Denise Hilma Adoria Peterson (Rowe) of Ogilvie, died peacefully in the home of her daughter, Diana Rowland, on Monday, May 13, 2019. She was 68 years old.
She was born on Feb. 19, 1951 in Laurium, Michigan to Arvin and Helen (Niemi) Rowe. As an only child she grew up in Hibbing and attended school there until moving to Bloomington. She finished her senior year at John F. Kennedy Senior High and graduated in 1969. She furthered her education by returning to school for an English degree as well as investing in her desire to help people by becoming a nurse. She attended Pine Technical College where she attained her LPN. She spent some time working at Kanabec Hospital but soon discovered her passion for teaching children. She enrolled in the Reading Corps, spending the last few years of her life working with children in Onamia and becoming a paraprofessional teacher.
She received Jesus Christ as her personal Lord and Savior in January of 1979 and developed an intense desire to understand the word of God. In addition, she was motivated in the following years to begin writing and has even been published in Moody Magazine with her personal testimony. She was an exceptional Bible Study leader, receiving training in the Precept Upon Precept Study in the 80’s (Kay Arthur, Outreach Ministries). Her love for Jesus and the scriptures drove her to share the gospel with many people as well as her walk with Christ and personal testimony.
After becoming diagnosed with Bulbar ALS in January of 2018, plans were made to move in with Diana, her second oldest. All four children agreed that she not be put in a nursing home as she would not receive the care given by Diana in the last 14 months of her life. Her youngest daughter, Davya, assisted Diana since February 2019 to give Denise the best care possible. With her four children surrounding her she left this world and is now with Jesus.
She is survived by her children: Deana (Edward Klarkowski) Engstrom, Diana (Cory) Rowland, Daniel Peterson and Davya Hippen; 11 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren (with another due in October) as well as many cousins.
A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, May 24, 2019, at Dresser-Methven Funeral Home in Mora with Pastor Jeff Smith officiating. Visitation will be from 1 until 2 p.m..
Arrangements by Dresser-Methven Funeral and Cremation Services.