Arlene was born April 11, 1927 in Eleva, Wis. to Lewis and Alma (Johnson) Norby. She was baptized and confirmed at the Bennett Valley Lutheran Church and attended school in Bennett Valley.
In 1944 Arlene came to Minnesota and worked first in Minneapolis and later at the Grasston Northwoods Novelty Company. On June 22, 1946 she was united in marriage to Curtis Peterson of the Coin/Lewis Lake area. To this union 2 children were born. Arlene worked at the Cambridge Regional Center as a teacher’s aid in special education for disadvantaged children until she retired in 1981.
After Curtis passed away in 1977, Arlene remained on the farm where she loved to garden, raise vegetables and grow flowers. A neighbor encouraged her to purchase a set of skis and introduced her to cross country skiing which she enjoyed for many winters.
Arlene’s family and friends were important to her and she enjoyed corresponding with them via letters, cards and phone calls. She loved traveling with her granddaughters to various cities in many states to attend their competitive diving events.
Christian faith was an important part of Arlene’s life. She was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church since her marriage to Curtis. She was a member of the ladies WELCA Group and enjoyed hosting the ladies Bible Study Group in her home for many years.
Arlene is preceded in death by her husband Curtis; parents; step-mother Jeannette; daughter Barbara Davis; and step-sister Bonnie De Witt.
She is survived by son, Roger (Darlene) Peterson of Brooklyn Park, Minn.; grandchildren Pat (Michelle) Horn, Ryan Peterson, Coral Day-Davis and Chelseana Davis; great grandchildren Kyle, Kayleigh, and Kayden Horn; sister Alice (Roy) Robertson of Eau Claire, Wis.; half-brother Larry (Pat) Norby of Bloomington, Ill.; and half-sister Ruth Mattingly of Bloomington, Ill.; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, Nov. 26 at 11 a.m. at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Brunswick with Rev. Lori Blake officiating. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 25 at Akkerman-Ingebrand Funeral Home in Mora; plus 1 hour prior to the service on Saturday at the church. Music will be provided by Jacki Peterson and Misty Nelson. Pallbearers are Pat Horn, Ryan Peterson, Tim Peterson, Orvin Halvorson, Roger Robertson and Dick Stafford. Interment is at Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery. Arrangements were handled by Akkerman-Ingebrand Funeral Home of Mora.