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Genevieve Peterson

April 4, 1923 — July 20, 2017

Genevieve Peterson, 94, passed away on July 20, 2017, at Sanford Health in Bismarck, surrounded by her family.

Mass of Christian burial will be held at 10:30 am on Tuesday, July 25, 2017, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Mandan with Reverend Shane Campbell as celebrant. Burial will follow at Mandan Union Cemetery.

Visitation will be held from 6-8 pm on Monday, July 24, 2017, at Buehler Larson Funeral Home, Mandan, with a Parish Vigil at 7 pm. Visitation will continue one hour prior to the service at the church on Tuesday.

Genevieve Adele Peterson was born on April 4, 1923, on a farm in Glen Ullin, to Jochim and Clara Dietrich. At a young age, she moved to Mandan with her family. She grew up with five brothers which made her one tough lady who knew how to get things done.

In 1949 she married Sidney Peterson. Together they had seven children. Sidney died in 1974. She was a good and creative cook and could make what she had, go a long way. She was a very resourceful and hard working woman and “got a job everywhere she went” in her words.

She began working initially as a telephone operator and moved to MedCenter One where she worked for over 30 years as a ward clerk, CNA, medical transcriptionist, and surgical tech in OR. She retired at age 68 and immediately missed it. She then started volunteering and hauling around her grandchildren. Until her 80’s, she delivered Meals on Wheels to homebound men and women, who often times were younger than she was. She also spent many years working at AID Inc. volunteering for whatever she was needed for. She often took her grandchildren with her and taught them the value in helping others no matter your age. She loved gardening, crafting, quilting, ceramics, and new technology. Many of her children and grandchildren have quilts and ceramics that she made for them. She always wanted to try new things and quickly mastered them. She loved to travel to new places and often times would load up her children to take them places she wanted to see. Family was the most important thing to her, and she seemed to find distant relatives and friends everywhere she went. She often used these connections to get help for herself or others when she needed it. No one was a stranger to her and she made friends anywhere she went. Her greatest joy in life was being together with her family whether that was for holidays, traveling, family reunions, hunting, fishing, or camping. She loved to travel every winter to Texas and did this well into her 70’s. She lived independently until she was 91 years old at which time she transitioned to Sunset Nursing Home. She enjoyed telling us about her foosball games, jam sessions, and tongue physical therapy while she was at the nursing home. With every visit she encouraged her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren to work hard, be smart in school, and spend time with family.

Genevieve is going to be greatly missed by all who knew her. She is survived by her children, Yvonne (Bob) Russell, Mary (Bill) Lewis, Robert (Diane) Peterson, Shelley (Jamie) Gable, John (Kathy) Peterson, and Carla (Larry) Barrios; her grandchildren, Yvette (Mitch), Jason (Tina), Dawn (Brett), Rachel (Kyle), Kaylon (Nicole), Lindsey (Austin), Jessika (Brian), Ashley (Jacob), Mackenzie, Jacob, Samuel, Marnie; and her great grandchildren, Amber, Kyle, Raynee, Anika, Levi, Gabrielle, Owen, Andrew, and Savannah; her brother Gordon Dietrich; and many other extended family and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Sidney; her daughter, Beverly Peterson; and her brothers, Ben Dietrich, Patrick Schleicher, Robert Dietrich, Eugene Dietrich, and Christ Dietrich.




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