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Deloris "Dee" Petersen, 87, of Park Rapids, died Monday, Feb. 3, 2014 at Pleasant View Care Center in Whiting, Iowa.

Deloris Clarine was born Jan. 3, 1927 in Hayward, the daughter of Harvey and Agnes (Jensen) Heegard. She was raised in Albert Lea, where she graduated from high school in 1945.

Deloris and Howard Petersen were united in marriage Sept. 15, 1946 in Albert Lea. To this union two sons were born, Steven and Kent. The family lived in Austin from 1951 until 1987 where she owned "The Windfall" gift shop. They have lived in Park Rapids since 1987.

Dee and Howard helped found the Fifth Crow Wing Lake Association, and she also wrote the "Wild Side" column for the Association's newsletter. She was devoted to her husband, children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

Dee loved being creative and enjoyed doing crafts and handiwork. She was an amazing artist. Dee also loved nature and going to casinos.

Survivors include her husband of 67 years, Howard of Park Rapids; two sons, Steven (Mary) Petersen of Bend, Ore. and Kent (Eileen) Petersen of Sloan, Iowa; five grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; two sisters, Lois (Roger) Bailey of Glenville and Jeanette Godtland of Albert Lea.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Harvey and Agnes; brother, Luverne; twin brother, Darrel; and sister, Marilyn Amerson.

A celebration of life service will be held at a later date.

Arrangements are under the direction of Rush Family Care Service, Onawa, Iowa.

Memorials may be directed in Dee's memory to Headwaters Animal Shelter, 901 Western Ave. S., Park Rapids, MN 56470.

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