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July 2, 1936 - June 24, 2020
Service Date July 25, 2020
A memorial service will be held on Saturday July 25, 2020 with visitation 1 pm and service to follow at 2 pm at Central Assembly of God in Superior for family and everyone that knew her.
Vivian June Peterson, (83) a long-time resident of Superior, WI has slipped peacefully away to the loving arms of her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on June 24, 2020 after a courageous struggle with prolonged illness.
Vivian was born on July 2, 1936 to Albert and Mae Runquist, in Lakeside, Douglas County WI. She grew up living along the banks of the Middle River in a modest two-room log cabin built in 1899 by her father and grandfather Gustaf Runquist. As a young girl, she learned to maintain the huge family garden, tend dairy cows, gather eggs, and fish the river for trout. Her family worshiped at Lakeside Baptist Church, where young Vivian enjoyed sermons spoken in Swedish by her great uncle, Axel Dahlin. She attended Wentworth Elementary School. In 1944, her family moved to Superior near Elmira and 31st Street; a convenient location for her father Albert who worked the railroads. She never forgot the Sunday morning she put her trust in Jesus for eternal salvation at the Ogden Avenue Baptist Church when she was 12 years old. Vivian graduated from Central High School in 1954.
Vivian was a great homemaker who loved to cook and care for her family of 8 children, who affectionately called her “Mom”. She was well known for her signature beef sandwiches, delicious fried chicken, and her large Sunday family dinners. Vivian was a favorite to her students at John Ericsson School in Superior, where she worked for many years as a teacher’s aide. She enjoyed knitting afghans for everyone she knew, especially for each of her children and grandchildren. Vivian loved reading and studying her Bible, surrounded by her vast collection of angels displayed in her home. She was a master at solving crossword puzzles. She enjoyed many summers camping with her children at the Sitek’s cabin, and get-togethers with friends to share laughter and play Smear. Vivian was a member of the Central Assembly of God in Superior for many years. She was a very kind-hearted and generous woman of faith, and will be deeply missed by the many lives she touched. Her family and friends celebrate the fact that she is at peace with her faithful Creator, Healer, and Redeemer and is reunited in Heaven with many loved ones and friends.
She was predeceased by her parents, Albert Agust Runquist and Mae Ruth (Parker); brother, Gordon Runquist; spouses, Merlin Albert Wallin and Thorwald Burnhoff Peterson; and youngest child, James “Jimmy” Allen Wallin. Her maternal ancestry traces 9 generations back to Samuel Fuller, a passenger on the Mayflower voyage of 1620, who served as a church deacon and physician in Plymouth Colony, Massachusetts.
She is survived by her sisters Myrtle Mae Buhrman (Marvin “Red”) of Hagerstown, MD, and Shirley Rae Labonte (Frank) of Superior, WI; seven children, Deborah Ann Regner, Laura Mae Wiechert (Ernest), Daniel Jack Wallin, Vivian “Mimi” Marie Stephens (Dave), Judith Lynn Campshure (Brian), Bradley Steven Wallin, and William “Bill” Roy Wallin (Marla); 12 grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren, 2 great-great grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.
The family is deeply grateful to the staff at Villa-Marina Health and Rehab Center in Superior for their compassionate care and kindness given to Vivian during her stay there.