Loretta May Peterson age 82 of Westbrook, formerly of Brewster, passed away Friday, December 19, 2014 at Sanford Westbrook Hospital. Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, December 23 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Brewster. Visitation is 5:00-8:00 p.m. Monday at the Westbrook Funeral Home and will continue one hour prior to services at the church on Tuesday. Burial is in the church cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the MS Society. Online condolences may be sent via www.stephensfuneralservice.com. Stephens Funeral Service – Westbrook Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.
Loretta May was born January 29, 1932 in Westbrook, Minnesota to Fredrick and Eliza (Schaffer) Schultz. She graduated from Westbrook High School in 1950 and LPN school at the Swedish Hospital in Minneapolis in February 1953. On November 15, 1953 she married Lowell Peterson in Westbrook. The couple lived for several years in Tucson, AZ before moving to Heron Lake in 1961. Loretta worked 20 years in nursing at various hospitals and nursing homes before retiring in 1978 when she was diagnosed with MS. She moved to Brewster in 1973 and into Peterson Estates on May 15, 2010. Loretta was a very active member of the MS Society, as well as Ladies Aide, American Legion Auxiliary, Worthington Hospital Auxiliary, and Brewster Senior Citizen Center. She was a member of Heron Lake Lutheran Church from 1951-1973 when she joined Trinity Lutheran Church. Loretta was a very big sports enthusiast, and loved attending her grandchildren’s sporting events. She also enjoyed playing Scrabble and cards, and going for walks.
Loretta is survived by her children: Gary (Katie) of Minnetonka, Rick (Mary) of Luverne, and Roger of Coon Rapids; daughter-in-law Michaela Peterson of Plymouth; grandchildren: Nate (Jamie) Peterson, Emily Peterson, Jenna (Blair) Bathke, Maria McKinnon, and Sherryl (Chris) Koehnen; great-grandchildren: Carter, Andrew, and Owen Peterson, Jacob McKinnon, and Charlie and Claire Koehnen; brothers Donald Schultz of Westbrook and Darwin (Linda) Schultz of Lincoln, NE; and many other relatives and friends. She is preceded in death by her parents, husband Lowell, brother Floyd Schultz, sister-in-law Jane Schultz; and nephew Duane Schultz.