Margaret “Janee” Peterson

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Janee Peterson, 84, Minot and formerly of Sherwood died on Thursday, September 1, 2022 in a Minot healthcare center surrounded by loving family.

Margaret Janee Peterson was born on October 15, 1937 in Tacoma, Washington to Earl and Svea (Nelson) Williams.  She was raised and educated in Tacoma until 1952 when she moved to Sherwood to live with her Grandma Margaret Nelson. She graduated as Valedictorian from the Sherwood High School Class of 1955.

Janee was once married to Gary DesLauriers and they are the parents of Blaine, David, Cathy, MaryLynn and Todd. They made their home on the family farm near Sherwood.

Janee excelled at farm family life. She cooked, cleaned, gardened, canned fruits and vegetables, and mowed lawn. She was an expert seamstress, a master baker-even making wedding cakes. She was the neighborhood barber and hair stylist. She worked hard in the fields, side by side with the guys, and could outwork any hired man.

Janee was very active in community, school and church activities.  She served on the Sherwood School Board for several years. She drove a school bus route and also enjoyed driving students to numerous extracurricular activities. She loved to attend all of her children’s and the community’s athletic, music and other school events. She was a loyal SHS Wildcat!  

She loved spending time with the family’s many friends and wonderful neighbors. When there was down time on the farm or after church on Sundays, it was common to have several neighbors stop by for brunch after church, cards, cribbage, or Yahtzee games. There was always a pot of coffee on the stove and several homemade goodies to enjoy.

Lake Metigoshe was her true happy place. She loved the water, especially water skiing (she was still skiing at 60+ years of age). She taught numerous friends, neighbors and family’s children to water ski. She acquired many lifelong friends at the lake and enjoyed spending time there immensely.  According to Janee, the sun always shined on Lake Metigoshe and if it wasn’t, it was only five minutes away!

Janee married Harry Peterson in May 1996 and they made their home in Apache Junction, Arizona and Lake Metigoshe. After Harry’s death, Janee moved to Minot in March of 2018 where she resided at ProHealth.

Janee is survived by her children: Blaine (Kathy) DesLauriers, David (Marsha) DesLauriers, Cathy (Curt) Dahly of Minot, MaryLynn (Earl) Engh of Sherwood and Todd (Lori) DesLauriers of Eagle Lake, MN; grandchildren: Britni (Terry) Schmalz, Brock (Elly) DesLauriers, Brooke (Lance) Norlin, Kelsy (Ryan) Sys, Danya Dahly, Joshua (Mary) Dahly, Jenny (Matt) Undlin, Jared (Virginia) Engh, Kalli (Tony) Smith, Lexi (Anthony) White, Karli (Riley Swearingen) DesLauriers, and Brady DesLauriers. She has twenty-five great grandchildren who would light up her face with joy when they visited. Janee is survived also by several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Janee was preceded in death by her parents, husband, great granddaughter, Maggie, who was her namesake and siblings: Lucille, George, Erlene and Jerry.

Public Visitation: September 24, 2022 from 10:00 a.m. to noon in the Thomas Family Funeral Home-Minot, ND.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the donor’s choice.


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