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Della Peterson

June 7, 1923-Sept. 8, 2008

Della J. Peterson, 85, of Moorhead, passed away unexpectedly at home on Monday, September 8, 2008.

Della Jane Askegaard was born to Clark and Sena (Thompson) Askegaard on June 7, 1923 in Comstock, Minn., where she grew up and graduated from high school. She then went on to Moorhead State College, where she received her teacher's certificate, and went on to teach in rural Baker, Minn.

On Oct. 20, 1943, Della married Lauren Peterson in Comstock. Together, they settled on the farm near Baker and raised eight children. While living on the farm, Della took care of the children and made many meals for the family and the hired men. In 1963, the couple received "Valley Farmer and Homemaker of the Year" honors. In 1978 they moved to Moorhead.

After her children were grown, Della worked several years for Carol's Craftique. Her biggest joys in life were her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. Her interests were crafts, bowling, golfing, cooking and baking, especially her brownies. She never missed sending a card to the people important to her on their special day. She will be dearly missed.

Surviving Della are her husband of nearly 65 years, Lauren; children, Collin Peterson, Carol (Hugo) Moeckel, Connie Budke, Margaret (Mick) Johnson, Mary Peterson, Trish (Kurt) Fischer and Karen (Hal) Dickelman; 16 grandchildren; 15 great grandchildren; sister, Olive Olsgaard; sister-in-law, Arluene Seter; and son-in-law, Greg (Cindy) Larson.

Preceding Della in death were her daughter, Muriel Larson; sisters, Clarice Hendrickson and Inez Rekansrud; and brother, Archie Askegaard.

Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 11, with a prayer service at 7 p.m., in Wright Funeral Home, Moorhead.

Funeral services are scheduled for 11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 12, at Westminster Presbyterian Church, Baker, with interment at Elmwood Cemetery, Sabin, Minn.

Wright Funeral Home in Moorhead is handling arrangements. An online guestbook and video tribute are available at