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C. Peterson webphotoCorneil “Corky” Peterson, of rural Braham, passed away on Tuesday, January 13, 2015 at HCMC in Minneapolis, MN.  She was 81 years old.

MEMORIAL SERVICE will be held at 11:00 am on Saturday, January 17, 2015 at Siloa Lutheran Church in rural Braham.

MEMORIAL VISITATION will be held from 4- 8 pm on Friday, January 16, 2015 at the Rock Ingebrand Funeral Home in Braham with a PRAYER SERVICE at 7:30 pm, visitation will also be held 1 hour prior to the service at the church on Saturday.

Corneil “Corky” L. Peterson, of Maple Ridge Township, passed away on Tuesday, January 13, 2015, at HCMC surrounded by family.  She was 81 years old.

Corky was born on July 14, 1933, in St. Paul, MN, the only child of Fred & Frances Hagers.  She grew up in St. Paul, attended grade school at St. Matthews, graduated from St. Joseph’s Girls Academy in 1951 and graduated from St. Catherine’s College as a registered Occupational Therapist.  She was the Director of the OT department at St. Joseph’s Hospital in St. Paul, MN.  On August 9, 1969, she married Duane “Duke” Peterson, and moved to Maple Ridge Township. 

Corky was an active member of Siloa Lutheran Church, VFW Auxiliary.  She served on the Braham School Board for fourteen years.  She enjoyed many activities including bowling, snowmobiling, sewing, quilting and spending time with family. 

Corky was preceded in death by her parents. 

She is survived by her husband Duke, by her children, Sharon (Tom) Lynch of Mora, Greg (Tina)  Massey of Fridley, Chris (Bill) Dahlquist of Cambridge, Nicole (Tim) Laman of Stanchfield and Rachel Peterson of Maple Ridge Township. 14 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren, several brothers and sisters in-law, many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. 

A Memorial Service held on Saturday, January 17, 2015 at the Siloa Lutheran Church with Pastor Dan Olson Officiating.  Music was provided by Judy Windorski.  A spring inurnment will be in the Siloa Lutheran Cemetery.


10 thoughts on “CORNEIL “CORKY” L. PETERSON”

  1. Oh how I loved Corky! A very vibrant, strong, fiery force to be reckoned with. Strong, loving, and a good mother. While in high school, she and Duke saved my life in more ways than one. There was never a question that I could come there when I needed refuge. Stability, love, and a good stern talking to was always the order of the day. My favorite memories are the WCCO morning show coming from the kitchen as Sharon and I found it too cold to get up. We would race downstairs to get to the wood stove and complain and Corky would just smile and think we were babies!!!

    My thoughts and prayers to the entire Peterson family for their loss. The world lost “one of the good ones” on Tuesday.

  2. Whenever meeting Corky you were greeted with a huge smile and no doubt some “words of wisdom” What a great lady, she will be missed. Hugs, thoughts and prayers to all her family.
    Marlene and Darwin

  3. I was saddened to hear of Corky’s death on Monday. I have many good memories of her, Duke and also of all or her family. Still remember her wedding to Duke when I was fortunate to stand up for them. And Oh! those snowmobile times. She gave well to all that she did–especially the school board. My sympathy goes out to all of you. I am in Sedona AZ for the winter. My thoughts and prayers are with you! Love, Lois

  4. My heart aches for family on the loss of this delightful woman. I had the pleasure of meeting Corky only a couple of times and her kindness is what I recall the most. She was so warm, friendly and oh so welcoming.

    To Greg Massey and his family – my thoughts and prayers on the loss of your loved one.

  5. Please accept my sincere sympathy on the passing of your mother. I always enjoyed talking with her the few times I have seen her in our adult years. I pray for your strength during this difficult time.

  6. My sympathies to Duke and family – many good memories of meeting at Corky’s for a neighborhood Bible study.

  7. Iam so sorry to hear of your loss. I bowled with Corky, we had some fun times and a lot of laughs. I enjoyed seeing her recently at basketball games, she always went out of her way to chat. I will miss her….
    Hugs to the family.
    Rest in peace, Corky….

  8. I am so sorry to hear of Corky’s tragic death. My heart goes out to all of you. Though her connection to me was strongest in my early years, she has always been a big presence in my life. There are so many wonderful memories of her: our road trip to Winnipeg (so, so many years ago …), the spontaneous singing and laughing, the wonderful overnights (as a child, for me) at Francie and Fred’s and I got to stay in her room! She was a mentor for me in so many ways. I remember her love and concern for her kids. So proud to have her as a cousin! In 1969 I remember that she started a new, very happy life in another part of the state; it seems both of us spent time and energy making new lives. And that’s what happened: Life. I have tried to find your address, Sharon, and yours, too, Greg. I have Chris’, so will be in touch separately with her. Please know that my thoughts are with you all, and please accept my deepest sympathy.

  9. Dear Duke, Sharon, Greg and Chris,

    I was deeply saddened to hear that Corky has passed away.

    My heart is always full when I think of her and all of you.

    On top of helping me through a very tough time in my life, Corky helped me bake a cake that won a blue ribbon at the Isanti County fair.

    I count myself very lucky to have known her and she will always be in my heart.

    May God bless you all during this difficult time.

    Tom Cullen
    St. Paul, MN

  10. Dear Duke and Family:
    I was privileged to serve Siloa Lutheran Church 1984-88. Commuting from Mound, MN made it reasonable to stay overnight occasionally when I had pastoral duties the next morning/day. Duke and Corky were so willing and gracious to invite me to be a guest at their home overnight several times. I remember Corky as a proud, confident and delightfully positive spouse, mother, friend, community activist, faithful worshipper and beloved Child of God! My heart goes out to you, Duke, and your family as you work through these tender days of grief. Please greet Nicole and Rachel from me. They were home when I enjoyed your hospitality!
    I am thankful to Ron Peterson for sharing this tragic news.
    Pastor Terry Frovik, retired

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