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“All of my best. ”
1 of 15 | Posted by: Sophia Avants - Los Angeles, CA

“May God Bless and keep her soul. May God Bless her. The Viking loss a great fan.  Amen ”
2 of 15 | Posted by: Ron - AZ

“We will miss your mother.. our thoughts and prayers are with your families..David, Lisa, & Amy KoldenJosh & Amanda ”
3 of 15 | Posted by: David & Lisa Kolden - Milbank, SD

“Mike, I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your mom!  My mom knew her column well.  It's such a sad thing for a parent to pass away.  ...Read More »
4 of 15 | Posted by: Joy (Braun) Gorr

“Jackie and Mike,  So sorry for your Mom's illness.  I really am glad that you called me Jackie, so that I got out to visit her.  We...Read More »
5 of 15 | Posted by: Londa Rambow - Morris, MN

“I just wanted to say what a wonderful woman Phyllis was.  I'm sure she left quite a legacy of wisdom, recipes, and good advice.  My prayers...Read More »
6 of 15 | Posted by: Jason Browen - Cartersville, GA

“Jackie and Mike I wanted you to know of all the memories that I have of your mom, the most recent one I have, I will cheris the most. When I last saw...Read More »
7 of 15 | Posted by: Diane Solvie - Morris, MN

“Our deepest sympathy to Michael & Jackie. Phyllis was a great person. We had many of talks down at the club. She will be missed by anyone who knew...Read More »
8 of 15 | Posted by: Earl and Evie Beyer - Morris, MN

“Jackie and MikeMy deepest sympathy to both of you during this difficult time.  I have so many fond childhood memories of your Mom and Dad and...Read More »
9 of 15 | Posted by: Beth Schultz - Edina, MN

“What a wonderful and kind lady ! Our sympathies to your family. ”
10 of 15 | Posted by: Dick and Karla VanMoorlehem - MN

“you are in our thoughts &prayers ”
11 of 15 | Posted by: Vicky Lee- Larrow - Marvin, SD

“My sympathy to Jackie and the Peterson Family. Phyllis was a friendly, kind person. I always enjoyed our visits together. Heaven has a new shining...Read More »
12 of 15 | Posted by: Lisa Cain - Morris, MN

“Sorry to hear of your loss.  Phyllis was a good person.  May your heart be filled with comfort and heaing from this loss. ”
13 of 15 | Posted by: Evelyn Schmitz - Chokio, MN

“To Jackie, Mike and families: You have my deepest sympathy for the loss of Phyllis. I always enjoyed visiting with her, she was a very special lady...Read More »
14 of 15 | Posted by: Linda Anderson - Morris, MN

“My deepest sympathy to Fr. Mike and Jackie and all of your family.Phyllis was a good friend and she enjoyed life.Know she is now enjoying a better...Read More »
15 of 15 | Posted by: Joan Hanrahan - Morris, MN

Phyllis Joan Peterson was born February 23, 1940 to Ralph and Harriet (Kolden) Bachel in Morris, MN. She grew up on a farm south of Alberta where she had many friends; people as well as animals. After graduating from Alberta H.S. in 1958, she lived briefly in Minneapolis. Her education and employment were cut short when she returned to Morris in 1960 to help her mother care for her father, Ralph, who passed away from cancer in September 1960.


Months later she met Elwood "Jack" Peterson on a blind date and 6 months later they were married on July 15, 1961. In their marriage they had 2 children; Jacqueline and Michael.


Phyllis had a variety of jobs throughout her lifetime. She worked for years at Henry's Candy Co. and then finished her receptionist career at the Morris Sun Tribune. They later employed her as a columnist, writing the famous "Phyllis' Fixins".


Phyllis enjoyed a variety of activities. She loved watching the Minnesota Vikings, especially with her friends at the American Legion. She was a wiz at crossword puzzles, usually completing the whole puzzle very quickly! Her other favorite pastimes included taking care of her other "son" Figaro the cat, going on country drives (especially to Duluth and Blue Cloud Abbey) and trying new recipes. Before her illness, Saturday night Mass was something she never missed.


She was preceded in death by her parents, Ralph and Harriet and by her husband, Jack. We are sure they are so happy to be with Phyllis once again! She will be sadly missed by her daughter, Jacqueline Stanger (husband Peter), Abercrombie, N.D, her son, Father Michael Peterson of Blue Cloud Abbey, 3 grandchildren; Hope Agnew of Abercrombie, ND, Andrew Agnew of Minneapolis and Taylor Agnew of Madison, WI, 4 bonus grandchildren, Shelby, Anthony, Andrew and Elizabeth Stanger of Chaska. She will also be missed by her cat, Figaro now of Abercrombie, ND. Also survived by Betty Kolden, Curt Kolden, Alvina Nelson, Eloise Neitzel, Luella Peterson and Harold Peterson.


Pallbearers will be Andrew and Taylor Agnew (grandsons) and Arnold, Jerry, David and Kirk Kolden (cousins).

Phyllis' family wishes to extend a special thank you to ALL of you who took such good care of her the last 10 months. It means more than we can say.

Funeral Home
Pedersen and Starbuck Funeral Homes
101 South Atlantic Avenue Morris, MN 56267
Tel. (320) 589-3220