Dorothy L. Peterson, 90

Published 8:02 am Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Dorothy L. Peterson, 90, of Austin, Minnesota, died Saturday, Sept. 23, 2017, at Field Crest Care Center in Hayfield, Minnesota.

Dorothy L. Peterson, 90

Dorothy was born March 22, 1927, on a farm north of Bagley, Minnesota, to Warren and Violet Baumann. The family moved to Kabetogama Lake in 1935 where Dorothy attended a country school through fifth grade and finished high school in Orr, Minnesota, in 1945. She went to work in Minneapolis after graduation and there met her future husband, Thomas L. Peterson. They were united in marriage on March 24, 1946, in International Falls at Zion Lutheran Church.

The couple lived in Minneapolis until 1949 and then moved to Austin, Minnesota. They were blessed with seven wonderful children. Dorothy and Thomas did income taxes and bookkeeping part time in their home. Dorothy worked for a car dealer until 1976 when she went to work for the Minnesota Auto License Office until 1982. She was also an election judge for 28 years.

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Dorothy enjoyed her family, grandchildren, church, sewing, gardening, dancing, music, crafts-especially knitting, cribbage, and making rhubarb jam for gifts.

Survivors include her daughters, Sandra (Ron) Guenette, Colorado Springs, Colorado, Cynthia (Mike) Jones, Brownsdale, Minnesota, Janette (Kent) Barnes, Ellicott City, Maryland, and Jennifer (Mark) Erickson, Fargo, North Dakota; sons, Stephen T. Peterson, Parker, Colorado, and David (Mary) Peterson, Rochester, Minnesota; 14 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; sisters-in-law, Ramona Baumann and Violet Baumann; and many nieces, nephews, and friends.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Thomas L. Peterson; daughter, Lisa; infant son, Scott; her parents; and brothers, Edwin, Basil, and Archie.

A memorial service will be held 1 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017, at the First Congregational Church with Pastor Shari Mason officiating. Friends may call one hour before the service at the church on Saturday. Interment will be in Grandview Cemetery.

Memorials are preferred to the First Congregational Church, Grandview Cemetery, or donor’s choice.

Mayer Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be left online at