An angel tapped her on the shoulder and said, “It’s time to go.”
Arlene Marie Peterson, 95, of Midway Township, peacefully passed away on March 19, 2021. Her journey here on earth ended and she has been joyously reunited with her beloved husband Earl, son Darryl, and many family members and friends.
Arlene was born in Duluth to Frank and Bertha Pederson on August 11, 1925. She went to Proctor High School. She worked for Tupperware for a short time but her heart and soul was at home on the farm. There she was a cook extraordinaire, and when not working in the kitchen she worked side-by-side with her beloved husband and sons on the farm. Milking cows, caring for animals, feeding birds and squirrels, turning a wrench, shoveling snow, or driving a tractor, she was a woman of all trades. Most of all she was a remarkable Wife and Mother.
She enjoyed cooking, crocheting, rosemaling, and making hundreds of perfectly round scrubbies to give away. She and Earl traveled and especially enjoyed sharing old Swedish and Norwegian Traditions.
Arlene was preceded in death by her husband, Earl, of 63 ½ years Feb. 18, 2010; son, Darryl in 2003; a great-granddaughter; parents, Frank and Bertha Pederson of Pike Lake; and sisters, Margaret, Eleanor, Betty, and Lois.
Arlene is survived by son, Dale (Joan) of Pine, AZ; granddaughters, Tawnyia, Crystal and Sarah; grandsons, Duane, Dale and Jake; great and great-great-grandchildren; siblings, Lorraine Hansen and Howard Pederson, both of Pike Lake; nieces and nephews; God-daughter, Donna Wilson of Anthony, KS; many friends, including Lynn Beatty, who was a loyal friend to Arlene for many years; and niece, Darlene Dower who became a daughter to Arlene. The many years of love and caregiving Darlene gave to her gave Arlene so much joy.
For now we will say, “Until we meet again” in a brief ceremony as we lay Arlene to rest alongside Earl at Sunrise Memorial Park Cemetery. There will be a celebration of Arlene’s life in the spring when we share stories and wonderful memories. Information regarding date, location, and time will be forthcoming.
Until then, “A bushel and a peck and a hug around your neck.”