Geraldine R. Peterson, 82, of Webster City, Iowa, died, Monday, July 9, 2018 at Windsor Manor Memory Care Center in Webster City, where she had been a resident since August 2016. A Celebration of Life Service will be held on Thursday, July 12, 2018, 11:00 AM, at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Webster City with Pastor Mark Eichler officiating. Burial will be at Graceland Cemetery in Webster City. Visitation will be held Wednesday, July 11, 2018 from 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Webster City. Funeral arrangements were made with Foster Funeral and Cremation Center.
Geraldine Rose Frette was born on May 5, 1936 on the family farm near Radcliffe, Iowa. She was the oldest of five children born to M. Roy and Grace (Reed) Frette. Geraldine was baptized on June 28, 1936 and confirmed on April 3, 1949 both at Landstad Lutheran Church in rural Williams, Iowa.
Geraldine received her education and graduated from Radcliffe High School with the Class of 1954. After graduation, Geraldine moved to Ames, where she was employed by Mutual Benefit. There she met several other young ladies and together they developed a friendship that continues today.
On September 29, 1956 Geraldine married John Neils Peterson at Our Savior's Lutheran in Radcliffe. Together they built their first home on Middle Street in Webster City, and raised their three children: Gerald, Jerita, and Joel. In 1988, John and Geraldine built their retirement home at the end of Middle Street. Geraldine continued to live there until moving to an apartment in 2013.
Geraldine's life as a housewife was grounded in her strong faith in God as she raised children, enjoyed grandchildren and great grandchildren, and as she helped family members, friends, and strangers in any way she could. Geraldine worked alongside and supported John as he grew their businesses especially Peterson Construction. John died of cancer in 1993, at the age of 57.
Geraldine was a member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church of Webster City where she enjoyed being a part of Lutheran Women's Missionary League (LWML). Geraldine traveled on several bus trips, attended church retreats, Bible camps, and music events; always sharing her love for Christ. She was a terrific cook, and gracious hostess, entertaining whomever, wherever and whenever. Geraldine spent as much time as possible at the family cabin at Clear Lake; making memories with family and friends.
She is survived by her children; Gerald (Janelle), Joel (Debbie) Peterson, and Jerita (Jeff) Nelson all of Webster City; grandchildren; Ashley (Robert) Larson, Jake (Katie) Peterson, Kristen (Ryan) Davison, Karl (Taylor) Peterson, Kari (Tyler) Patten all of Webster City; Brent Nelson of Blairsburg; and Jenna (Bryan) Swon of West Des Moines; great grandchildren; Reed and Ali Larson; Owen and Oliver Peterson; Kenzie Davison; Tessa Peterson; brothers; Ronald (Pat) Frette, Dennis (Jolene) Frette both of Ames, and Keith (Nancy) Frette of Sioux City; sister, Elaine (Larry) Brim of Webster City; brother-in-law Paul (Mary) Peterson of Atlantic; sister-in-law, Cynthia Peterson of Corning; several nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents and husband she was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Erin Peterson.
Blessed be the memory of Geraldine!
In lieu of flowers memorials may be directed to the charity of your choice in memory of Geraldine.
Condolences may be expressed online at www.fosterfuneralandcremation.com.
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Dear Gerald, Jerita, Joel and all of your fabulous families,
What a treasure Geraldine was to all of us! She was Mom’s dearest friend and I know Donna was there to greet her with open arms! They are having coffee in heaven and enjoying each other’s company once again!
Please know you are in my thoughts and prayers! Hugs to you all!
Kari (Horsfall) Muessig
Thinking of you all. Always considered the Petersons to be my 5th Rotary family. Had lovely times with you all eating homemade icecream especially. Love to you all Adelexxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Peace and blessings to you all. I remember Geraldine as a kind person and always a smile!
Wanted the Peterson family to know that the Otis Frette family are thinking of you during this difficult time. We've enjoyed your friendships over many years and we enjoyed seeing all of you.
I grew up across from the Peterson’s. Such a nice family and Geraldine always had a smile on her face. Hope your memories help your family through this hard time.
Geraldine was a wonderful lady. We had a lot of fun. Her family has my deepest sympathy. MaryClausen
So very sorry for your loss. Thoughts and prayers to you all.
Dear Peterson Extended Family.
Although I never got to know Geraldine , I can only tell you that Ray spoke highly of her and thought the world of her. He had nothing but great things to say and spoke well of her always. He'd been sadden to learn of her passing. May the great memories be of comfort to you all at this time of your loss.
Geraldine was the most loving and generous people I have ever met. She will be missed but I know she is resting in the arm of her Lord now. Rest in Peace Geraldine!
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