In Memory of Pastor Carmen Peterson


Wednesday from 4pm to 8pm at Zion Lutheran Church as well as one hour prior to the service at church Thursday


11AM Thursday September 7th at Zion Lutheran Church in Woodville

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Pastor Carmen Dennis Peterson, age 83 of Woodville, retired Zion Lutheran Clergy, died peacefully Friday September 1st, 2017 at the Parkview Community Campus in Woodville. Pastor Carmen was born June 14, 1934 in Williston, ND; the son of Carsten Peterson and Clara Solfest Peterson. He was raised in Williston graduating from Williston High School. He later graduated from Concordia College- Moorhead in 1956 with a BA degree in English and Philosophy. During this time (1959), He loved teaching English, for one year in the public school in Crosby, ND.

Following his desire to follow Jesus, he graduated from Luther Seminary in St Paul, MN in 1961; and later received his Masters in Biblical Studies in1970 from Union Seminary, in Richmond, VA.

He was united in marriage to his best friend, soul mate, and greatest supporter, Virginia C Schumann, in 1960 in Cokato, MN. This union would be further blessed with two children; David and Cathy.

Pastor Carmen devoted his entire life to bringing the Lord to others. It wasn’t work, it was simply a way of life. As a Lutheran Pastor his parishes included: Our Saviors- Great Falls, MT, Malta Lutheran Parishes including Malta, MT, Dodson, MT, Loring, MT and Whitewater, MT.  Following his Masters Degree, he served Immanuel Lutheran Church and Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Atwater, MN 1970-1976, Faith Lutheran Church Marshfield, WI 1976-1989, Zion Lutheran Church Woodville, WI 1989 to retirement in 1999.

Following “retirement”, he served as an interim pastor at several Wisconsin Churches until 2015; Spring Valley, Amery, Hammond, and Glenwood City to name a few.

He resided in Woodville at Park Place Assisted Living and Parkview Nursing Home until his death.

Carmen interests included his ministry, which he loved very much. He thoroughly enjoyed a good conversation about theology and faiths of all kinds. Although a Lutheran Pastor by ordination, he was ecumenical by every means, not only by what he said but how he lived his life. Earlier in life, he enjoyed acting and live theater performances. This was a great part of his joy in life in each community he served. He served on many committees including Library boards and community education . He loved to read as he always had a book in his hand. Many would also appreciate his ability to sing, and sing loud, every song in the hymnal!

Pastor Carmen is preceded in death by his parents Carsten Peterson and Clara Solfest Peterson, two brothers , Bob Peterson of Bismarck, ND and Duane Peterson of Milwaukee, WI

Survivors include: his wife Virginia Peterson, his brother Gerald Peterson of Rapid City, SD . His children David Peterson and wife Lorie Fischer Peterson, LaCrosse, WI.  his daughter Cathy Nyseth Woodville, WI. His grandchildren Abby Nyseth, Matt Nyseth, Al and Andrea Peterson Rochester, MN, Vic Peterson, LaCrosse, WI; and 2 Great grandsons Rome  Roby and Adrian Roby.

Funeral service for Pastor Carmen Peterson will be 11AM Thursday September 7th at Zion Lutheran Church in Woodville.  Visitation will on Wednesday from 4pm to 8pm at Zion Lutheran Church as well as one hour prior to the service at church Thursday. Memorials are preferred to Zion Lutheran or Parkview Community Campus. Funeral services entrusted to the O’Connell Family Funeral Home of Baldwin.

Pastor Carmen Peterson's Tribute Wall

Tributes (8):

  1. So sorry to hear of Pastor Peterson’s passing. We were blessed to have him serve as interim pastor at St John’s in Spring Valley while our daughter Kara was in confirmation and at the time our church burned. We were honored to have Carmen and Virginia at our home for celebrations, and so enjoyed them both.
    Our deepest sympathy goes out to Virginia and the rest of the family. Prayers to you all….
    Karen and Earl Gunderson

  2. Carmen, Was referred to as “Pastor Pete” by my confirmation class at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Atwater, MN. This was in 1973. He was always a kind man who indulged our spirited confirmation class. I am truly sorry for Virginia and the rest of the families loss. May you accept my deepest condolences. Milt Westlund, Jr.

  3. My heart goes out to Virginia and family on the death of Rev. Carmen. May the family find comfort in knowing he is at peace with his heavenly Father. I thought very highly of him while he filled in at Our Savior’s in Amery. Love and healing hugs to your family.

  4. Pastor Carmen was blessed by God to be a blessing to all whom he served in Christ’s Church and the world. As a son of First Lutheran Church, Williston ND, we are blessed to have been a small part of his life in Christ’s mission. Thanks be to God. As you walk through the dark shadows in the valley of death, our thoughts and prayers are with you. Shalom, Rev. Martin Mock, serving as Pastor of First Lutheran Church, Williston

  5. The Gorke family sends our deep sympathies on Carmen’s death. We have many fond memories of his involvement with Campus Community Players and as our pastor at Faith Lutheran Church in Marshfield. We wish his loved ones our best at this sad time and as you all renegotiate a world without Carmen’s special presence. He certainly leaves a legacy of goodness and godliness behind. 🌹

  6. Pastor Carmen was a welcomed visiting Pastor at Trinity Lutheran in Hammond. His message, his spirit, his sense of humor and his voice were such an inspiration. He was a true joy. May God bless his memory.

  7. Sorry to hear about his death. He was an interesting man, and always enjoyed visiting with him, and his stories. May you rest in peace.