December 1, 1950 - April 15, 2011
Funeral services for Zella Leone (Vivant) Peterson, 60, of Blooming Prairie, were held April 19, 2011, at Dell Lutheran Church, rural Frost with burial in the Dell Cemetery. Zella died Friday, April 15, 2011, at her daughter's home in Comfrey.
Zella was born December 1, 1950, at Mora, MN, the daughter of Fred and Iwylia (Taglow) Vivant. She graduated from McGrath high school in 1967 and from Brainerd Junior College in 1969.
She was married to Irving Peterson April 3, 1971, at McGrath. They lived at Ellsworth, MN unti moving to the Peterson farm near Frost in 1976. In 1986 the family moved to Comfrey and in 1993 to Blooming Prairie where Irving served as superintendent of schools. During these years Zella held several jobs as a nurse's aide, medical clinic receptionist, bus driver, church secretary and day care provider. She and Irving looked forward to traveling and spending time with family following Irving's retirement in 2009 from Thief River Falls Public Schools.
Zella is survived by her husband, Irving; by four daughters, Andres (Troy) Toll of Comfrey, Alisa (Matt) Nase of Lake Crystal, Jana Peterson of Willmar, Megan (Gabe) HIrsch of Mankato and one son, Joshua (Vida) Peterson of Duluth. She is also survived by her mother, Iwylla Vivant of Apple Valley, four brothers, Lloyd (Frances) Vivant of Lakeville, Gene (Roberta) Vivant of Inver Grove Heights, Ronald (Linda) Vivant of Cannon Falls, Fred (Colleen) Vivant of Northfield and one sister, Julie (Ron) Weiss of Forest Lake; and by six grandchildren, Lexi, Jordan and Ashton Toll of Comfrey, Oliva, Nolan and Evan Nase of Lake Crystal and one grandson due in July, 2011. Also surviving are sisters-in-law Muriel (Darrel) Klenz of Fairmont and Alice Pterson of Arizona and 28 nieces and nephews and 39 grandnieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her father, Fred Vivant, an infant sister, Rose, brother-in-law Gordon Peterson, sister-in-law Vivian Jelle, nephew Andrew Weiss and an infant niece, Jelle.

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