Agnes Dorene Peterson (1915 - 2011)

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WINTHROP - Agnes Dorene Peterson was born into this world in Middlefield Township of Buchanan County, on June 9, 1915, the daughter of Frank Holman Decker and Josephine (Phoene) Evelyn Gaffney Decker.
She grew up on a family farm that bordered the Buffalo Creek with her older brother Max and twin brothers, Ronald and Donald. She attended country school and graduated from Winthrop High School in 1932. She attended Iowa Normal College in Cedar Falls to become a teacher and taught for several years in a country school.
Dorene was united in marriage to Leonard Peterson on Nov. 28, 1935. Most of their married lives they lived in Winthrop; here they raised their son Leo. Dorene served as bookkeeper to Leonard's businesses of Great Plain's Lumberyard and Peterson Implement. She often said the happiest times were the years of married life, her love for Leonard, and his for her. Leonard died on Feb. 4, 1989.
She truly loved her creator and was a lifelong member of the St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Winthrop, and also belonged to the Catholic Daughters of America, the Holy Rosary Society, and the Order of Martha.
Dorene died on Friday, Aug. 19, at the West Village Care Center in Independence following a lengthy illness at the age of 96 years.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband and brothers.
She is survived by her son Leo Peterson of Redondo Beach, Calif.; her grandchildren: Jennifer (Rob) Wickwife of Agoura Hills, Calif.; Michelle (Jon) McKeig of the Woodlands, Texas; and Kristian Peterson of Redondo Beach, Calif.; and four great grandchildren: Lauren Wickwire and Ben, Natalie, and Rex McKeig; and many nieces and nephews.
A Mass of Resurrection Funeral was held Monday, Aug. 22, in St. Patrick's Catholic Church at Winthrop. Interment was in St. Patrick's Cemetery at Winthrop.
The Fawcett Funeral Home and Cremation services of Winthrop assisted the family with arrangements.
Published in Independence Bulletin-Journal from Aug. 23 to Sept. 23, 2011