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Darlene Petersen, of Naples, Florida, formerly of Mora, Minnesota, passed away on Monday, June 1, 2015.  She was 81 years old.

MEMORIAL SERVICE will be held at 11:30 am on Saturday, June 20, 2015 at the Grace Lutheran Church in Mora with Rev. Kate Schruba officiating.

MEMORIAL VISITATION will be held one hour prior to the service.

INURNMENT will be in the Bethlehem Lutheran Cemetery in Askov, Minnesota.

Darlene Elsie Petersen (Olson), 81, passed away peacefully at home in Naples, FL on June 1, 2015, surrounded by her children, granddaughter and childhood friend, Arliss Krawiecki.  

Darlene was born on December 26, 1933 to Elsie and Melvin Olson of Mora, MN.  She graduated from Mora High School then moved to Askov, MN where she worked as a teller in the bank.  There she met her husband, Duane S. Petersen of Askov.  They were married on June 5, 1954 at Grace Lutheran Church in Mora.  A year later their first daughter, Lynn, was born and for a short time they lived in Cloquet.  They eventually settled in Wayzata, MN where Kurt and Keri were born.  Duane taught grade school and Darlene worked for The Foursome Family Clothing store.  When their youngest graduated from high school, they moved to Naples, Florida to open a Haagen-Dazs ice cream store. There they enjoyed many years of friends and relatives visiting them in the sunshine state.  Minnesota always held a special place in their hearts.  Darlene had a passion for playing Bridge and enjoyed the game with many friends.  She also had a special skill for social planning and many will agree she was very good at it.  She was happiest when spending time with family and friends.  She will be missed by all who knew her.

Darlene was preceded in death by her parents, Elsie and Melvin Olson; her step-father, Charles T. Peterson; and her husband Duane.

Darlene is survived by her two daughters, Lynn (Greg) Hill of Camas, WA, Keri (Ed) Cheffy of Naples, FL; and son Kurt Petersen of Naples, FL; and four grandchildren, John and Anna Cheffy  of Naples, FL , Michael Hustad of Camas, WA, Jill (Mark) Carroll of Anchorage, AK; and a great granddaughter Lauren Carroll  of Anchorage, AK.  Survived also by brothers, Dennis (JoAnn) Olson of Maple Lake, MN and Charles (Juanita) Peterson of Cambridge, MN; sisters-in-law, Josephine Jessen and Shirley Lund of Sandstone, MN; a niece Denise Froehlich, and nephews Lance and Joel Olson.

A memorial service will be held at 11:30 am on Saturday, June 20, 2015 at the Grace Lutheran Church in Mora with Rev. Kate Schruba officiating.  A memorial visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at the church.  Inurnment will be in the Bethlehem Lutheran Cemetery in Askov. The family wishes to thank Avow Hospice Naples, FL for their excellent and compassionate care.  In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Avow Hospice Naples, 1095 Whippoorwill Lane, Naples, FL 34105; Grace Lutheran Church, 301 Forest Avenue East, Mora, MN 55051; or Bethlehem Lutheran Church, P.O. Box 188, Askov, MN 55704.   Local Arrangements are with the Akkerman Ingebrand Funeral Home of Mora.  Condolences may be posted at www.aifuneralhome.com

3 thoughts on “DARLENE PETERSEN”

  1. I was sorry to hear that another of my classmates has passed (Mora High School, Class of ’51.) Darlene was a sweet, loving, generous and spiritual person. I remember her as part of a lifelong trio of friends that included Arliss and Bonnie. My condolences to her family and friends. She will be missed!

  2. I was saddened to learn of the passing of Darlene. I have such fond memories of growing up next to the Peterson family. Our family and neighbors on11th Avenue certainly had a lot of fun together, with Duane and Darlene often right in the middle of all the action. I remember learning to waterski on Lake Florida with her positive words of encouragement to try it just one more time. Kurt, Kari and Lynn my thoughts and prayers are with you as you mourn the loss of your mother. I wish you peace.

  3. Dear Lynn Kurt and Kari, Our deepest sympathies to each of you and your families. we are sorry we can’t be with you, It would have been great to see you again.We will always cherish our many memories from 11th ave north.
    Your Mom and Dad were very special people in our lives and good friends are hard to lose.

    With Love to you all,

    Garland and Sally Albers

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