NORTHVILLE — LaVaun “Bonnie” Marie Peterson, 93, of Northville, died Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013 at her home. Her funeral will be Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013 at 10:30 a.m. at the Northwestern United Methodist Church in Mellette. Reverend Jon Damaska will officiate. Burial will be in the Northville Cemetery. Visitation will be Wednesday from 1-7 p.m. at Thelen Funeral Home in Redfield. www.thelenfuneralhome.com
Bonnie was born August 14, 1919 in Mansfield, to Victor and Lena (Nierman) Smith. She grew up in the Northville area and graduated from Northville High School. Bonnie married her high school sweetheart, Hubert Peterson, in 1938 and they lived on the Peterson family farm. They farmed, raised livestock and milked cows for many years. Bonnie enjoyed raising chickens and the many pheasant hunters they hosted on their farm. She was known by “Granny” to most of the Northville area residents. For many years she ran a restaurant in Northville called Granny’s and the Aberdeen sale barn café. Hubert and Bonnie retired, from the farm and moved into Northville.
Bonnie was a member of the United Methodist Church and United Methodist Women and Order of Eastern Star. She was the oldest living resident of Northville and the oldest member of the Northwestern United Methodist Church. Granny enjoyed baking and attending all sporting events of her children and grandchildren.
Bonnie is survived by her three children: Connie (Al) Stover of Redfield; Kendall (Linda) Peterson of Northville; and Kim Peterson of Northville; nine grandchildren and nine great grandchildren. She is also survived by two sisters: Victoria Perry of Aberdeen and Audrey Boschee of Mellette.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Hubert in 1993, her grandson Phillip in 1993, three sisters and one brother.For the complete article see the 01-22-2013 issue.
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