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Ronald Petersdorf

April 18, 1931 — October 3, 2013

Ronald (Ron) Ralph Petersdorf passed away on October 3, 2013 after courageously battling a long illness at the age of 82.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Tuesday, October 8 at 10:30 am at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Graceville, MN. Father David L. Breu will officiate.

Visitation will be Monday, October 7 from 5 to 7 pm with a Rosary at 7 pm at Mundwiler and Larson Funeral Home in Graceville. Visitation will continue one hour prior to the funeral at the church.

The ninth child of Herman and Ada (Thomas) Petersdorf, he was born April 18th, 1931 in Stevens County MN. His early years were spent on a farm in Chokio, MN until his family moved to Bemidji MN residing by a lake that would take their name. Ron early on learned to fish and hunt. He attended school in Wilton MN. In 1948 he enlisted in the United States Air Force and was honorably discharged in 1952. Ron became a journeyman mechanic and he and his brother Willy had a gas station and garage in Chokio during the 1950's. On June 29th 1957 he married Theresa Kleindl at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Graceville, MN. They made their home in Chokio. In 1959 their daughter Kristi was born. Shortly thereafter Ron took a job with Ford at the St. Paul assembly plant and moved his family to Roseville, MN. He worked for Ford for 30 years, and even stared in one of their commercials. Ron was a member of the UAW. In 1968 he moved his family to Farmington, MN, where he lived until the end of his life. He retired in 1990 and devoted his time to his family and his passions. Ron loved to fish and garden. He always grew enough vegetables to share with family and friends. He was generous with his time and helped many of his neighbors. Ron loved to tinker and fix things. As he grew older he became interested in cooking and was famous in several communities for his cashew brittle which he gave out at Christmas along with the recipie, which he kept handy in his wallet. He was very proud of both his daughter and grandson for completing doctorate degrees in psychology.

He is survived by his wife of 56 years Theresa of Farmington, MN, his daughter Kristi (Robert) Swenson of Cannon Falls, MN, grandson Peter Swenson, St. Paul, MN, and great-grandson Evan Swenson, also of St. Paul, MN, brother Curtis Petersdorf, OR, sisters, Faye Burud, MT, Carol (Walt) Holm, WI, Elmeda (Bill)Neuman MN, brothers and sister-in-laws, and many nieces and nephews.

He was presided in death by his parents; his unnamed infant son; his son-in-law Robert Swenson; brothers, Charlie, Hershel, and Willy, sisters Louise, and Eunice, and several brother and sister-in-laws.


Mundwiler and Larson Funeral Home - Graceville
102 Studdart Avenue
Graceville, MN 56240

Monday, October 7, 2013
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM


Holy Rosary Catholic Church
511 Studdart Avenue
Graceville, MN 56240

Tuesday, October 8, 2013
10:30 AM


Graceville Consolidated Cemetery

Graceville, MN

Tuesday, October 8, 2013
11:30 AM


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