Albert Dale Peterson
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Peterson, Albert Dale age 85, of Bloomington, passed away peacefully after battling congestive heart failure for many years. Preceded in death by his wife, Betty Peterson; great-granddaughter, Melissa Lynn Swartz; parents, Albert and Edith Peterson. He is survived by his loving family, daughters, Sandy (Terry) Maddaus, Cheryl (Garry) Leeman, Cindy (John) Koch; grandchildren; Shannon (Todd) Lesteberg, Jodi (Drew) Squires, Wendy (Mark) Custer, Jayson Leeman, Amanda Leeman, Tara (Matt) Jokela and Emily Koch; great-grandchildren, Tanner and Kylee Lesteberg, Jack and Lilly Squires, Hayden Jokela, Nathan and Brendan Custer; sisters, Audrey Doerr; sister-in-law, Tillie (Wilmer) Schmidt; special friend, Del Peterson. Funeral Service Friday, October 5th, 2012, 3 PM at Christ The King Lutheran Church, 8600 Fremont Ave. So. Private Interment Fort Snelling National Cemetery. Visitation Friday 1 hour prior to service at church only. Memorials preferred to Christ the King Lutheran Church or Martin Luther Manor. www.GILLBROTHERS.com BLOOMINGTON MN 952-888-7771

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Published in Star Tribune from Oct. 3 to Oct. 5, 2012.
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October 17, 2012
Dear Cindy, Cheryl, Sandy and Families,
It seems like Albert was part of the Koch family for so many, many years. When we first met him he was very active running around to functions be it cards or dancing etc. As the years went by he slowed down a little but he always wanted to be surrounded by family... and he was. I know that my Mom and Dad (Ralph & Peg) and Mary Jo's Mom (Phyllis) will be happy to welcome him in the fold again but in a better place. My funniest memory was of Albert and Phyllis in their later years sitting around the Bon Fire in lawn chairs watching Jerry & Fritz shoot off fireworks. It was a beautiful July night and I heard them reminiscing how they both used to get around much easier and how in the Ol' days they could dance all night but their legs just didn't have it in them any more. Well just about then a "rogue" fire cracker shot right at them and you never saw 2 elderly people jump out of their chairs faster in your life!.. It whizzed so close by Phyliss's that her earring fell off. The look on their faces as they stood there trying to figure out what had just happened to them was PRICELESS. Once I knew they were okay I just couldn't stop laughing... and they joined in also. I don't think they even thought they could move that fast and it surprised them. Here's hoping they are in heaven sharing the moment with Ralph and Peg as I am now.
Kathryn Koch
October 6, 2012
Dear Sandy, Cheryl, Cindy and families and Audrey. We were saddened to hear of your Dad's passing. Please know you have our deepest sympathy.We have many fond memories of times spent with both of your folks. Last time we seen him was when he came to Harold's 80th birthday party.After he moved out of his house we didn't have an address for him so were not able to keep in touch, but we thought of him often and always inquired about him when we saw any one that knew him.He was always fun to be around.
Sincerely,
Harold & Lillian Anderson
October 4, 2012
Dear Cindy, Emily, John and the rest of Albert's family,

Albert was a truly gentle man and a gentleman. He will be greatly missed by all of us. Please know that our thoughts are with you and that he is in a better place. Another star has been added to heaven and he will always shine brightly. Just think of the poker games that our fathers have going........
Lori, Gary and Aunt Joyce
October 4, 2012
August 2011
Dear Cindy, Cheryl, Sandy and families,

Little did we know that when John introduced Cindy and Tara to the Koch family in 1989, that we would also be lucky enough to gain another family member by the name of Albert Peterson! We loved him from the moment we met him!

We have had many great times together celebrating holidays, birthdays, parties, etc.

Jerry always loved listening to his hunting and fishing stories, (especially with his hint of a Swedish/Minnesotan accent!), playing Texas Hold 'Em (Jerry says Albert always had a good poker face and when he was getting low on change, would always say "well, I guess I can dig up a little more"), and watching sports on TV (definitely on Thanksgiving!).

I will always remember his warm hug and kiss upon every meeting and departing, and how he was always so happy to have spent time with us, and told us so...

Albert loved and was so proud of all of you. He has left a beautiful legacy in a wonderful family and in the kind and gentle man that he was, and always will be in our hearts and memories!

I'm sure he's in heaven visiting with all who went before him and probably dancing with the ladies and playing cribbage with Ralph!

We love you all!

Jo and Jerry
Jerry and Maryjo Koch
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