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Dorothy Peterson

March 28, 1920 — January 22, 2017

Hawarden, Iowa ~ Dorothy M. Peterson, 96, of Hawarden, died on Sunday, January 22, 2017 at the Hillcrest Health Care Center in Hawarden.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 1:00 p.m. Saturday, January 28, 2017 at the St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Hawarden with Father Doug Klein officiating. Burial of the cremated remains will follow at the Calvary Cemetery in Le Mars, Iowa. The Porter Funeral Home in Hawarden is assisting the family. Condolences may be sent to

Dorothy Marie Peterson, the former Dorothy Wilhelmi was born March 28, 1920 in Le Mars, Iowa to Frank and Mary Frances (Block) Wilhelmi. She was raised in the Struble-Le Mars area.

She was united in marriage to Henry G. Peterson on February 18, 1941 at the St. Joseph Catholic Church in Struble, Iowa. They moved to Hawarden, Iowa in 1952 where her husband was in partnership with Vollmar-Peterson Shoe Store, later named Peterson Family Shoe Store.

In her younger years, she enjoyed bowling, ceramics, flower gardening, and playing cards. She loved taking care of her grandchildren and enjoyed her great-grandchildren. She was a very active member of the St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Hawarden for over 50 years. She was a member of St. Mary Guild, where she served as president, she sang in the church choir for 20 years, taught CCD classes for nine years, and served as an Eucharistic Minister for 35 years. Dorothy was also a foster grandparent for several years at West Sioux Elementary school in Hawarden.

Her husband Henry passed away in April of 1999.

Survivors include five grandchildren, Mark (Maria) Opdahl of Orange City, Iowa, Missy (Jeff) Eilts of Ireton, Iowa, twins, Mike (Jennifer) Opdahl of Rochester, Minnesota, Matt (Connie) Opdahl of Sioux Center, Iowa, and Molly (Steve) Green of Hawarden;12 great- grandchildren; 2 great-great-grandchildren; a brother, Frank Wilhelmi and wife Colleen; sisters, Marian Bobzien, Patricia Blum, and Dolores Grady; and a sister-in-law, Pat Wilhelmi.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Henry; 3 daughters, Carole Peterson, Lynn Opdahl and her husband Larry, and Jane Peterson; 2 brothers, Robert Wilhelmi and Edward Wilhelmi; 2 sisters, Sister Mary Marcia R.S.M. and Rosella “Boots” Wilhelmi; 2 brothers-in-law, John Peterson and Verlyn Bobzien; and 2 sisters-in-law, Viola Peterson and Marge Wilhelmi.

Mass of Christian Burial

1:00 PM ,Saturday, January 28, 2017
St. Mary's Catholic Church of Hawarden
1121 Avenue L Hawarden, Iowa 51023
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