Joyce I. Peterson

Monday, October 31, 2011

Joyce I. Peterson, age 92, of Alta, passed away on Sunday, Oct. 23, 2011 at the Methodist Manor Retirement Community of Storm Lake. A memorial service was held on Wednesday, Oct. 26, at the Trinity Lutheran Church of Alta with the Rev D. Duane Olson officiating. Burial was at the Woodlawn Cemetery of Alta. The Nicklas D Jensen Funeral Home of Alta was in charge of arrangements.

Joyce Irene Bengtson, daughter of Nels and Millie (Thor) Bengtson was born Oct. 9, 1919 on the family farm north of Alta. She was baptized and confirmed at Immanuel Lutheran Church near the farm. She graduated from Highview School in 1937. After high school she attended Buena Vista College, Augustana College, and graduated from Coe College. She taught school for three years in Manning. Later, she tutored many children in Storm Lake and enjoyed the "one on one" teaching.

Joyce married Virgil Johnson on Sept. 28, 1947. To this union two children were born, Betty Ann and Edward. Virgil passed away while in the service in May 1958.

She married Stanley Peterson on Dec. 25, 1971 at St. Marks Lutheran Church in Storm Lake.

Her specialty was making Swedish Rye Bread, baking cookies and entertaining. She treasured her family and the time she spent with them. Joyce was a member of PEO for many years.

She is preceded in death by her parents; her first husband, Virgil; her brother, Wesley Bengtson; and three sisters, Maryon Nelson, Virginia Patton and Marie Sweet.

Joyce is survived by her husband, Stanley Peterson of Alta; two children, Betty Ann Buffington of Albert Lea, Minn. and Edward Johnson of St. Paul, Minn.; five grandchildren, Joshua (Tina) Buffington of Des Moines, Jeffrey (Elizabeth) Buffington of Faribault, Minn., Sarah (Jason) Jaworski of St. Paul, Minn., Rachel Johnson of St. Paul, Minn. and Todd Johnson of St. Paul, Minn.; two great-grandchildren, William and Jillian Buffington; and several nieces and nephews.