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Obituary for Helen Marie Peterson

Helen Marie Peterson, 90, of Stoddard, WI, passed away on March 31, 2020, at Vernon Manor Nursing Home, Viroquoa, WI. She was born on March 15, 1930, to Ernest and Ingeborg Graffin in Richland County, WI. On Feb. 7, 1953, she married John E. (Pete) Peterson. Helen was an Air Force wife, living in Fairbanks, AK; Bunner Hill, IN; Clovis, NM; Biloxi, MS; Wadena, MN; Adair Air Force Station, OR; and Vandenberg Air Force Base, CA. The family then settled in Stoddard, WI. Helen and Pete went on many trips over the years. They visited numerous scenic western sites including the Tetons, the Grand Canyon, and Crater Lake. On their 50th anniversary, they went to Australia and New Zealand. Helen was proceeded in death by her parents and brother, Richard Graffin. She is survived by her husband, Pete; son John II, his wife Leslie, and their son, Matthew of Lakewood CO; son David of La Crosse, WI; sister Elaine Herbison of Eugene, OR; sister-in-law, Genevieve Standfield of Wellington, OH; and numerous nieces and nephews and their children. A memorial service will be held at the Stoddard United Methodist Church in Stoddard at a later date. Burial will take place in the Stoddard Cemetery. The Jandt-Fredrickson Funeral Home and Crematory, Woodruff Chapel, La Crosse is assisting the family. Online condolences may be sent to