Winnifred Ava Clair Kreber Peterson was born on a farm near Tyndall to Lawrence and Gladys (Ball) Kreber on August 19, 1925, and graduated from Tyndall High School in 1942. She attended Notre Dame Junior College in Mitchell where she earned a teaching certificate. During World War II, she worked in a defense plant in California.
On June 21, 1944 she married James E. Peterson in Fort Worth, TX, while he was in flight school. After the war they returned to Mitchell where he was an architect and they raised six daughters.
She was a member of Holy Spirit Parish, took a leadership roll in the Eugene Field Parent Teachers Association, Girl Scouts, Catholic Daughters, women’s golf association at the Mitchell Country Club and played in several bridge clubs.
She is survived by five daughters: Mary Arnold and Doug Arbogast of Brookings, SD; Beth and Raul Duarte of Lima, Peru; Carolyn and Ken Jacobson of Aberdeen, SD; Christine and Frank Yetka of Cloquet, MN; and Nancy and Matt Dennis of Tea, SD; twelve grandchildren: Mark and Ellen Arnold; Katryn, Lisha, Anne Marie (Paredes) and Stacy Duarte; Kerry Jacobson; Leah and David Yetka and Megan, Ashlyn and Kaitlyn Dennis and five great-grandchildren: Isaak, Gonzalo, Diego, Alejandro and Noah; one brother, Jerry and two sisters, Shirley and Carol .
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, her daughter, Susan Peterson, and three brothers: Lawrence, James and John Kreber and one sister, Jeanne.
A memorial fund has been established.