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    Thief River Falls - Naomi Peterson, 94, died Monday Sept. 17, 2012 at Oakland Park Communities, Thief River Falls.
    Funeral services will be held at at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 20 at the Evangelical Covenant Church in Thief River Falls, with Rev. Bert Foster officiating. Casket bearers include Pete Mosbeck, Dale Anderson, Punky Peterson, Byron Rostan, James Kieckbusch and Jordan Haugen. Honorary casket bearers include Naomi’s grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Interment will follow at the Clara Cemetery, Hazel.
    Visitation will be held from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 20 at the Evangelical Covenant Church in Thief River Falls.
    Naomi Ida Charlotte Johnson was born on March 31, 1918 in Hazel, the daughter of Bror Theodore and Emma Louise (Brink) Johnson. She attended first through eighth grade at Hazel, ninth through 10th grade at St. Hilaire, 11th through 12th grade at North Star School in Warren; and then Naomi spent two years at Gustavous Adolphus in St. Peter. She then returned home to take care of her father following the death of her mother.
    On Nov. 18, 1945, Naomi was united in marriage to Earl H. Peterson at Clara Lutheran Church, Hazel. They made their home on the Peterson family farm in Wyandotte Township of Pennington County and to this union, three children were born, David, Ruth and Stuart. They owned and operated a cattle and grain farm.
    Naomi worked as bookkeeper for the Grygla Co-op Store for a short time; later worked as a bookkeeper at Peterson Biddick, and then as a welder at Arctic Cat in Thief River Falls.
    She served as Wyandotte Township treasurer for 25 years and volunteered in the gift shop at Northwest Medical Center.  Naomi was a homemaker, her passion was her family. She enjoyed reading her Bible, fishing, gardening, walked two miles every day; she mowed her 2½ acres well in to her 80s, loved the outdoors, and always considered Sunday a day of rest.
    Naomi was a member of the Wyandotte Homemakers, taught Sunday school, was Sunday School Superintendent, and was a member of the Clara Lutheran Church and when it was closed became a member of the Redeemer Lutheran Church in Thief River Falls.  Following the death of her husband Earl in 1979, Naomi enjoyed attending the Evangelical Covenant Church in Thief River Falls.
    Survivors include three loving children, David A. Peterson, Ruth (Dennis) Pederson, and Stu (Margaret) Peterson, all of Thief River Falls; nine grandchildren, Heidi (Brian) Ames, Danielle Rabou, Summer (Bobby) Stringer, Steven Pederson, Shawna (Jim) Aman, Shelli (Shannon) Henrickson, Alicia (James) Kieckbusch, Ashley (fiancé, Jordan Haugen) Peterson and Tanner Peterson; nine great-grandchildren, Isabelle Ames, Brandon Stringer, Ethan Stringer, Calvin Pederson, Hally Aman, Colby Aman, Kenzi Aman, Tyler Kieckbusch, and Easton Kieckbusch; and several nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.
    She was preceded in death by her husband, Earl; brother, Rev. Roderick Johnson and sister, Mary Jane Sawdey.
    Family condolences may be sent at www.johnsonfuneralservice.com.
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