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Carol A. Peterson

January 29, 1923 October 3, 2012
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Carol Albert Peterson, 89, resident of Frederic, WI died peacefully on Wednesday, October 3, 2012 at Burnett Medical Continuing Care Center.

Carol was born January 29, 1923 at home near Trade Lake. He grew up on the family farm, helping with field work and caring for the animals. He went into the service and was in Germany during part of WWII. He was united in marriage to Ardell Torell in June of 1947. Together they had four children, Susan, Kathy, Arlen and Dwight. After Ardell was killed in a truck accident, he remarried to Irene Fisk who had two children, Michael and Patty from a previous marriage. Three daughters were added to the family, Wendy, Wanda and Tammy.

Carol purchased a portable sawmill which he took on site to cut lumber for his customers. Eventually he started Peterson Lumber and Wood Products located on Spirit Lake. He also developed a resort and campground across the road from the sawmill. Birchwood Beach started with four cabins on the lake and a few campers parked side-by-side. Development of the wooded hills by the lake made room for many private, peaceful seasonal campsites. After his son, Dwight and his wife, Nancy purchased the resort, Carol was semi-retired but still loved helping out.

Carol was an active member of Trade Lake Baptist Church for most of his life, being a deacon, trustee and on many committees. He was a member of the Gideons for many years. He also was on the Frederic School Board for nine years. He was honored to be the tassel-turner when his daughters, Tammy and Wanda graduated.

In his later years he wrote his life story in a book called, “From Then ‘Til Now”.

Carol was preceded in death by his mother, Helen; father, Albert and wife Gladys; sisters, Arlene Lee, Bernice Monus, Dorothy Baker, Pearl Hughes and husband Ray, Bobby Peterson, Loretta Peterson and Alice Maki.

He is survived by his wife, Irene; children, Susan Larson of Luck, Kathy Wilcox of Hamilton, MT, Arlen Peterson of Lake Haven City, AZ, Dwight Peterson and wife Nancy of Frederic, Michael Peterson of Frederic, Patty Swenson and husband Rick of Frederic, Wendy Larson and husband Lydell of Frederic, Wanda DiMartinis and husband Dana of Easton, MA, Tammy Zarn and husband Paul of Frederic; 23 grandchildren and many great-grandchildren, Brothers and Sisters, Gene Peterson, Ruby Turner and her husband John, Florence Dahl and her husband Bob, Linda Anderson and her husband Ken, Frances Parsons and her husband Rick, Joyce Polk and her husband Bob, Carole Petry, Murriel Skoug and her husband Dave.

Funeral services will be held at Trade Lake Baptist Church in Trade Lake Township on Monday, October 8 at 11:00 a.m. with Rev. Merrill Olson officiating. Visitation will be held at the Rowe Funeral Home in Frederic on Sunday, October 7 from 4 to 7 p.m. and again at the church on Monday beginning at 10:00 a.m. Carol will be laid to rest at Union Cemetery following the service.

Online condolences may be left at . Please continue to check this website for updated information or call Bruce Rowe at 715-327-4475.

Rowe Funeral Home of Frederic, Wisconsin has been entrusted with funeral arrangements.
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