Ellery Olof Peterson of St. Peter died November 18th at the Benedictine Living Community. He was born on March 26, 1927 in Bradford Township, Isanti County, Minnesota, to Olof and Esther Peterson. He graduated from Cambridge High School in 1944 and immediately enlisted in the Army. He graduated from Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter in 1949 where he later taught for 35 years, retiring in 1990. Ellery was an active member of First Lutheran Church, the Rotary Club and Kiwanis Club. He was mayor of St. Peter from 1992 to 1996. In 2010 he received the Nicollet County Outstanding Senior Citizen Award.
On October 4, 1952, Ellery married Aileen Anderson. After her death in July of 2000, Ellery married Carol Hanson on January 6, 2001. He was predeceased by his parents, wife Aileen, and an infant son. He is survived by his wife Carol, his sister Lenore McBroom, five children: Kristin (Tracy Close) Peterson, Craig Peterson, Carolyn Schulze, Kathy (Bruce) Wilking, and Joel (Darleen) Peterson; twelve grandchildren: Brian (Erin Winchell) Kleinke, Nathan Kleinke, Laura (Jim) Goodman, Jenelle (Doug) Peterson, Kyle Schulze, Colin (Stacy) Schulze, Karissa Schulze, Caleb Schulze, Carl Wilking, Blake (Alyssa) Wilking, Derek Wilking, and Drew Peterson; and two great-granddaughters: Mabel and Indie Goodman. Additionally, Carol’s four children, twelve grandchildren, and thirteen great-grandchildren welcomed ‘Papa’ Ellery into their lives and their hearts.
The family would like to thank the staff at Ecumen Prairie Hill, Benedictine Angel Wing, and Mayo Hospice for the wonderful care that Ellery received and the many friends and family members who visited him and made his last days more peaceful. He will be greatly missed.
A service celebrating Ellery’s life will be held at First Lutheran Church, St. Peter, on Saturday, December 5th at 11 a.m. Visitation will be at the church from 4 – 6 p.m. on Friday and 10 a.m on Saturday. The committal service and inurnment will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, December 7th at Long Lake Lutheran Church, Isanti, Minnesota. St. Peter Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.
Memorials are preferred to the “Ellery and Aileen Peterson Scholarship Fund” at Gustavus Adolphus College or to First Lutheran Church.