Flavia Peck
Flavia Peck
Flavia Marie (Gertje) Peck died Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013, at Samaritan

Bethany on 8th.

Love was her guide and kindness her creed. On her 97th birthday, after

a story about her appeared in the local paper, she received 100 birthday

cards. She married her college sweetheart, Walter Rolland Peck, on June 19,

1936. He preceded her in death on March 8, 2007. She and Walter read the

Rochester Post Bulletin every day, one would fill out the crossword puzzle,

erase it, and hand the paper to the other. She loved puzzles and crafts.

Her grandchildren still hang her home-made ornaments on their Christmas


Flavia Marie 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 Herman riding in

a rail car with the livestock, and her riding 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 sunburned. She graduated from Mankato State Teachers

College 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 and Walter 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 was a long-time member and oldest 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) 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, and their

children Harrison, Calvin and Audrey, John (Marlene) Peck of New Jersey and

their children Hannah and Brendan, and Kevin (Beth) Peck of Minneapolis and

their daughter 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 Flavia's nephew, David (Char) Ellefson and

her niece Barb and (Gary) Karau.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, twin babies,

David Allan and Della Jean, a grandson Jason Buss, and son-in-law Donald

Buss. She often ended her phone calls with, "Love You Much." We love you

too, Flavia and will always remember your amazing life.

A Celebration of Life was held Saturday, Feb. 9, at Peace United Church

of Christ.

A family burial took place at Pine Island Cemetery prior to the service.

Memorials are preferred to either Peace Church, Seasons Hospice or Samaritan


Ranfranz and Vine Funeral Homes, 5421 Royal Place NW, Rochester, MN

55901. 507-289-3600 / www.ranfranzandvinefh.com