Flavia Peck, 99, mother of Fountain woman
Wednesday, February 13, 2013 4:40 AM
Flavia Marie Peck died on Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013, at Samaritan Bethany on Eighth in Rochester.
Flavia Gertje was born March 25, 1913, in South Dakota, to Herman George and Mary Anna (Wunder) Gertje. After seven years of drought, her parents moved to Pine Island. They left South Dakota, with her father riding in a rail car with the livestock and she rode in the Model T with her mother, a cousin, and a canary in a cage. Since it was summer and no top on the car, they arrived sun burned.
She graduated from Mankato State Teachers College and then taught in one-room country schools. She told of having to arrive early to make a wood fire to heat the room for children, grades one through eighth.
She married her college sweetheart, Walter Rolland Peck, on June 19, 1936. They farmed in Oronoco and Eyota. Over the years, they fed beef cattle and milked cows. After retiring from farming, they made their home in Rochester.
She loved puzzles and crafts. Her grandchildren still hang her homemade ornaments on their Christmas trees.
She was a longtime member of Peace United Church of Christ. She was active in Miriam Circle, Bible study, Memorial Committee, Senior Saints, Quilters Group and Christian Fellowship.
She is survived by a son, Harvey (Susan) Peck of Minneapolis; a daughter, Virginia (Tom) Starken of Fountain; four grandsons, Richard Buss (friend Amy Dacus) of Charlotte, N.C.; Douglas (Lisa) Peck of Hastings, John (Marlene) Peck of New Jersey and Kevin (Beth) Peck of Minneapolis; great-grandchildren, Harrison, Calvin, Audrey, Hannah, Brendan, and Caroline. She also gained a granddaughter, Ann Marie (Chris) Schad of Plainview, and their son, Joshua and another grandson, David Starken of Preston. Also remembered are Mrs. Peck's nephew, David (Char) Ellefson, and her niece, Barb and (Gary) Karau.
She was preceded in death by her parent; her husband, on March 8, 2007; infant twins, David Allan and Della Jean; a grandson, Jason Buss, and son-in-law, Donald Buss.
A celebration of her life was held last Saturday at Peace United Church of Christ. A family burial was held at Pine Island Cemetery, prior to the service.
Memorials are preferred to either Peace Church, Seasons Hospice, or Samaritan Bethany.
Ranfranz and Vine Funeral Homes in Rochester was in charge of arrangements.