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JoAnne Peterson, 76

Nov 14, 2009

Blue Earth — JoAnne Peterson, age 76, of Blue Earth, died Nov. 5, 2009, at St.Lukes Lutheran Care Center, Blue Earth.

Funeral services were held, Nov. 9, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Blue Earth, with Rev. Stephen Bohling and Rev. Mark Wilms officiating. Burial was in Riverside Cemetery, Blue Earth.

JoAnne was born May 27, 1933, in Faribault Co., the daughter of Maynard and Josephine (Sabin) Holmseth. She was raised and educated in Frost where she was a 1951 graduate of Frost High School. She received her Normal Training at Waldorf College in Forest City, Iowa and began teaching. She taught in rural schools in northern Iowa at Lakota, and in Winnebago, Minn.

She was married to Paul Peterson on Dec. 22, 1956 at South Blue Earth Lutheran Church. The couple moved to their farm in 1957 where they raised their three daughters. Through the years she had continued her eduction and earned a Bachelors Degree in Education from the Minnesota State University. In 1970, JoAnne was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church and of the former Christian Womens Club. She loved to read, travel, do puzzles and any family gathering, especially school and sporting events involving her grandchildren.

JoAnne is survived by her husband, Paul Peterson of Blue Earth, her daughter, Carol (Steve) Yaggy of Rochester, grandchildren, Jordan and Kristin Yaggy, her daughter, Kristin Pirsig (David Pirsig) of Blue Earth, grandchildren, Emilie, Hayley, Jonah, and Whitney Pirsig, and brother, Bill Holmseth of OshKosh, Wis.

She was preceded in death by her parents, a daughter, Beth Peterson, two brothers, Robert “Blackie” Holmseth and Merrill Holmseth.

Memorial donations are preferred to the Alzheimers Research Department at Mayo Clinic in Rochester.

Web tributes may be left at www.pattonfh.com