Lucille Jeanette (Holst) Peterson

Lucille Jeanette (Holst) Peterson died at Grace Pointe Crossing Gables East in Cambridge, Minnesota, on January 12, 2012, at the age of 94 years, 8 months, and 20 days.   Lucille was born at home in northern Anoka County to Fred and Mary Holst April 23, 1917. Lucille attended school and graduated from St. Francis High School in 1935.  She married Arlo L. Peterson on August 20, 1938 and they made their home on the Peterson farmstead in southern Isanti County. They raised two children, Elroy and Diane. She was a former school teacher, homemaker, Mom and Grandma. Lucille attended Normal Training in Anoka, Minn., and taught grades one through eight in a one-room school in Burns Township, Anoka County, until she married Arlo. Married women were not allowed to teach at that time. She was very active at the St. Francis Methodist Church, serving as Sunday school teacher and superintendent as well as Ladies Aide and choir member. She was a 4H leader for the Stanford Stars 4H Club when her children were active in 4H. She was a teacher and mentor for each member. She loved children and was the ultimate hostess for anyone coming to her home. She liked to sing and play piano or organ, sew, bake and garden, especially flowers. She made wonderful pies, cinnamon rolls, and cookies for the extended family and community to enjoy.   Lucille was preceded in death by her loving husband of 72 years, Arlo;  father, Fred Holst: mother Mary Sweigard Holst Peterson; step-father, Edward T. Peterson; son, Elroy Peterson; great-grandson, Matthew Palmer; brother, Frederick Holst of Anoka County and sister, Clara Holst Schake Blake of Border, Minnesota. Lucille is survived by daughter, Diane (Thomas) Beck of Waconia, Minn.; daughter-in-law, Cora Clark Peterson of Isanti; 9 grandchildren; 20 great grandchildren; 8 great-great grandchildren and 1 niece and many extended family members, friends and neighbors. A memorial service and celebration of Lucille’s life will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 19, 2012, at St. Francis Methodist Church, St. Francis, Minn. with Rev. Diane Nelson officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service. Memorials are preferred to St. Francis Methodist Church. Arrangements were entrusted to the care of Strike Funeral Home – Isanti Chapel.

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