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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.

9 thoughts on “GIN M. PETERSON”

  1. Gin was a great person always friendly and ready to help where needed she will be missed

  2. My thoughts and prayers go out to the family during this very difficult time. She was a very special person and will be missed.

  3. Gin may have been a demanding teacher but she was fair, kind and quite humorous at times. She believed in her students. My family didn’t have a computer at home and sometimes when Gin had to stay after school she allowed me to use her computer to type my poems. With sincere interest, she would politely ask to see them and I was grateful when she had time for constructive criticism. These occasional times together, where she read about my life and my deepest feelings made her the only teacher who really knew me. I appreciated her unyielding trustworthiness and felt lucky to have had the chance to get to know her life a little bit in the process. With all my Love to you and your family, rest peacefully.

  4. As a old neighbor on Watkins Street, I felt Gin was family. Babysitting for the kids, Tom and Barbie , we became very close friends. She was one of my mother’s best and closest friends. She was an amazing woman and will be greatly missed. To all her children, please know that we thought the world of your mother.

  5. Gin was an amazing woman who was always so interested in hearing what about what was going on in your life – focused on you, not herself. Her commitment to Mora and education continued long after her formal teaching days. She was one of the founding members of hhe Mora Educational Foundation and served as Secretary for several years. Always the teacher her contributions during discussions were always vital to the issue. She will truly be missed by so many.

  6. I knew Mrs. Peterson during my last year of high school. She didn’t think a thing of the fact that I have cerebral palsy, and gave me the benefit of the doubt. I’ll always respect and admire her for that.

    She went out of her way to recruit me to the varsity speech team, even though I had only been there for less than a year. She helped make a stranger feel at home.

    That is something I’ll never forget.

  7. Tom, Mary and Kevin and family and friends. My deepest condolence to all of you at this time for the loss of your mom.it is heart breaking but the good times will come when you can laugh at the things she said or the things she did. She will always be with you in many ways forever and a day. Love to all of you ( Tom, Mary, Kevin)

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