Dorothy Ann Peterson

Memorial services were held Friday, August 2, 2019, at the Pioneer Lutheran Church of rural Gardar for Dorothy Ann Peterson, age 79, of Grayson, Ga. and formerly from Los Angeles, Calif. but originally from Gardar, who passed away on June 22, 2019, while at Benton House of Grayson, a senior living facility where she had resided for the past year and a half.

Posted 08/01/2019

Inurnment was at Pioneer Lutheran Cemetery, Gardar, and a Celebration of Her Life followed in the Gardar Lutheran Church Basement.

Dorothy Einarson was born November 21, 1939, in Grafton, the daughter of late Huskuldur and Gudrun Einarson. She was raised and attended school in Gardar, graduating from Gardar High School in 1957. She attended Mayville State University and obtained her teaching certificate in 1958. She later attended beauty school and became a hairdresser in 1960 and worked in the beauty industry for several years. She married Kristjan Harold Peterson on June 18, 1960, in Gardar. After they were married, Kristjan and Dorothy ventured out to Los Angeles, Calif., where they worked and raised their family. She returned to college in the mid 70’s for nursing.  She received her Associates Degree in Nursing from Los Angeles Valley College and then completed her Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing Management from University of La Verna, California. She enjoyed being a registered nurse and made many lifelong friends while working at Panorama Community Hospital in Los Angeles, Calif. She will be fondly remembered for her vibrant spirit, stylish dress, glamorous makeup and flashy jewelry.  She was musically inclined, playing the piano and trombone, and was known to yodel. She loved “Community Doings” in Gardar and was always one of the Gardar Girls! She loved to dance, especially when there was a good band playing. She was an enthusiastic supporter of any performance by her children and grandchildren and LOVED a good party, especially if there was decorating involved. She always had a big smile to share with the ones she loved, friends and family alike, but she loved her family above all and always put their needs before her own. She loved to shop with Sheri, bake with Kristjana, watch TV with Tyler, and color or play bubbles with Brynja. She loved to talk on the phone with Dan and Mike to hear the latest of what was going on with them. She always had a big HUG for Sean.

Dorothy is survived by her children: Michael Peterson, Daniel Peterson, and Sheri (Sean) Maxwell; grandchildren: Kristjana Maxwell, Tyler Maxwell, and Brynja Maxwell; her siblings Evelyn (Kenneth) Holand and Linda Palmer; and sister-in-law Kristine Koehmstedt.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and siblings Elizabeth Einarson and Virginia Tetrault.   

The Tollefson Funeral Home of Edinburg was in charge of the arrangements. An online guest book is available at: