Susan's funeral was held on Tuesday, September 4th at Bittner Funeral Home in Mitchell, SD.
Variations on the following obituary were printed in the Mitchell Daily Republic and the Sioux Falls Argus Leader newspapers in the days preceding her funeral:
Susan C. Peterson Ph.D., 60, died Aug. 30, at Avera Brady Nursing Home in Mitchell from complications of Multiple Sclerosis. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 4, at 10:30 a.m., at Bittner Funeral Chapel in Mitchell with internment at Calvary Cemetery. Visitation will be held Monday, Sept. 3, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Bittner Funeral Chapel.
She was born in Mitchell on Oct. 26, 1946, to Winnifred Kreber and James E. Peterson. She graduated from Mitchell High School in 1964 and from Northern State College in 1968. After teaching English and history at Canby High School in Minnesota, she served in the Peace Corps in Malaysia.
She received her master’s degree in history from the University of South Dakota in 1976 and doctorate in American History from Oklahoma State University in 1979. A book based on her dissertation on the history of the Presentation Sisters in South Dakota was published by the University of Illinois Press.
Following a three-year term as a history professor at Yankton College, she joined the faculty of the History Department at the University of North Dakota in 1982.
Her Multiple Sclerosis had been diagnosed in 1978. After 10 years as a professor at UND, she retired because her MS had advanced, and she was no longer able to teach. She spent the last 10 years of her life in Avera Brady Nursing Home in Mitchell.
She is survived by her mother, Winnefred Peterson of Mitchell, and five sisters and 12 nieces and nephews. Her sisters are Mary Peterson Arnold and friend Doug Arbogast of Brookings; Elizabeth Duarte and husband Raùl of Lima, Peru; Carolyn Jacobson and husband Kenny of Aberdeen; Christine Yetka and husband Frank of Cloquet, Minn. and Nancy Dennis and husband Matt of Tea. She was preceded in death by her father, James E. Peterson.
Memorials left in Susan's honor will be donated to the McGovern Library at Dakota Wesleyan University. Donations may also be made directly to:
Memorial Fund at McGovern Library