Rosemary Peterson


Rosemary PetersonRosemary Peterson age 92 of Westbrook passed away Monday, September 22, 2014 at Springfield Medical Center. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, September 27 at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in Westbrook. Visitation is one hour prior to services at the church. Interment is in Westbrook Cemetery. Online condolences may be sent via Stephens Funeral Service – Westbrook Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.

Rosemary Donahue Peterson was born July 28, 1922 in Westbrook Township, Cottonwood County, Minnesota to John and Mary (Moriarty) Donahue. She was baptized and confirmed in the Catholic faith. Rosemary was united in marriage to Roy Herbert Peterson at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church on January 13, 1945. She attended Bean Lake Country School to 8th grade, and one of her greatest achievements was receiving her G.E.D. from Westbrook High School in 1989. Rosemary was a homemaker and enjoyed canning and preserving fruits and vegetables, and her lovely plants and flowers. Roy and Rosemary enjoyed visiting family members in Texas, California, Michigan, and many other states. She was a member of St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in Westbrook. Rosemary loved doing crafts and needlework. She resided at Peterson Estates in Westbrook from September 2008 until September 2010 when she became a resident at St. John’s Circle of Care in Springfield.

Rosemary is survived by her children: Herbert (Mary) of Fair Oaks Ranch, TX, Mary Joan (Gary) Busswitz of Currie, Judith (Bruce) Rhoda of Windom, Timothy of Custer, SD, Steven (Sue) of Sauk Centre, Larry of Inver Grove Heights, Warren (Nicki) of Jeffers, Andrew (Kathy) of Glenwood, and Bob (Carrie) of Foley; 13 grandchildren; 5 step-grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her parents, husband Roy in 2008, brothers Clarence, Marion, Floyd, Melvin, and Jesse, sisters Alicia, Camilla, Alda, and Adelaide, and infant son James.


  1. Scott and Julie Harvey says

    Larry and family members
    So sorry to hear about the loss of your mother. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
    Scott, Julie, Ben and Will

  2. Eunice Christensen says

    Rosemary’s family……Please know you have my sincere sympathy. I was thrilled when I read that one of Rosemary’s greatest achievements was receiving her GED. I am so happy that I was her instructor, and that she was diligent and had the tenacity to continue her studies when she was a senior citizen. She was a delightful lady, and certainly very intelligent. Teaching her was a great privilege for me! I will never forget the graduation ceremony with her, and how proud I was of her accomplishment. Our lives have all been enriched by knowing and loving Rosemary.

    • Tim Peterson says

      Thank you so very much Eunice for helping her accomplish that achievement. I am one of her Son’s and remember the day like yesterday.
      Take care

      • Tom and Clarice Kappes says

        Tim and the rest of Rosemary’s family, So sorry for your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Tom and Clarice

  3. Dean and Susan Michaelson says

    Bruce and Judy, our thoughts and prayers are with you in the loss of your mother, Judy. You had such a special mother and daughter relationship for so many years. You have so many memories that will last your lifetime and such a great family to share them with for the years to come. We didn’t really personally get to know Rose; however, knowing the wonderful daughter she had, Judy, speaks for the fantastic mother she was. We wish you strength in this most difficult time.

  4. Kristafer Skjervold says

    Our thoughts are with you.

  5. Arlan Karschnik says

    I am sorry for your loss to the whole family, and to Warren who I knew, more than the rest of the family. you have my sympathy.

  6. Mike and Marilyn Peschges says

    Mary Joan, Larry, and all, our heartfelt sympathy on your mom’s passing. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Love, Mike and Marilyn Peschges

  7. Elizabeth Morphew & Family says

    Our thoughts are with all of you.

  8. Pamela (Schmitt) and Greg Bastien says

    Lovely lady, lovely family, dear classmate, Tim, and all of you. She led a great and interesting family, and Roy and her were a very sweet couple. My sweet and loving thoughts to all of you. LIke the Schmitts, filled up the pews at church in Currie and Westbrook.

  9. Pat & Dona Dillman says

    Tim & Family we are sorry for your loss.

  10. Gene and Maydelle Kronback says

    Our sincere sympathy to all of Rosemary’s family. I remember Rosemary when she lived in PE by the hospital.
    She was a very sweet and caring lady. May all your memories be a source of comfort to you in the days ahead.

  11. Karen Vaupel Gries says

    To the entire Peterson family – I am sorry for your loss. Rosemary was a wonderful lady. I remember her so well…St. Anthony Parish – her kind words, laugh and wonderful smile!! Her legacy and that of Roy lives with the entire family!
    Karen Vaupel Gries

  12. Recently heard of Rose’s passing. My deepest condolences to the entire family. Cherish the memories of the years she shared with us left behind.

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