In Memory of

Mary A. Peterson

July 6, 1924 - January 7, 2022
From: Gowrie, IA

Gowrie – Mary A. Peterson 97, passed away Friday, January 7, 2022 at her home.  Graveside Services will be 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, January 12, 2022 at the Gowrie Township Cemetery, with Pastor Jim Davis officiating.  Visitation will be 12:00 p.m. Noon Wednesday until service time at the Palmer Funeral Home, Gowrie.  Memorials may be left to the discretion of the family.

     Mary is survived by her son Dennis Peterson of Gowrie; great-grandchildren, Brady Peterson and Harper Peterson; and granddaughter-in-law Kelly Peterson.  She was preceded in death by her husband Darrell Peterson; grandson Brad Peterson; and her parents, Sam and Ada (Blaser) Riedesel.

     Mary A. Riedesel was born July 6, 1924 at Des Moines, Iowa.  She graduated from Paton High School and Drake University.  Mary was united in marriage to Darrell Peterson on June 5, 1946, in Gowrie.  Mary taught school for many years at Prairie Community Schools.  She was a member of the First United Church in Farnhamville.

Graveside Services
1:00 p.m. - Wednesday
January 12, 2022
Gowrie Township Cemetery
Gowrie, Iowa
Pastor Jim Davis
12:00 p.m. - Noon - Wednesday
January 12, 2022
Palmer Funeral Home
Gowrie, Iowa


Tuesday, January 11, 2022 at 5:34 PM
“I send my sympathy to the family. Mrs. Peterson was my 4th grade teacher. She was one of my favorite teachers and an inspiration to me in pursuing my teaching career. I have many fond memories from my 4th grade year. She was always kind to everyone.
God bless your family during this time of grief.
Suzetta Franzmeier Lange”
- Suzetta “Franzmeier” Lange

Monday, January 10, 2022 at 8:51 AM
“Denny, I am so sorry to read about the passing of your mom. She taught my youngest sister (Beth). She has always been one of Beth's favorite teachers. Please know the wonderful influence she had on countless lives. May she rest in eternal peace.”
- Bill Nordstrom

Saturday, January 8, 2022 at 10:55 PM
“Dear Denny, Lori and I would like to extend our condolences. Your mom was my 4th grade teacher. I remember her as being one of my favorite teachers because of her thoughtful, caring ways. She definitely had a positive effect on all of the kids that had her for a teacher. God bless you for taking such good care of your mom over the years. May God give you his peace and comfort as you lay your mom to rest. May she rest in peace.”
- David Carlon

Saturday, January 8, 2022 at 8:35 AM
“Denny, So sorry to learn of your mother's passing. Where to begin with the memories? Our family's histories go way back -- through church, school and fraternal organizations. Your parents and mine enjoyed each others company on so many occasions. I enjoyed working with Mary through church and our women's group, through Eastern Star and was so fortunate to have her as my 4th grade teacher. Jerry recalls being with your father, Darrell in the Masonic Lodge. On many occasions, you were a frequent visitor of my brother, Mike, in our home in our growing up years. I can only imagine the reunion with your father Darrell and grandmother, Ada, who also was such a wonderful woman. Please accept Jerry and my condolences. Heaven has gained a beautiful soul.
- Shari (Ewing) Everhart

Friday, January 7, 2022 at 7:26 PM
“Denny, You have our sympathy in the loss of your mother. You have been a wonderful son to her. She had a wonderfully long life. I remember my mom telling me that my brother was in the first Kindergarten class your mother taught at Cedar Valley. Our daughter Holly, was in your mom's last class she taught in second grade at Prairie Valley. Your mom was one of Holly's favorite teachers, a part of why Holly loves teaching second grade at Ames Fellows elementary. I always admired and thought of your mom as a classy lady. Your neighbors.”
- Andrea and Gary Kuhn

Friday, January 7, 2022 at 5:42 PM
“Dear Dennis
We are so sorry for your loss. Mike and I will keep you in our thoughts and prayers In the days ahead. I always enjoyed talking with your mother. ♥️ Judy”
- Mike and Judy Ancell

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