Zella L. Peterson, 60
Blooming Prairie — Zella Leone (Vivant) Peterson, age 60, of Blooming Prairie, passed away peacefully on the morning of Friday, April 15, 2011, at her daughters home in Comfrey surrounded by her family.
Funeral Services were held April 19, 2011, at Dell Lutheran Church, rural Frost. The Rev. Joe Ocker and Rev. Dan Horn officiated. Burial followed at Dell Lutheran Cemetery. Patton Funeral Home & Cremation Service was in charge of arrangements.
Zella Leone Vivant was born Dec. 1, 1950, in Mora, the daughter of Fred and Iwylla (Tagtow) Vivant. She was baptized and confirmed at Zion Lutheran Church, in McGrath. She attended McGrath Public School and graduated in 1967. She then attended Brainerd Junior College and graduated with an Associate of Arts Degree in 1969.
She was married to Irving Peterson on April 3, 1971, in McGrath. Zella and Irving lived in Ellsworth until moving onto the Peterson farm near Frost in 1976. In 1986, the family moved to Comfrey and in 1993 to Blooming Prairie as Irving served public schools as superintendent. During these years Zella held several jobs as a nurse’s aide, medical clinic receptionist, bus driver, church secretary and a day care provider. Zella was a fulltime childcare provider the past 10 years for her grandchildren and other babies.
Zella was a member of the McGrath VFW Auxiliary, and several churches in the various communities in which they lived. She and Irving looked forward to traveling and enjoying family after Irving’s retirement in 2009 from Thief River Falls Public Schools.
Zella is survived by her husband, Irving; four daughters, Andrea (Troy) Toll, of Comfrey, Alisa (Matt) Nase, of Lake Crystal, Jana Peterson, of Willmar, Megan (Gabe) Hirsch, of Mankato; one son, Joshua (Vida) Peterson, of Duluth; mother, Iwylla Vivant, of Apple Valley; four brothers, Lloyd (Frances) Vivant, of Lakeville, Gene (Roberta) Vivant, of Inver Grove Heights, Ronald (Linda) Vivant, of Cannon Falls, Fred (Colleen) Vivant, of Northfield; one sister, Julie (Ron) Weiss, of Forest Lake; six grandchildren, Lexi, Jordan and Ashton Toll, of Comfrey, Olivia Nolan and Evan Nase, of Lake Crystal, and one grandson due in July 2011. Also surviving are sisters-in-law, Muriel (Darrel) Klenz, of Fairmont, and Alice Peterson, of Mesa, Ariz.; 28 nieces and nephews; 39 grandnieces and grandnephews.
She was preceded in death by her father, Fred Vivant; an infant sister, Rose; brother-in-law, Gordon Peterson; sister-in-law, Vivian Jelle; nephew, Andrew Weiss; and an infant niece, Jelle.
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