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Cheryl Peterson

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March 2, 1945-March 9, 2009

Cheryl A. Peterson, 64, of Detroit Lakes, died Monday, March 9, 2009 at MeritCare Hospital in Fargo.

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Cheryl was born to Robert and Louise (Horton) Peterson on March 2, 1945 in San Francisco, Calif. She was raised and educated in Detroit Lakes, graduating from Detroit Lakes High School in 1963. She attended the University of Minnesota, graduating in 1967 with a Bachelor of Arts degree. Cheryl began working for the Social Security Administration as a claims administrator in Connecticut and Massachusetts. After retiring in 1994, she returned to Detroit Lakes, Minnesota.

During her retirement years, Cheryl became a master gardener. When her health failed she could no longer do gardening, so Cheryl did extensive research regarding gardening questions that people were having problems with. Cheryl also was very interested in genealogy.

Surviving Cheryl are her sister, Jackie (Dirk) Putnam of Detroit Lakes; brother, Tom (Patricia) Peterson of Chanhassen, Minn.; three nieces and one nephew. Her parents preceded her in death.

A memorial service is scheduled for 2 p.m. Sunday, May 17 at West-Kjos Funeral Home, Detroit Lakes; there will be visitation for one hour prior to the service.

Arrangements have been entrusted to West-Kjos Funeral Home. Those wanting to share memories and condolences are invited to use the funeral home's online messages of sympathy section at www.westkjos.com.

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