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December 13, 2017

12/7/2017 8:54:00 AM
Theresa Petersdorf

Theresa Petersdorf, 87, of Cannon Falls, died on November 17, 2017, at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis.

Theresa Elizabeth Kleindl was born July 2, 1930, in Graceville, MN. She was the daughter of John and Margaret (Ehrnst) Kleindl. Theresa lived on the family farm near Barry, MN, and attended school in Barry and then Graceville. She moved to Graceville with her family in 1947 and graduated from Graceville High School in 1948.

She worked at Laske's Grocery in Graceville for a number of years until her marriage to Ronald Petersdorf on June 29, 1957, at Holy Rosary Catholic Church. Ron and Theresa were blessed with one daughter, Kristi, in 1959 while living in Chokio, MN. Shortly thereafter, the family moved to Roseville, and then to Farmington, where they remained until the passing of her husband in 2013.

Theresa enjoyed flower gardening as well as vegetable gardening, as she and Ron had an extensive garden. She spent summers cooking and canning their abundant produce. Theresa and Ron spent many days during the summer fishing, often times with their grandson. Theresa was artistic and crafty, sewing and making many decorative items.

Theresa had a life-long appreciation for frogs. As a child live frogs often made their way into the laundry in her pockets. As an adult, she collected frog decorations of all types, amassing what might be one of the largest collections of frog knickknacks in the state. Following her husband's passing, Theresa moved to an apartment in the Twin Rivers facility, near her daughter in Cannon Falls. There she befriended nearly every other resident and was quite active with arts and crafts.

She is survived by her daughter Kristi (Robert) Swenson of Cannon Falls; grandson Peter Swenson (Joanna Imm) and great-grandson Evan Swenson of St. Paul; brother Lawrence Kleindl of Clinton, MN; sister-in-law Margaret Kirkey of Alexandria; brothers and sisters-in-law, and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband Ronald Petersdorf; her parents; her unnamed infant son; her son-in-law Robert Swenson; brothers Willy, Francis, Clarence, Alvin, Johnny, Edward and Joe; sisters Rosie and Margaret; and many brothers and sisters-in-law as well as several nieces and nephews.

Mass of Christian Burial was held on Wednesday, November 22, at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Graceville. A memorial will be held at Twin Rivers Senior Campus on Saturday, December 9, at 2 p.m. with lunch to follow.

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