Dorothy Peterson


Dorothy PetersonDorothy B. Peterson age 98 of Westbrook went home to be with her Lord on January 30, 2017 at Westbrook Good Samaritan Care Center.  Memorial services will be held at a later date.  Online condolences may be sent at  Stephens Funeral Service – Westbrook Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.

Dorothy Bernice (Fellman) Peterson was born December 2, 1918 in Pipestone, Minnesota to Benjamin and Minnie (McBroom) Fellman.  She grew up in Pipestone and graduated from Pipestone High School.  Dorothy attended Mankato Commercial College becoming a bookkeeper/secretary.  She moved to Westbrook and worked at various businesses until 1950 when she accepted the position as secretary at Westbrook Public Schools which she held for 45 years until retiring.  Dorothy was the beloved wife of Leonard Peterson for 53 years.  She enjoyed reading books, doing puzzles, playing cards, and knitting.  Dorothy was also a musically talented person who played the piano, violin, and viola.  She was a congregant of the Westbrook Trinity Lutheran Church.

Dorothy will be greatly missed by her two sons Gilmore (Karen) Peterson and their three children, and Darrell (Janice) Peterson and their four children; her 14 great grandchildren; as well as many other relatives and friends.  She is preceded in death by her parents, husband, and brother Lloyd Fellman.


  1. Eunice Christensen says:

    HI, Petersons…..I was sorry to hear of Dorothy’s passing. What a lovely lady she was. WOW! Forty-five years as school secretary. That is so impressive! … And she was a GREAT secretary. Always so pleasant, when I was in high school, and then later, when I was working as a substitute teacher. She had such patience, and always a smile on her face. What a great p.r. person she was for our school! It can be said that she enriched the lives of all who knew her. Cherish all the good memories of this wonderful woman! She will be missed!

  2. Our sympathies to the Peterson family. Dorothy was a very sweet, wonderful lady. She always had a smile on her face and always made everyone feel special. I so enjoyed her as secretary at the school..she had the most beautiful penmanship!! With sympathy

  3. Steve and Mary Larson says:

    My sincere sympathy. She served the school well. She was my cousin Bernice Bashan’s roommate for a few months. Always nice to visit with her. She was such a kind person and willing to help everyone.

  4. Connie Peterson Stenke says:

    I want to extend my sympathy to your families. The last time I saw Gilmore was at my brother Gayle’s funeral. She lived a very long life doing what she liked. God bless her memory. My maiden name was Connie Peterson. I will watch for a notice when the memorial service takes place.

  5. Del (Penny) Cohrs says:

    As a close friend and classmate of Darrell’s it was my priviledge to know Dorothy very well. The fond memories of her and “Lenny” will always be with me. Lenny and my Dad were great fishing partners and it is a great comfort to know they are all together again. My sympathies to all of her family, she will be greatly missed.

  6. Steve Kjorness says:

    Dorothy was a mainstay at the Westbrook school for 45 years, as a bookkeeper, secretary and a counselor to so many students, teachers, board members, parents and administrators. I was fortunate to have her as a mentor and guiding light. Dorothy was first a friend and confidant who led by example. The Minnesota school finance system is wrought with difficulty. She mastered the system and that was a boom to six superintendents and the Westbrook district. She treated everyone fairly and with compassion. Dorothy was a blessing to us all , living a life of service and dedication.
    A wonderful lady who will sorely be missed. Blessed be her memory. Steve and Cathy Kjorness

  7. Hello to the Peterson’s. My deepest condolences. I grew up very near where Dorothy and Lenny lived. They were good neighbors to be sure. I can’t count how many times Dorothy helped me with this or that at the school office. Westbrook was a better place for her being there. She will be missed by many.

  8. Glen Ramsborg says:

    Fond remembrances of Dorothy in the school office. Always pleasant and helpful. My sympathy to the family. God bless you in having a life time of memories.

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