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Odell (Otte) Peterson


Odell Virginia (Otte) Peterson, 96, a redeemed child of God, was carried into eternal glory by her Savior Jesus Christ, on Monday, January 10, 2022.

On October 17, 1925 The Lord blessed William and Anna (Wille) Otte with the 11th of their 12 children, Odell.  She grew up and attended school in Randolph, MN.  She married W. Orin Peterson on October 18th, 1943. God blessed them with five children: Ornan, Onis, Odean, Orlene and Orlyn.  They named their farm in River Falls “O-Acres.”  They were actively involved as members of Faith Ev. Lutheran Church, River Falls and were also very involved in several organizations outside of church.

After Orin died in October 1997, Odell moved to Rochester, MN in April 1998 to be closer to family.  She continued to be very involved In the lives of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She lived in her own home independently until 2019 when she moved into an apartment in River Bend. She was a member of Resurrection Lutheran Church in Rochester until she died on January 10 (Orin’s 98th birthday). 

Odell was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Orin, her daughter, Ornan Burnham, all her Otte siblings and in-laws: Earl, Lavina (Clarence), Caroline (Alman), Lillian (Lawrence), Marian (Edwin), Milton (Dorothy), Mike “Karl” (Irene), Florence (Harold), Julia (Thomas), Dorothy (Milton), Dwain (Lorraine).

Peterson in-laws: Thomas (Coral), Marion (infant), Milton (Dorothy), Ruth (Emery), Glenn, Orville, Joyce (Norman), Helen (still born) and Ida.  An infant great-granddaughter Hadassah Sigrist, and many other relatives, and friends. 

Odell loved family and is survived by four of her children: Onis (David) Budde of Suamico, WI; Odean Peterson of Los Angeles, CA; Orlene (Gary) Johnson (legal address) Montello, WI; and Orlyn (Lisa) Peterson of Rochester, MN.  A son-in-law Vance Burnham of Houston, TX.  Eight grandchildren: Kimberly George, Anthony (Barb) Grant, Jeffrey Smith, Andrew Grant, Aaron (Heather) Peterson, Nolan (Stacy) Peterson, Kathryn (David) Sigrist, Abby (fiancé Conner Swanson) Johnson. Two Step-grandchildren: David John Jr (Amy) Budde, and Stacy (Matt) Ache.  Sixteen great-grandchildren: Rebecca (Benjamin) Jackson, Benjamin George; Gabriel, Micah, Jeremiah, Isaiah and Lydia Grant; William and Henry Peterson; Cora, Emmitt and Elsie Peterson; Hezekiah, Samuel and Lenora Sigrist.   Four step-great-grandchildren: Jude and Jake Budde; Logan Ache; and Kaydence Swanson.  In-laws: Walt Zanmiller and Edythe Peterson. Plus many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Due to Covid, a funeral service for immediate family only, will be held on Saturday, January 29th at 11 am at Resurrection & Life Lutheran Church, Resurrection Campus at 4520 19th Ave NW, Rochester. It will be livestreamed ( for those who cannot attend.  A Celebration of Life will be held this summer.  In lieu of flowers, the family asks you to give to some of Odell’s favorite charities: PanCan (Pancreatic Cancer Action Network),  St Jude’s Children’s hospital and Boys Town.  

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