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Obituaries Beverly Ann Peterson

Beverly Ann (Cook) Peterson, 56, Bowbells, ND, died Saturday, July 30, 2005, at Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor, ME, following injuries sustained in a bicycling accident.

Beverly was born Aug. 26, 1948 in Minot, ND, the daughter of Lytle and Florence (Erber) Cook. She grew up on a farm northwest of Towner, ND, and graduated from Towner High School in 1966. She received her bachelor�s degree and later her master�s degree in nursing from the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks.�It was there where she met her husband Jeffrey Peterson.�They were married on Sept. 13, 1969 and were together for 15 years before they divorced in 1984.

Beverly owned and operated the Burke County Abstract Company in Bowbells, ND, for 25 years.�She was always a nurse at heart and could often be found taking blood pressures, giving shots or answering health related questions in the community.�She also worked at the Kenmare Community Hospital for 30 years. During the last year of her life she was a nursing professor at The University of South Dakota in Vermillion.

Beverly was a devoted mother to Beryl (31) and Brendt (29). She was always there when they needed her even if it meant traveling across state lines in a blizzard.�Her granddaughter, Brynann (1) was the joy of her life. Bev shared her life with Robert (Bob) Bjorgan who also has her passion for bicycling. Together they biked the Natchez Trace and made several trips, including California to Florida, Florida to North Dakota and North Dakota to Maine.

It was often said that Beverly was cool in crisis. She ran a tight ship in whatever she was doing and people respected her for it.�She was never afraid to speak her mind, a bit stubborn, willing to stand up for the little guy, and totally devoted to the people she loved.�All in all her life should remind us all that it�s never too late to follow your dream and you can do whatever you put your mind to.

Beverly died doing what she loved the most with Bob at her side.�Her passing has left a hole in our hearts and lives that will never be filled.� ��

Beverly is survived by her mother, Florence Cook, Towner, ND; her best friend, Robert (Bob) Bjorgan, Kenmare, ND; her daughter, Beryl (Byron) Olson, Yankton; her son, Brendt Peterson, Denver, CO; her granddaughter, Brynann Olson, Yankton; two sisters, Jean Bitney, Chesapeake, VA, and Diane (Greg) Pretzer, Madison, AL; several nieces, nephews, cousins and other family members.

She was preceded in death by her father, Lytle Cook, and her brother, Irvin Cook, both of Towner, ND, and by all of her grandparents.

Funeral services were Saturday, Aug. 6, at 11 a.m., at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Bowbells, ND, with burial in Union Cemetery, Towner.

Visitation was Friday, Aug. 5, from 2 to 7 p.m. at the Thompson-Larson Funeral Home, Bowbells.

Robert C. Walz

Robert Chaussee Walz (�Grampy Bob�) died of congestive heart failure on July 9, 2005, in Salt Lake City, UT.

He was a loving father, grandfather, great-grandfather, uncle, brother, and friend. His greatest joy in life was spending time with family, friends, and new acquaintances alike.

Bob added spice to the lives of those who knew him.

Grampy Bob was born in Vermillion, on May 13, 1920. After high school and a year at The University of South Dakota, he took a job with the City of Vermillion. Across the street from city hall was a bowling alley, and it was there he began a relationship with Jean DeHaven, his high school math teacher. Their later marriage in Great Falls, MT, where Bob served in the Army during World War II, was proof that great things can begin in unusual places.

Bob and Jean had three sons, Robert DeHaven of Kansas City, MO, Stewart Chaussee of Salt Lake City, UT, and Clark Allen, who died last year while serving as a minister in Erie, PA. Bob was loved by his daughters-in-law and granddaughters, Merrill (Robert) and Juli Ann (Devan) Monroe, Mary Beth (Stewart) and Ashley Marie, and Julie (Clark) and Sarah Ruth. He was also loved by his great-grandson, David Michael Monroe.

After a career in public service in Vermillion and Brookings, Bob moved with Jean to Salt Lake City to be near Ashley Marie and her parents. After Jean�s death in 1991, Bob continued to live in Salt Lake City and spent the last seven plus years among friends at the Parklane Apartments. Known for his teasing sense of humor and collection of zany tee shirts and sweatshirts, Bob was loved by many.

In addition to his sons and their wives, his granddaughters, and his great-grandson, Bob is survived by his nieces, Kristin Anderson, Carolyn Wickens, Linda Ames, and Julie Condon. He is also survived by his sister Glen Farmer. Grampy Bob finally has peace and quiet.

Bob and his family are grateful to the residents and staff of the Parklane Apartments, to CareSource (hospice), to Home Options Senior Health Care, to his long-time physician and friend, Dr. Frank Yanowitz, and to family and friends for their love and support. In lieu of flowers, donations to the American Heart Association are suggested.

Memorial services were held at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 6, at the Parklane Apartments. Interment was private. Funeral arrangements were provided by Evans & Early Mortuary.

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