marquette, Vanita K. (Richard) Burns of Mankato, Kan. and Douglas W. (Sunny) Holm of Bella Vista, Ark.; step-children, Gary (Susan) Peterson of Springville, Calif., Gloria (Ed) Packard of Lincoln, Clare (Kurt) Quandt of Stromsburg, and Mark Peterson of Lincoln; four grandchildren, 13 step-grandchildren, eight great grandchildren, seven great step-grandchildren; one brother, Dean Nelson of Brookings, Ore.; nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her first husband, Gerald C. Holm; daughter, Beverly Jean; three brothers, Howard, Lawrence (Lefty) and Sterling; and two sisters, Naomi Faust and Ruth Fjell.