In Memory of

Phyllis G. Peterson

August 11, 1930 - January 24, 2019
From: Cherokee, IA

Phyllis Georgene was born in Yankton, SD on August 11, 1930, to Edna (Ideker) and George Lau.

Her childhood years were spent in the Hinton, Iowa area where she attended country school and graduated from Hinton High School in 1946. She received her teaching certificate from Morningside College and taught in a country school near Cleghorn. Through the years, Phyllis would continue her education by first becoming an LPN, and later an RN. She went on to earn a Bachelor’s Degree from Buena Vista College. In 1950, she married Gerald Peterson, and was blessed with three children, Pamela, Kelley and Brent.  Her family was expanded to also include Kenneth Fassler, Mark Peterson and Abbie Peterson (Smith) during their teenage years.

 Phyllis never grew tired of learning and reading, and was especially interested in history. Her curiosity about the world led to her to travel around the United States and beyond, including Germany, France, Spain and China. She also enjoyed sewing and cooking. She was an active member of Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Book Club and Neighborhood Club.

 On Thursday, January 24, 2019, Phyllis passed away at Accura Healthcare in Cherokee. She was preceded in death by her parents, a sister, Marilyn Stolpe, and granddaughter, Nicole Peterson.

 Left to cherish her memory are her children and their families: Pamela and Tim Christensen and children, Drew and Sky, of Carter Lake, IA, Kelley Clausen and son, Lance, of Kent, WA, and Brent and Mary Peterson and daughter, Natalie, of Cherokee; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

 In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Cherokee Public Library Book Fund (Cherokee, IA) and Lutheran Lakeside Camp (Spirit Lake, IA).

Tribute Video
Memorial services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, January 29, 2019, at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Cherokee.
Pastor Jean Morse
Visitation will begin at 2:00 p.m. Monday, with the family present from 5:00-7:00 p.m. Monday night at the Greenwood-Schubert Funeral Home in Cherokee.
Pianist- Joel Orthmann

"You Are Mine"
"Eternal Father Strong To Save"
"The Holy City" by Becky Lickiss
"A Mighty Fortress"
At a later date.


Tuesday, February 12, 2019 at 3:22 PM
“I am so sorry for Your loss. Phyllis had a welth of information about Her Lau Family and it was always an interesting visit both before and after the Nursing Home.”
- Betty Lau McCart
Thursday, January 31, 2019 at 8:10 PM
“So sorry to hear about Phyllis. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. Nicole and her can now bake and sew and chit chat all the time . R.I.P. Phyllis”
- Amy Strahmann Booher
Thursday, January 31, 2019 at 8:10 PM
“We are sorry to hear about your loss. We hope your pleasant memories overshadow the sadness of this day. Our prayers are with you today.”
- Donald E. Harms
Thursday, January 31, 2019 at 8:10 PM
“So sorry for your loss. The video is a great tribute to your mom.”
- Lee Ann & Dean Peterson
Tuesday, January 29, 2019 at 12:45 PM
“So sorry to hear of your mother's death. I really enjoyed the tribute video of your mom and family. Take care. Hope to see you next year,Pam, at our class reunion. Sincerely, Carol J. Coombs”
- Carol J Coombs
Tuesday, January 29, 2019 at 12:45 PM
“Thinking of you during this time. My deepest sympathies.”
- Jess Greene
Tuesday, January 29, 2019 at 12:45 PM
“Remembering your mother and her vibrant smile from our very early years as shirttail relatives in the Peterson family. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. ”
- Kathy Johnson Matthews
Monday, January 28, 2019 at 10:01 AM
“I’m so sorry to learn of your mom’s death. I really like the picture you chose for her memorial; it shows such life and joy, and that’s the way I remember her. May all those joyful memories help you at this time of sorrow, and may each day be a bit easier than the one before. ”
- Donna (Kolb) Hoadley
Monday, January 28, 2019 at 10:01 AM
“So sorry to hear about your loss, our thought are with you and your family.”
- Bill & Darlene Anfinson
Monday, January 28, 2019 at 10:01 AM
“Deepest sympathy. from Sharon, Dennis, Gaylon, and Craig Ideker”
- Dennis Ideker
Friday, January 25, 2019 at 4:18 PM
“Always enjoyed visiting with Phyllis in church in Christ Care, and later at the Nursing home.. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all”
- Karmen & James Hodgdon
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