Joyce Elizabeth Peterson

June 26, 1925 ~ July 17, 2020 (age 95)


Her sweet demeanor, soft-spoken nature, and selfless way of giving and caring for others made Joyce a rare gem on this Earth. She will be greatly missed by her family and lifelong friends.

Joyce Elizabeth Peterson, 95, lifelong resident of Duluth, passed away peacefully in her sleep on July 17, 2020 at Barnes Care assisted living in Esko, MN.

Joyce was born in Duluth on June 26, 1925 to Wallace and Elizabeth Clemens. She graduated from Duluth Central High School and technical college. She married Gordon R. Peterson and they were married for 45 years. She was a hardworking Homemaker, raising their daughters and maintaining their home. She loved to knit and spend time at the cabin on Caribou Lake. She was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church and active in the church circles and bible study groups.

Joyce was preceded in death by her parents; husband; and brother, William.

Joyce is survived by her children, Debra (Ron) Brochu of Duluth and Cynthia (Terry) Cossin of Castle Rock, CO; grandchildren, Derek and Jessica Brochu of Duluth; great-grandson she adored, “DJ”; special nephew, Richard Ouellette of Duluth; nephews, Tom (Carol) Ouellette of Duluth and Lewis Wackler of Boulder, CO; and niece, Barbara Gwynn of Arvada, CO.

The family would like to thank the staff at Barnes Care in Esko for her great care during the last 16 months.

Due to Covid-19, a memorial service will be held at a later date, hopefully sometime in the fall. Interment will be next to her husband at Sunrise Memorial Park Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Trinity Lutheran Church, 1108 E. 8th St. in Duluth, MN 55805.

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Services to be held at a later date

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