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Dorothy Peterson

Dorothy S. Peterson, 94 of Carrington, ND, passed away Sunday, August 19, 2018 at Golden Acres Manor of Carrington.

Dorothy, known to her family as “Dot”, was born to Helen (Linde) and Anthony Schuster of Melville, ND on May 24, 1924. The youngest of three children, she attended grade school in Walters Township in Stutsman Co. and graduated from Carrington High School in 1942. Like many rural students of the time, Dorothy boarded in town and spent weekends on the parental farm. After graduation she worked at the Carrington JCPenney store for five years.

In June of 1947, she married Curtis Peterson of Dodgeville, Wisconsin. Many of their travels were family visits to Wisconsin. Four children were born to them; a daughter, Lynne, and three sons, Roger, Rick, and Bruce.

Dorothy was a “stay at home mom” until 1967 when she accepted the job of deputy treasurer for Foster County. She was appointed treasurer in 1978, following the death of Florence Smith and served in that position for over 19 years. She was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, the VFW Auxiliary, and the American Legion Auxiliary.

Her husband Curtis suffered a debilitating stroke in 1972 and Dorothy cared for him at home while continuing to serve as treasurer. In 1992 Curtis moved into Golden Acres. Dorothy resigned from the treasurer position in 1998 following a severe illness and joined Curtis at Golden Acres. Curtis passed away later that same year.

Dorothy is survived by 3 sons; Roger (Veronica), Walnut Grove, CA, Rick, Martinez, CA, Bruce (Barbara), Auburn, CA; her son-in-law, John Holmes, Washington, DC; eight grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

She is preceded in death by her husband Curtis; her parents Anthony and Helen Schuster; her daughter Lynne; one brother Ben (Coralee) Schuster; and one sister Ruth (Ervin) Messmer.

Visitation: One Hour Prior to Service

Funeral Service: Friday, Sept. 7, 2018 at 10:30 AM at Trinity Lutheran Church, Carrington, ND

Burial: Carrington Cemetery, Carrington , ND

Posted Condolences:


  1. I was honored to have known Dorothy. She was truly remarkable.

  2. Omg….where do I begin. My heart hurts, this amazing woman was a surrogate grandma to me. Many great memories! Prayers of comfort to all the families and friends whose life was touched by her.

  3. Auntie Dot was truly one of a kind! Always the gracious hostess when our family of eight arrived at any time of the day or night on our road trips to the Midwest.

    My condolences to the family.
    HE IS RISEN and we shall arise!

  4. I was privileged to work with Dorothy and then seeing her monthly at GA while Roger played music. She was a very special lady and our deepest sympathies to all her families. We purchased her sons farmstead and met the other boys also. Hope we can see everyone while they are home. All our love and Prayers.

  5. I have such fond memories of Dorothy as my Girl Scout leader. I remember meeting at the Courthouse and also around the round table in her home. Though I have not seen her in probably 50 years, my memories of Dorothy are fresh and happy. My sincerest condolences to her family.

  6. So sorry to hear of Aunt Dot’s passing. Our family usually visited N.D. in the fall around my birthday. One year we were there for my birthday and Aunt Dot had a birthday party for me. Very special lady! May she rest in peace!

  7. I recall Aunt Dot and Uncle Curt coming to Wisconsin on their motorcycle when they were married. At age 7, I was so impressed….a memory that has always been with me. When Aunt Dot and Uncle Curt visited the “Peterson clan”, it was an event we all enjoyed…seeing our “North Dakota cousins”!!! So many fun times. Aunt Dot was a special lady – we corresponded frequently in the past couple of years. She was my “pen pal”. Our condolences to her family – she always loved writing about them, and how thoughtful they were. She was a bright light in my life. Craig and I both enjoyed the many carefully colored pictures she sent to us. She will be so happy to be re-united with Uncle Curt and her daughter Lynne. We will miss her!

  8. Auntie Dot will always be remembered for her positive attitude in the face of any kind of challenge. I enjoyed visiting her on my trips to North Dakota and Wisconsin to visit relatives. She will definitely be missed. I love you, Auntie Dot. Enjoy heaven!

  9. Many memories of growing up with you guys came to mind when I read of Dot’s death.
    We will be unable to attend the service but will keep you in our thoughts.
    Elwyn & Diane


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