Pat Peterson, 70, died on Sunday, April 5, 2009 at St. Mary's Medical Center, Duluth, MN.
She was born on July 26, 1938 at Littlefork, MN to Ed and Wilmay (Harsch) Wilkowski. She graduated from Littlefork-Big Falls High School in 1956 and attended Bemidji State University for one year, but she failed the shorthand class and decided to come home and marry Ralph. They were married for fifty years last July 12th. She was a homemaker, wife, mother, sister and friend. She had a heart of gold, giving more than she received in everything she did in her life. She worked at St. Thomas for seventeen years and Shorewood Dental for four years.
Pat was proud to have graduated from the RRCC Secretarial course in 1982 – the same year her son Jeff graduated from high school, her son Brian graduated from Bemidji Vo-Tech in carpentry and her son David graduated from Hibbing Vo-Tech in law enforcement. It was one heck of a party!! She was also writing her life story, writing up to 2004/2008 but not quite finishing it. One day we will get around to doing that for her, it is the least we can do for all she did for us.
Pat loved family reunions and get-togethers, whether her immediate or extended family and was interested in genealogy. She volunteered whenever she was asked, if she wasn't asked, or just did the job that needed to be done because that was her way. She loved the outdoors; being at peace just sitting in the quiet of a beautiful summer day at the lake or on her back deck. She liked to be other places and see other places but didn't like traveling. She wanted the "Beam me up, Scotty" way of travel. She will be remembered for her love of flowers and gardening and her unending love for her family and grandchildren.
Pat was preceded in death by her parents.
Pat is survived by her husband of fifty years, Ralph; sons, Brian (Teresa) Peterson, David (Roberta) Peterson, Jeff (Terri) Peterson and Greg Peterson; daughter, Cheryl Anderson (special friend Bret Mann); fourteen grandchildren, Amanda, Samantha, Michael, Holly, Jimmy, Katrina, Jake, Josh, Janea, Nikki, Matt, Ryan, Erin and Lindsey; one great grandchild, Mahkaela; brother, Ed (Joyce) Wilkowski and sister, Roberta (Cletus) Anderson. She is also survived by Mary Peterson, Tim Anderson, Teresa Peterson and Pamm Spry. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, April 9, 2009 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Thomas Aquinas in International Falls.
Memorials would be preferred to the St. Thomas Catholic Church, St. Thomas Catholic School or the Int'l Falls Food Shelf in lieu of flowers.
Interment will be in the Big Falls Evergreen Cemetery.