Longtime resident of Estherville/Emmett County, Helen G. Peterson, 95, died March 28, 2012 in a Shawnee, Kan, nursing care center. Born in Estherville, Sept. 9, 1916, to Augustine and Julia Anderson, Helen lived most of her life in Estherville on the Peterson family farm southwest of town. She attended Estherville Public Schools and graduated from Estherville High.
She married Mack J. Peterson April 16, 1938. They were in retail business for three years before moving to the farm where she lived until 2004. While her husband Mack farmed, she was first a cosmetic and next a men's clothing salesperson. She was also interim Chamber Secretary. Beginning in 1962, taking a portion of the farm Mack and Helen built Riverview Golf Course. Simultaneously, Helen became a real estate salesperson, and eventually Estherville's first woman real estate broker, forming Helen Peterson Real Estate. In addition, she was a Democrat Committee Woman, a member of the Emmet County Board of Adjustments, various real estate boards and listing services while still managing the Riverview Clubhouse. Though ending her other business earlier, she continued to operate the golf course for several years after Mack's death. She retired on the farm for several years, before moving to Shawnee in 2004 to join her immediate family for her remaining years.
Besides her husband Mack, she was preceded in death by her parents and her stepfather, Harry Sims; her brothers, Kenneth, Robert, Everett and Edward Anderson. She lost two young sons, Scott and Randall Peterson. She is survived and will be missed by her son Mike Peterson (Arliss Bebo Peterson) her grandchildren, Rebecca, Bradley (Kathy) and Craig Peterson and five great-grandchildren, Jennifer, Andrew, Matthew, Jane and Kyle Peterson.
Helen G. Peterson
Following a family viewing March 30 and cremation in Shawnee, there will be a public memorial and burial rites for Helen at 9:30 a.m., Saturday, April 14, at East Side Cemetery in Estherville. A coffee will follow at the VFW.