May 15, 2013


Alfred Peter, 82, of Dedham, died Tuesday, May 14, 2013, at St. Anthony Regional Hospital in Carroll.

Mass of the Christian burial will be at 10 a.m., Saturday, May 18, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Dedham with Father Andrew Hoffman as celebrant assisted by Deacon Louis Meiners.

Friends may call at the Dahn and Woodhouse Funeral Home in Carroll after 3:30 p.m. Friday. There will be a rosary at 4 p.m. and a Christian wake service at 6:30 p.m. by St. Joseph Parish. Lector for the Mass will be Catherine Wernimont. Mass servers will be Kalee and Kara Peter.

The casket will be moved to the church at 8:30 a.m. Saturday when visitation will resume. Music for the Mass will be by the St. Joseph choir. Casket bearers will be Mike Peter, John Peter, Russ Riesenberg, Tom Riesenberg, Ron Riesenberg and Steven Irlmeier. Honorary casket bearers will be members of the Dedham American Legion.

Burial will be in St. Joseph Cemetery near Dedham with military honors by the Dedham American Legion. In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorials to St. Joseph Church in Dedham or New Hope Village and may be left at the funeral home or the church.

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Born March 23, 1931, on his family's farm southeast of Dedham, he was a son of Frank and Anna (Gruber) Peter. He attended Dedham parochial school and enlisted in the U.S. Army at age 18 and served from 1952 to 1954. Following his military service he returned to Coon Rapids and worked for Malcom-Thompson Farm Implement as a mechanic.

He married LaVonne Fick on Oct. 21, 1961 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Dedham. After their marriage the couple lived in Coon Rapids for six years until moving to Dedham when he owned and operated a corn-shelling business for many years. Alfred and LaVonne built a new home in Dedham, and it was completed in 1976. He was a member of the Dedham Fire Department, the Dedham City Council, the Dedham American Legion, and he and LaVonne were active with Carroll County Conservation. He was a lifelong member of St. Joseph Parish in Dedham.

Alfred is survived by a brother Robert Peter and his wife Jane of Dedham; four sisters: Betty Riesenberg of Carroll, Theresa Riesenberg and her husband, LaVerne, of Halbur, Frances Wieland and her husband, Kenneth "Shorty," of Templeton, and Carol Irlmeier and her husband, Vernon, of Glidden; two sisters-in-law: LuEtta Wiederin and her husband, Don, of Scranton; and Sharon Scharfenkamp and her husband, Paul, of Ames; a brother-in-law LeRoy Fick and his wife, Gloria, of Pleasant Hill; his good friend Mike Garrett of Exira; an aunt, Lorraine Gruber of Mayfield, Wis.; and many nieces, nephews, and friends.

Alfred was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, LaVonne, in 2011; two children in infancy: Becky Jo and Mark Allen; and four sisters: Marie Danner, Rose Maile, Dorothy Ziegmann and Lucille Ziegmann.