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Harriet Peterson

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Feb. 25, 1917-March 2, 2009

Harriet E. Peterson, 92, of Detroit Lakes, died Monday March 2, 2009 in Emmanuel Nursing Home, Detroit Lakes.

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Harriet Elizabeth Hemmer was born the daughter of Fred and Alice (Kelley) Hemmer on Feb. 25, 1917 in Litchville, N.D. In 1922, Harriet moved with her family to Hastings, where she grew up and attended school, graduating from Hastings High School. She continued her education at Valley City State University in Valley City. She taught rural school near Litchville, Galesburg and Horace, N.D. On Dec. 22, 1940 she married Arthur Peterson in Moorhead. The couple and their family lived in various communities, where Arthur was a school principal. Arthur died March 25, 1966.

Harriet continued to make her home at Horace, where she continued teaching. She later attended the University of North Dakota, and received her degree in 1971. Harriet retired in 1982 and moved to Valley City. For the last six years, Harriet made her home with her daughter Brenda Enget in Audubon.

Harriet was a member of Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Valley City, the church circle of Our Savior's, the Valley City Area Retired Teachers Organization and the Mercy Hospital Auxiliary. She enjoyed reading, cooking, baking and being a seamstress. Most of all she loved her grandkids.

Surviving Harriet are her four daughters, Sharon (Gary) Syvertson of Brainerd, Alice (Wayne) Deck of Wichita Falls, Texas, Connie (David) Pedersen of Williston, N.D., and Brenda (Jerry) Enget of Audubon; eight grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren.

Preceding Harriet in death were her husband, parents and one brother, Kenneth Hemmer.

Visitation will take place from 2 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, March 4 in the Lerud-Johnson-Schuldt Funeral Home, Valley City, continuing for one hour before services in the church Thursday morning.

Funeral services are scheduled for 11 a.m. Thursday, March 5 at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Valley City, with the Rev. Randy Schlecht officiating. Interment will be in the spring at the Memory Gardens Cemetery near Valley City.

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the Lerud-Johnson-Schuldt Funeral Home of Valley City, N.D.

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