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Gwen Leslie Petersen

August 15, 1975 September 20, 2013
Gwen Leslie Petersen
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Obituary for Gwen Leslie Petersen

Ocheyedan, IA

      Gwen L. Petersen, age 38, of Ocheyedan, IA was born on August 15, 1975 in Sibley, IA to Mavis Kruse Hoffman and the late Arlen Petersen. She attended the Sibley/Ocheyedan schools. Gwen worked at Wal-Mart in Worthington, MN since the opening of the store. She has two beautiful daughters, Summer Kruse and Katelyn Rodenberg. Gwen was engaged to Brian Swarthout in November of 2012. She was diagnosed with Mesothelioma in January 2013.
      Gwen loved her daughters very much. She was a devoted mother to them both. Gwen loved to watch their sports activities, church activities, and school activities. She loved to spend time fishing with the girls and being a mom. She enjoyed going on motorcycle rides with her fiancé, Brian. She loved spending time with all her family members. Gwen loved life and spending it with people. She always had a smile and positive attitude. Anyone who met her became her friend. Those who met her enjoyed her laughter and her smile the most. Gwen died early Friday morning September 20, 2013 at Avera McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls, SD.
      Gwen is survived by her two daughters, Summer and Katelyn; her fiancé, Brian of Ocheyedan, IA; Gwen's parents, Mavis and Tom Hoffman of Ocheyedan, IA; her brothers, Kelly Petersen (Sheri Johnson) of Ocheyedan, IA, Jamey Petersen (Tracy Rosenberg) of Ocheyedan, IA, and Mike Petersen (Shelly Van Ede) of Worthington, MN; sister, Shauna Carroll (Jeff Carroll) of Sibley, IA, and many nieces, nephews, great nieces, one great nephew, aunts, uncles, and cousins. She was preceded in death by her paternal father and maternal and paternal grandparents.
      Memorial services will be held on Tuesday, September 24, 2013, at 11:00 a.m., at the American Lutheran Church in Worthington, MN, with Rev. Gary Anderson officiating.

Visitation will be from 5-8 pm on Monday, September 23, 2013 at the American Lutheran Church.

Benson Funeral Home is coordinating the arrangements.


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