It is with sadness that we announce the peaceful passing of our Mom, Grandma and Great Grandma Stella Genevieve Peterson at the age of 93 years and 9 months. After visits from her grandchildren Stella passed away at Heritage House in Stettler surrounded by her son Ray and wife Darlene, daughter Donna and husband Ken and granddaughter Deb and husband Darren. She will always be missed by her family who loved her dearly. Stella was born in Arelee, Saskatchewan, the middle child of Alice Dorothy and James Geddes Young. Growing up she always wanted to be a teacher, this did not materialize for her. That was too bad as she was a kind, patient and caring person.
She moved north from Arelee to Sikip, in the Dorintosh area, on October 2, 1932. She married Roy Peterson on November 28, 1933. To this union two sons were born – Ray in 1935 and Dell in 1936. Roy passed away at their farm on October 21, 1937. She carried on the best she could. On March 2, 1942 she married Albert Peterson. They had one daughter Donna in 1946. They remained on the farm at Sikip, west of Dorintosh, until they moved into Dorintosh in 1946. In 1951 they moved to Meadow Lake making it their home until moving to Lloydminster in 1967 where their daughter and husband lived. Albert passed away September 20, 1978. She remained in Lloydminster until Donna and Ken moved to Stettler, Alberta. 1989 took her back to live in Meadow Lake where both her sons and their families lived. She lived in the Villa until moving to Stettler to be close again to her daughter. She lived in Paragon Place until she could no longer keep up with daily living chores. The decision to move into the Nursing Home came February 14, 2001. During this time she had the devastating loss of her son Dell on July 13, 2002 due to health reasons. She moved into Heritage House for her remaining years, and while there suffered the loss of her youngest sister Edna on August 31, 2007.
Predeceased by her parents James and Alice; first husband Roy Peterson, second husband Albert Peterson; son Dell; sisters Ada (Cyril) Baker, Edna (Cliff) Erickson; brother Lyle; niece Fayona Parision; Stella is survived by a son Ray (Darlene) of Stettler; daughter Donna (Ken) Dyck of Stettler; grandchildren & great grandchildren, Deborah (Darren) LaRose, Rick, Rob, Laine, Koltyn, Kali – Lyle (Tracy) Peterson – Troy (Jodi) Peterson, Kayla, Ryley – Tami (Ken) Mok, Dustin, Feona, Keegan – Dixie (Darry) Seidel, Jeffery (Charlene) Seidel, Meagan (Chris) Rae, Randa – Jody (Harold) Alkestrup, Jason (Amanda) Alkestrup, Joey (Chris) , Dana – Kevin (Shannon) Peterson – Tanya (Kelly) Adams, Jayelle, Mitchell, Ethan – Jamie (Dayna) Dyck, Matthew, Mason. She is also survived by her sister Dorothy Palmer of Prince Albert, numerous other family and a host of special friends. Stella passed away peacefully on February 17, 2010.
Funeral services were held on Monday, February 22, 2010 at 2:00 PM with Rev. Barbara Zimmerman officiating. Dana Alkestrup, Barbara Zimmerman and Gerry Bennett read tributes that were written by several family members. Stettler Senior Choir led the hymns and also sang an anthem. Pallbearers were Lyle Peterson, Troy Peterson, Kevin Peterson, Jamie Dyck, Darren LaRose, Ken Mok, Darry Seidel, Harry Alkestrup and Kelly Adams as Stella was interred at Lake View Cemetery, Stettler, Alberta. Family and friends gathered in the Heartland Fellowship Hall for a time of sharing and a luncheon provided by the Stettler U.C.W. Memorial donations may be made in Stella’s name to the Stettler Health Services Foundation – Heritage House or to the Alzheimer’s Society.
Stettler Funeral Home & Crematorium
entrusted with the care and arrangements. For further information please call 403-742-3422.