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Published June 30, 2013, 12:00 AM

Arlene L. Peterson

Arlene L. Peterson, 86, formerly of Verona, ND, passed away June 25, 2013 at the Oakes Good Samaritan Society. Arlene Louise Weinandt, daughter of Leo and Elizabeth (Brockling) Weinandt was born July 17, 1926 in Lakefield, MN. She grew up on their 80 acre farm with her four sisters and graduated from Okabena High School in 1943. She worked at a bank in Minneapolis for a short time until her parents purchased a farm near Verona, ND in 1945. She and her sisters worked hard helping her parents move their farming business there.

Arlene began working as a telephone operator in Oakes. She met her future husband, Clifford Peterson from Verona, at a dance. They were married on November 5, 1949 at St. Raphael's Catholic Church, Verona. It was a double ceremony alongside her youngest sister, Ruth and her husband Bob Gaughan. Clifford and Arlene had five sons and five daughters all of whom together were the pride of the farm, caring for animals, fulfilling household chores and harvesting crops. Arlene's beloved husband, Clifford, passed away January 25, 1996 after 46 years of marriage.

Arlene L. Peterson

Arlene L. Peterson, 86, formerly of Verona, ND, passed away June 25, 2013 at the Oakes Good Samaritan Society. Arlene Louise Weinandt, daughter of Leo and Elizabeth (Brockling) Weinandt was born July 17, 1926 in Lakefield, MN. She grew up on their 80 acre farm with her four sisters and graduated from Okabena High School in 1943. She worked at a bank in Minneapolis for a short time until her parents purchased a farm near Verona, ND in 1945. She and her sisters worked hard helping her parents move their farming business there.

Arlene began working as a telephone operator in Oakes. She met her future husband, Clifford Peterson from Verona, at a dance. They were married on November 5, 1949 at St. Raphael's Catholic Church, Verona. It was a double ceremony alongside her youngest sister, Ruth and her husband Bob Gaughan. Clifford and Arlene had five sons and five daughters all of whom together were the pride of the farm, caring for animals, fulfilling household chores and harvesting crops. Arlene's beloved husband, Clifford, passed away January 25, 1996 after 46 years of marriage.

A hardworking wife, mother and homemaker, Arlene was a great cook and instilled all of the important skills of growing up on a farm in her children such as teaching the boys to wash the dishes and teaching the girls how to polka. Arlene had an unwavering faith in God, and was a member of the St. Raphael's Catholic Church. She had become very involved with the parish and taught religion for several years. She was known for her tenacious spirit, keen perception and had a laugh that could light up a room. She was a member of the Jones Benoit Legion Auxiliary.

She is survived by her children, David (Paula) Peterson and Charles (Linda) Peterson, all of Verona, ND; Dwight (Annie) Peterson, Gilbert, AZ; Peg (Jamie) Pound, Avondale, AZ; Patty (Duane) Peterson, LaMoure, ND; Ron Peterson, Fargo, ND; Eugene (Dawnelle) Peterson, Gilbert, AZ; Beverly Peterson, Fargo, ND; Julie (Kenny) Doggett, West Fargo, ND; and Michele (Ken) Goebel, Williston, ND; 17 grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and four step-great-grandchildren. Arlene was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Cliff, and four sisters (Lucille Post, Marjorie Laney, Alice Olson, and Ruth Gaughan).

Visitation will be held on Monday, July 1 from 6 to 7 p.m. with a prayer service starting at 7 p.m. at Dahlstrom Funeral Home, Oakes. A funeral service celebrating her life will be Tuesday at 2 p.m. at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church, Oakes. Her final resting place will be at Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Cemetery near Verona. Condolences may be sent to www.dahlstromfuneralhome.com.

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