Margaret J. Peterson

Margaret J. Peterson

  • Funeral Date: 10/02/16
  • Funeral Time: 3:30 PM
  • Date of Birth: 6/02/27
  • Date of Death: 9/28/16
  • Funeral Location: St Peter's Lutheran Church

Margaret J. Peterson, age 89, of Northfield, passed away Wednesday, September 28, 2016 at Three Links Care Center.

Margaret was born June 2, 1927 in Northfield the daughter of George and Elizabeth (Magee) Vandenheuvel. She was raised in Dennison and graduated from Northfield High School class of 1945. She then attended Hamlin University. Margaret was united in marriage to Donald Peterson on August 16, 1947. The couple made their home in Northfield Township where they raised award winning hogs, a variety of livestock and crops. Margaret also worked at the Northfield Hospital and as an after school care provider. They moved from the family farm to a house in Northfield in 2003. Donald passed away February 9, 2015.

She was a member of the Odd Fellows and Rebekah’s Organization. Margaret and Donald enjoyed their time on an Alaskan cruise, trips to Las Vegas, touring the Bridges of Madison, Door County and taking in small town festivals. She enjoyed playing 500, euchre and solitaire. Following her grandchildren in their activities, 4H, FFA, softball games and other sports, were also a fond part of Margaret’s life. Margaret found contentment in life providing for her family and loved ones. She had a great sense of responsibility and was always fashionably dressed. Margaret touched others with her warmth and ebullient spirit. She had the heart of an angel and showed compassion and encouraged everyone around her. She was sincere, sensitive, kind and proud and will be dearly missed by all.

Margaret is survived by a daughter Katherine (and Myron) Stevens of Brainerd, two sons Mark (and Pam) of Northfield, Mike (and Kay) of Northfield, grandchildren Ann Laue (Mike Anders), Steve (and Laura) Larkin, Jennifer (and John) Gilles, Laura (and Alan) Sommervold, Joe Peterson, Kristen (and Jeremy) Hempel, Blake Peterson, Shane Peterson, Sarah (and Nate) Peters, great grandchildren Brittney, Aaron and Nicole Laue, Dylon, Cole, Brant, Allie and Ashley Larkin, Arielle and Ian Gilles, Charlotte (Lottie) and Ingrid Sommervold, Preslea and Brekken Zimmer, and Marlee Peters. Margaret was preceded in death by her husband, her parents, a son Russell and a brother Harlan who died at the age of three.

Visitation will be on Saturday, October 1, 2016 from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM at Bierman Funeral Home and also one hour prior to the service in the church. Funeral services for Margaret will be held Sunday, October 2, 2016 beginning at 3:30 PM at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church with the Reverend David Weeks officiating. Burial will be in Oaklawn Cemetery.


  1. Jeanie Bakken

    So sorry for your loss. Margaret was a very special person and will be truly missed. Kevin and Jeanie Bakken

  2. Sharron Hokeness

    Our sincere condolences to Don and Margaret Peterson families. They were wonderful, long time friends of my parents, Gene and Alice Ims. Bill and Sharron (Ims) Hokeness.

  3. Carmen Sevcik

    My Deepest sympathy to family on Margaret’s passing. She was a wonderful lady.

  4. Bob and Jenny Johnson

    Kathy, we are sorry for the loss of your mom. Something we all go through but are never quite ready for. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  5. Marlys Schwab

    “Van” and I were roommates at Hamline University in 1945 and have been close friends since then. I was maid of honor at her wedding and she was my matron of honor. We were also Russell’s godparents. I have so many happy memories of those days! Haven’t seen much of her the last years –guess that is our age showing. My sincere condolences to her precious family from myself, David and Wendy.

  6. Jeanna and Doug Machacek

    Very sorry for your loss, we have just heard the news and condolences to Kathy and family along with Mike and family . She was an amazing women with strong attributes and amazing strength .
    May she rest in a holy, peaceful place!