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Theresa Peterson

Theresa Peterson, age 65, of Bemidji, Minn., died Saturday, February 21, 2009 at United Hospital, St. Paul, Minn.

Mass of Christian burial will be 10:30 A.M., Thursday, February 26, 2009 at St. Philip's Catholic Church, with Fr. Vincent Miller officiating. Visitation will be 5-8 P.M., Wednesday, February 25, 2009 at the Olson-Schwartz Funeral Home, Bemidji, with a prayer service at 8 P.M. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church. Interment will be in Holy Cross Cemetery, Bemidji, Minn. Arrangements are entrusted to the Olson-Schwartz Funeral Home, Bemidji.

Theresa Peterson was born May 12, 1943 to Martin and Theresa (Jungbauer) Steininger in Bemidji, MN. Her parents immigrated to northern Minnesota from Germany. Her father was a logging mogul, and her younger years entailed growing up on a farm in Gemmell and also in a logging camp in Bigfork. Later the family moved to Northome where she graduated from high school. From there she went onto college for two years at South Dakota State University for nursing. After college Theresa worked for Doctor Franklin in Northome. Theresa then married Kenneth Peterson on November 26, 1966 and soon after they had two boys, Mark and Terry.

Theresa kept busy throughout her married life as a homemaker raising her boys. Her family moved quite often to follow her husband Ken's corporate career. Their first place of residence was the Twin Cities, and not liking all that hustle and bustle, the family moved to International Falls. Next the family moved to Grand Rapids where Theresa spent a lot of time taking her boys to hockey practice. In 1979 the family moved to Bemidji which became her family's real home, and where her boys graduated from high school. Later Theresa and Ken moved to Cloquet where Ken finished out his final corporate years, and finally in 1996 they moved back to Bemidji to retire.

Theresa's passion in life was her faith in God. She loved going to church, volunteering, and attending prayer groups. Theresa enjoyed needlework, gardening, pickling, cross country skiing, camping, and fishing. Although her family did not travel that much, the traveling that was done mainly evolved around fishing. Theresa really liked to fish, and she went many places with the family to do that. Theresa was a good cook, and she could make almost anything, especially wild game, taste good. Theresa was a good mother who was very proud of her family.

Although Theresa may never be remembered in the iconic ways that her husband Ken was, she will be remembered as a strong willed lady who did her best for those that believed in her.

Theresa is survived by her older son, Terry of Bemidji, her very special grandson, Nicholas of Bemidji, brother, Martin Steininger of Inver Grove Heights, MN brother, Max (Mary) Steininger of Eagan, MN, sister, Frances Steininger of St. Paul, MN, sister Elizabeth Steininger of St. Paul, MN, brother Joseph (Lynn) Steininger of Eagan, MN, brother Hubert Steininger of Flagstaff, AZ, uncle Karl Gollwitzer of Germany, as well as many cousins, nephews, and nieces.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her infant sister, Elizabeth, her son, Mark and her husband, Ken.

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