Nina “Lita” LoLita Peterson age 88 of St. Peter died Saturday, May 23, 2020 at the Benedictine Living Community of St. Peter.
A private family burial will be held. Please share a memory of Lita with the family at www.saintpeterfuneralhome.com. Cards can be sent to the Peterson family at 1050 Lake Susan Hills Dr., Chanhassen MN 55317.
Lita was born on October 11, 1931 in San Jose, California to Guy and Nina Baugher. After graduating from San Jose high school in 1949, she took a train to Minnesota to marry the love of her life, Conrad “Connie” Peterson. They had met and fell in love while Connie was working in California. Their marriage of 70 years began on February 28, 1950. They made St. Peter their home and began a family in 1952. They both worked at Johnson Overall Factory until it closed in 1977. Lita then went to work at Ace Hardware, where she was known as “the paint lady” until her retirement in 1992.
Lita enjoyed traveling throughout the United States, spending time with her grandchildren, playing bridge, and collecting rocking horses. She was known for her garlic bread and grilled chicken at the neighborhood picnics. She had a knack for being lucky and enjoyed spending her time and money at the nearby casinos.
Lita is survived by her daughters, Linda Peterson of North Mankato and Nancy (Russell) Birch of Chanhassen; grandchildren, Cary McMoran, Mandy (Ryan) Walter, Cortney (Rick) Galster, Nathan (Heather) Birch, Natalie (Jonathan) Patience, and Noah Birch; great-grandchildren, Ricky, Christopher, Charlotte, Oskar, and Oswald; and a sister, Maxine O'Haver.
Preceded in death by her parents; son, Gary Peterson; two brothers; and three sisters.