Bertil John Peterson
Feb. 28, 1925 - Nov. 7, 2008
Funeral services for Bertil J. Peterson, 83, of Aurelia, will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2008, at the Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Cherokee, with Pastor Jim Steen officiating. Burial will be in the Good Hope Cemetery, rural Cherokee. The Redig Funeral Home in Aurelia is in charge of arrangements. In lieu of flowers a memorial fund has been established.
Bertil John Peterson was born on Feb. 28, 1925, south of Aurelia, the son of August and Anna (Johnson) Peterson. He was baptized and confirmed at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Cherokee. He attended school in Aurelia through the eighth grade when he joined his father in the family farm. On Sept. 23, 1945, Bertil married Vera Robertson Rud of Cleghorn at Bethlehem Lutheran Church.
Bertil was on various church and community boards. His first love was farming and raising cattle and hogs. His family was his main focus, and he loved to have them around as much as possible. In the 1970's Bertil and Vera purchased a trailer at Sand Bar Beach on Big Spirit Lake. They loved to fish and spend time with friends and family. As the family grew they decided to purchase a cabin on Big Spirit, with a beach for the grandkids to play on. The grandchildren spent much of their summers with aunts and uncles and cousins, and have many fond memories and funny stories to share of the times spent with their grandparents, both at the lake and farm. Due to Vera's health they moved into Aurelia in the late 1990's.
Bertil died Friday, Nov. 7, 2008, at the Sunset Knoll Care and Rehab Center in Aurelia.
Preceding Bertil in death were his parents, his wife Vera on March 7, 2005, one daughter, Sandra Jean, one grandson, Brian Buenger, one sister, Marian Peterson, and one brother-in-law, Kenneth Ohlson.
Survivors include four daughters, Janet Kay and her husband Norman Buenger of Holstein, Kathy Jo and her husband Ed Oie of Eagan, Minn., Karen Lynn Hirschman of Spirit Lake, and Julie Ann and her husband Michael Johnson of Winnebago, Minn. In the 1950's Keith Tolzin came to live with the Peterson family, and is like a son. Keith and his wife Jan live in Ellensburg, Wash. Also surviving are ten grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, one brother, Harold and his wife Marilee Peterson of Aurelia, one sister, Betty Ohlson of Cherokee, one nephew and several nieces, and other relatives and friends.
Elmer H. Anderson
May 5, 1920 - Nov. 5, 2008
Elmer H. Anderson, 88, of South Sioux City, Neb. and formerly of Marathon, passed away on Nov. 5, 2008.
Services for Mr. Anderson were held on Friday, Nov. 7, 2008 at Grace Lutheran Church in Marathon, with Rev. Tammy Anderson officiating. As per his wishes, Elmer was cremated. His remains will be buried at the Marathon Cemetery and sprinkled at his farm.
Elmer was born May 1, 1920 in Curlew, the son of John H. and Alma C. (Gustafson) Anderson. He attended school in Marathon. At a young age, he started farming with his father and then took over the family farm. He loved working his land and was a faithful son, brother and uncle.
For more than 20 years, Elmer worked for the Buena Vista ASCS office in Storm Lake. He also collected antique John Deere tractors and was a member of the 2-Cylinder Club.
Elmer was baptized and confirmed at Grace Lutheran Church in Marathon. He was a faithful church member and served on various boards at the church. He also served on the Elevator board in Marathon. He enjoyed having coffee with his friends.
In March 2006, Elmer moved to Matney Assisted Living in South Sioux City so he could be closer to his nieces and nephew. Elmer enjoyed reading, playing bingo, sitting outside in the sun and hearing from his neighbors and friends back home in Marathon.
Survivors include his nieces: Kathy (Ken) Gries and Sharon Hiserote of Sioux City; Phyllis (Rich) Pennington, Hinton; and his nephew Rich (Betty) Benson of Remsen. Other survivors include great nieces and nephews: Karen Gries, Keith Gries, Dan Hiserote, Jim Hiserote, Sue Ann Hardin, Jon Pennington, Justin Pennington, Mary Benson, Matthew Benson and Michael Benson; plus 18 great-great-nieces and nephews. We will all miss Uncle Elmer.
Elmer was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters and their husbands: Judith and Nathaniel Lundquist and Lillian and Oscar Benson.