AKKERMAN INGEBRAND FUNERAL HOME – MORA
Geneva “Gin” Peterson, of St. Louis Park, formerly of Mora, passed away on Thursday, July 26, 2018 at her home. She was 91 years old.
MEMORIAL SERVICE will be held at 11:00 am on Monday, August 13, 2018 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Mora.
MEMORIAL VISITATION will be held one hour prior to the service at the church.
Memorial are preferred to Mora Dollars for Scholars or the Sholom Foundation.
Gin Peterson, of St. Louis Park, formerly of Mora, died on Thursday, July 26, 2018 at her home. She was 91 years old.
Geneva Mildred Gudahl was born Jan. 10, 1927 to Absalon and Clara (Fenske) Gudahl in Long Beach, California. She grew up in rural Bricelyn, MN. The oldest of three children, she graduated from Macalester College, where she met her future husband A.C. Peterson.
She taught in public schools in Meckling, South Dakota and Omaha, Nebraska and a private Catholic high school in Detroit while her husband pursued his medical degree. The family moved to Mora in 1955, residing on Watkins Street before building a home north of Mora along Snake River. She later returned to teaching in Mora schools, where she also coached the speech team.
As a teacher, she was demanding; a tough but well-loved educator who attended countless graduation parties. A dictionary was often her gift of choice for the graduate. She followed her students’ exploits and accomplishments as they ventured out into the world, recalling their deeds with almost encyclopedic recollections.
An avid traveler and an adventurous eater, she journeyed across the nation from the U.S. Virgin Islands to Hawaii and Alaska. She also traveled abroad. She was active in local clubs and civic organizations, including being an early organizer of the Mora Dollars for Scholars program. She was a frequent volunteer at community events, including the Vasaloppet and the Snake River Canoe Race. She also served on the Minnesota State University Board.
She is survived by her children, Tom (Mary) of Kensington, Maryland; Barbara (Jim) Hunziker of Edmonds, Washington; James of North Glenn, Colorado; and Rick (Susan) of Minneapolis, plus seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; sisters Gladys Gudahl and Carmen Klingbeil; many other relatives and friends.