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OBIT: Grace Peterson

Grace Peterson, 93, of Clear Lake, IA, passed away Saturday, July 30, 2022 at the Rockwell Community Nursing Home in Rockwell, IA.

A Funeral service will be held 1:00 pm on Thursday, August 4, 2022 at Totzke Funeral Home, 2100 Broadway Ave., Slayton, MN with Rev. Jeffrey Williams officiating. Interment will follow in Hillside Cemetery, Lake Wilson, MN.

Grace’s family will greet relatives and friends beginning one hour prior to her service at the funeral home.

The daughter of Frank D. and Margreta H. (Ebbinga) Haberman, Henrietta Grace Peterson was born October 26, 1927 in Slayton, MN. She grew up in Avoca, MN where she lived until moving to Rochester, MN in 1943.

While living in Rochester she met Temen Benford Peterson and together the couple moved to Chicago, IL where they were united in marriage. They would be blessed with three children, Gale Temen, Pamela Grace, and Verlene Olive.

The young family resided in Chicago from 1946 until 1952 when they moved to Iowa City, IA where they lived for two years before settling on a farm in Temen’s hometown of Kendallville, IA.

In 1963 Grace and Temen made one final move, settling in Clear Lake where they would raise their children before eventually divorcing.

Grace was a talented seamstress and completed countless alterations over the years. She loved time spent outdoors and will be remembered for her flower and vegetable gardens. Many spring and fall days were spent in the tactor helping Gale in the field, she also worked as a crop inspector and eventually as a crop adjustor.

Grace has always loved music which led to her the Surf Ballroom. Over the years she loved attending dances on the ballroom and even worked for a few years at the Surf. She also enjoyed attending dances at the Senior Center.

She is survived by her son, Gale, of Clear Lake; grandchildren, Alli Vanderpool and David Vanderpool; a great granddaughter, Vivienne Vanderpool; as well as her nieces, and extended family.

Grace is preceded in death by her parents; former husband, Temen Peterson; two daughters, Pamela Grace Peterson and Verlene Olive Peterson-Vanderpool; siblings, Margaret Haberman and Ferdinand (Elaine) Haberman; and step siblings, Raymond Haberman, Herman Haberman, Paul Krier, and Albert Haberman, Paulina (Lena) Stumm, and Elsie Touhey.

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