Gloria Luanne Klima Peterson, age 82, of Dassel, died Sunday, Feb. 5, 2017, at the Cokato Manor.
She was born Sept. 16, 1934, at the family home in Collinwood Township, Meeker County, Dassel, to John and Mamie (Skorpik) Klima, the youngest of four children. She was baptized Dec. 19, 1943, at The Congregational Church in Silver Lake.
Gloria attended Lamson Country School, and graduated from Dassel High School in 1952.
She married Randall Archie Peterson Feb. 9, 1957, at the Congregational Church Parsonage in Silver Lake. The couple made their home in rural Dassel on Randall’s home farm; and in 1970, in retirement, in a new home built across the road from the farm.
After the cows were sold, Gloria found employment at Nortronics, later Fabritek in Cokato; The Market Place Deli in Cokato, and Hojie’s Restaurant in Dassel. She was a hard worker; detasseling corn, helping with farming and milking, and later helping Randy on weekends as he mowed the Meeker County parks.
Gloria enjoyed handwork, especially crocheting, and made and sold some of her handwork. She also enjoyed gardening and sharing the bounty of her gardens and fruit trees. Gloria was a good cook, taking pleasure in people enjoying her food, and she made wonderful, tasty kolaches.
Gloria’s special joy in life was the many cats she lovingly cared for over the years. She couldn’t turn away a stray cat, but instead took them in and added them to the family.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Randy, in 2000; her parents, John and Mamie Klima; sister Delores Klima Peterson; brothers Harvey Klima, and Milan Klima, sister-in-law Joanne Johnson Klima; and niece Linda Klima.
Gloria is survived by her sister-in-law, Esther Klima; nieces Wendy (Larry) Ringgenberg, Debbie (Steve) Plamann, and Pam (Tony) Hand; nephews Ron (Ruthie) Klima, Gary (Nita) Klima, James (Kari) Klima, and Michael (Julie) Klima; great nieces and nephews; and other relatives and friends.
A funeral service took place Thursday, Feb. 9 at 2 p.m. at the Johnson Funeral Home in Dassel, with the Rev. Timothy Wheatley officiating; followed by interment at the Dassel Community Cemetery.
There was visitation one hour prior to the service at the Johnson Funeral Home in Dassel, which handled the arrangements.