Obit: Peterson, Evelyn E. #2 (1907 2000)
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Surnames: Peterson, Emerson, Johnson, Scholze, Koch, Simonson, Thoreson, Kock, Puffer, Hawley, Torgerson

----Source: Scrapbook Collection of Duane Horn

Peterson, Evelyn E. (19 Jan. 1907 16 Feb. 2000)

Evelyn E. Peterson

January 19, 1907 - February 16, 2000

Evelyn E. Peterson, age 93, of Merrillan, WI., and formerly of Black River Falls, died on Wednesday, February 16, 2000 in the Black River Memorial Hospital.

Evelyn was born on January 19, 1907 in the Town of Irving, Jackson County, to Edward and Molly (Johnson) Emerson. She was raised in the Town of Irving, and she graduated from Black River Falls High School in 1925. She taught school for one year at the Dresher School in the Town of Knapp.

Evelyn married Raymond L. Peterson on November 8, 1931 in Black River Falls. The couple lived in the Town of Albion, Jackson County. He preceded his wife in death on November 12, 1983.

Evelyn was a member of the Little Norway Lutheran Church, the Sewing Circle, and the Ladies Aid. She was also a member of the Prime Time Club.

Surviving are seven grandchildren Paul (Julie) Peterson of Alma Center, Roger (Michele) Peterson of Canton, Michigan, Beth Peterson of Black River Falls, Cathy (James) Scholze of Humbird, WI., Michele (Steven) Koch of Black River Falls, Barbara (Bradley) Simonson of Galesville, WI., and Craig Peterson of Hayward, WI.; thirteen great grandchildren; three sister-in-laws, Rachel Emerson, Esther Emerson and Gertrude Peterson, all of Black river Falls.

In addditon to her husband, Evelyn was preceded in death by two sons, Arland and Alan (Moose) Peterson.

Joint funeral services for Evelyn E. Peterson and her son, Arland R. Peterson, were held on Saturday, February 19, 2000 in the Little Norway Lutheran Church, rural Black River Falls. Pastor Clavin Thoreson officiated and burial was in the church cemetery. Relatives and friends called at Torgerson's Funeral Home on Friday from 6 until 8 p.m., and at the church on Saturday for one hour prior to services.

The family prefers memorials be given to the Little Norway Lutheran Church.

Honorary pallbearer was Robert Emerson.

Pallbearers were James Scholze, Steven Kock, Bradley Simonson, Michael Puffer, Eugene and Verland Peterson, Travis Hawley and Devere Emerson.

Mother dies within hours of son's death

A joint funeral service will be held Saturday in rural Black River Falls after a 93-year-old woman apparently died of natural causes within hours of her 67-year-old son dying of lung cancer.

Evelyn E. Peterson, of Merrillan, collapsed in a funeral home Wednesday morning while making arrangements for her son's service, funeral home staff said. Arland R. Peterson, of Black River Falls, died at the hospital Tuesday night, about 15 hours earlier.

"It will be a very unusual funeral," said the Rev. Calvin Thoreson, who will officiate the service at Little Norway Lutheran Church, "In 30 years of the ministry, I've never had a double funeral under any circumstances."

While two or more relatives have been known to die in an automobile accident, for example, the circumstances of the Peterson deaths are very different.

"Because they died in such proximity to each other, their family thought they would have a double funeral," Thoreson said.

Arland Peterson, who leaves a son and two daughters, worked at Days Inn in Black River Falls, said Chuck Torgerson of Torgerson's Funeral Service. Evelyn Peterson, who is believed to have suffered a heart attack was a former resident of Black River Falls, Torgerson said.



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