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Dorothy M. Peterson 07/14/2016

Dorothy PetersonDorothy M. Peterson age 93 of New Richmond died Thursday, July 14, 2016 at the St. Croix Health Center.  She was born on January 15, 1923 to William and Anna (nee Wille) Otte in Randolph, MN, she was the 10th of 12 children.  Dorothy married the love of her life, Milton W. Peterson in 1942 in Northfield, MN where they farmed until moving to New Richmond, WI in 1951 to start their own farm.  In New Richmond they raised 3 sons, Bump (Lynn), Ron (Cathy), Mike (Barb).  Dorothy handled administrative functions for Peterson Farms, owned and operated a small dress shop, and enjoyed entertaining friends and family most often with as much food and treats as you could handle and always had a big laugh and a big hug for all.  She is preceded in death by her parents; 8 siblings; and infant grandson, Bradley.  Dorothy is survived by siblings, Florence Millard, Odell Peterson, Dwain Otte; her 3 sons; 12 grandchildren; 26 great grandchildren; 2 great-great grandchildren; and in-laws, Coral Peterson, Joyce (Norm) Boyum, Edie Peterson, Ida (Walt) Zanmiller.  A memorial service was held Saturday, July 23, 2016 at 11:00 am at New Richmond United Methodist Church.  Visitation was also Saturday from 9-11 am at the church.  Arrangements are with Bakken-Young Funeral & Cremation Services Beebe Chapel of New Richmond.


  • Walt & Ida Zanmiller Posted July 17, 2016 9:47 pm

    Our thoughts and prayers are with her entire, large family. Love to all of you

  • Ted Stephens Posted July 19, 2016 7:57 pm

    Dorothy Peterson had a unique personality combination. One side was wonderful sweet and kind – the other, feisty tough and no nonsense.
    Her son Mike and I were great friends and on the high school wrestling team. It was a rare home match when Dorothy and Milt weren’t in the stands. We all knew when she was there – you could hear Dorothy above everybody else in the gym.
    Milt and Dorothy could not have been more opposite – he was soft spoken and quiet and Dorothy was not. But, that combination seemed to work perfectly for them. I have never met a married couple that were more loving. At home in the evening they usually sat right next to each other reading the paper or watching TV – close both emotionally and physically.
    Dorothy Peterson – a loving wife, mother and grandmother, sweet and charming, and ready to take on the world if you wronged her family. May you rest in peace.

  • Ted Stephens Posted July 20, 2016 2:32 pm

    Dorothy Peterson was a wonderful lady. Her personality ran the spectrum from sweet, charming and compassionate to feisty, opinionated and spirited. And that’s what we loved about her.
    She and Milt could not have been more opposite – but they were perfect for each other. She was a wonderful, supportive mother to Bump, Ronnie and Mike. Anybody that wronged Milt or her boys saw that feisty side right now.
    May you rest in peace, Dorothy – you have certainly earned it.

  • Bill Klopp Posted July 20, 2016 9:48 pm

    I enjoyed getting to know Dorothy from my delivering for FF Pharmacy over the years She always asked about my in-laws and family. She was a nice lady who kept busy when she was well. May you find comfort that she now rests in Peace in God’s hands.
    Because of her relative Dwain Otte in Randolph she knew the Volkert Family very well.

  • Joyce Anderson Nackowicz Posted July 21, 2016 9:10 pm

    Dorothy (whole Peterson family) has always had a special spot in my heart growing up. I have some of the best memories and scars to prove it. Dorothy gave me my first and only perm (-: My heart is with you all. Hold onto your wonderful memories for they last forever and no one can take them away.

  • Paulette and Daryl Augustine Posted July 23, 2016 1:25 am

    We send our best wishes to the family. We remember Dorothy from our younger years when we were often part of Ron and Cathy’s family events. We appreciated her kindness to us and her willingness to offer a young couple some great advice. She was certainly proud of her sons (with good reason) and cherished her family as “queen of the household.” Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. We love you all. Your friends from Missouri, Paulette and Daryl

  • Ron Peterson Posted July 24, 2016 4:29 pm

    Mom and Dad (who died in 2007) had been married for more than 65 years and were an example of loving care and servanthood. Cathy and I were blessed beyond measure and our thoughts and prayers are with the entire family! God Bless and Christ’s love to all. Ron Peterson

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