Carmella "Carm" Peterson

Carmella “Carm” Agnes Peterson, age 84, of Isanti, was born on September 13, 1935 in Gluek, MN to John and Elizabeth (Scherman) Van Heel. Carm passed peacefully into her eternal home Saturday, October 5, 2019. She went to parochial school in Clara City, MN and graduated from Maynard High School in 1953. She earned her teaching degree from St. Cloud State University in 1957. She taught 2nd grade for two years at Hayes Elementary School in Fridley, MN. In 1958, she married Robert G. Peterson. After her 2nd year of teaching, she and Bob made their home in rural Isanti (Spencer Brook Township) where they presently live. She and Bob lovingly raised five children. It was important for her to be home with her young children, so she resigned from teaching until they were school age. It was at that time, she became a beloved and highly requested substitute teacher at Isanti Elementary School (currently Isanti Primary School). For 30 years, she found much joy in the students and her many wonderful teacher friends. Carm always put the needs of others before her own; whether caring for her children and grandchildren, helping at her beloved St. Elizabeth Ann Seton parish, or making meals and sending cards for friends or family in need, she was there. Her strong devotion to the teaching of the Catholic faith guided her through life’s most difficult time; the unexpected death of her youngest son. She was an adored friend who loved to simply sit with a cup of coffee and talk about life (and the Twins). The lives of her family and friends have been abundantly blessed by her and we will hold her memory close. Carm is survived by her husband, Bob; children, Jeff (Dawn Ahrens), Tim (Debby), Kari (Toby Ponting), Scott (Deb Stoffel); siblings, Betty (Wilbert) Macziewski, Audrey Otis, Dorothy Schuette; sisters-in-law, Laurel Van Heel, Faye Peterson; brother in law, Warren Doesken; seven grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her son, Jason; siblings, Mary (Bill) Johnson, Millie (Jerome) Artmann, Ann Doesken, Gervais (Judy) Van Heel, John Van Heel; brothers-in-law, Roland Schuette, Jim Otis, Jim Peterson; and special niece, Karla Schuette. Visitation 5-8 p.m., with a Prayer Service at 7 p.m., Thursday, October 10th at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church in Isanti. Mass of Christian Burial 11 a.m., Friday, October 11th at St. Elizabeth with a visitation also one hour prior at church. Online condolences can by placed at

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