Alphine A. (Peterson) Bennett, 87, of Clarion, Iowa, passed away March 25, 2017 at the Iowa Specialty Hospital in Clarion after fighting a long courageous battle with cancer.
Memorial services for Alphine Bennett were March 29, 2017, at First Lutheran Church, 420 First Street Northwest in Clarion with Pastor Bill Kem officiating.
Visitation was March 28, 2017, at First Lutheran Church.
Alphine “Al” Annet Peterson was born on Jan. 22, 1930, to Alfred F. and Agnes (Christian) Peterson. She was born and raised on a farm north of Frost, Minn., with her three siblings. Al graduated from Frost High School in 1947.
She pursued a college education from Luther College and graduated in 1951 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration and started teaching business classes in the area. While attending Luther College, she met the love of her life.
Alphine was married to Ron Bennett ‘53 on April 12, 1952, at the Dell Lutheran Church in rural Frost. To this union, six children were born. The couple made their home in Clarion where Al and Ron raised their children.
Al worked for 28 years taking school photos part-time, but first and foremost, she was Mom. Alphine and Ron enjoyed many years wintering in Arizona, making many close friendships.
Alphine was a long-time member of the First Lutheran Church. She enjoyed golfing, reading, cooking, playing Bridge, and hosting many parties. She will be remembered for her strength and fighting spirit. One of her favorite quotes was “never give up.”
Alphine is survived by her husband Ron Bennett ‘53; her children, Robin (David) Elledge, Susan (Charlie) Harken, Mark (Janeece Dent-Bennett) Bennett, Bill (former wife, Sue) Bennett; her grandchildren, Sena (Mike) Kaufman, Michael (Taryn) Pratt, Carl (Garyn) Harken, BJ (Andrea Freeman) Harken, Travis (Kelly) Bennett, Amy (Chad) Vickers, Andrew Bennett, Jillian Dent, Nathan Dent, Jill Bennett; great-grandchildren, Jaden Kaufman, Kamdyn Pratt, Kage Pratt, Kodeigh Pratt, Aidan Bennett, Rourk Bennett, Derek Vickers, Chase Vickers; brother, Paul Peterson; and numerous nieces, nephews, and other family friends.
Alphine is preceded in death by her parents; son, David; daughter, Cathy; siblings, Burton (Canthy) Peterson, LaVonne (Bob) Volz; sister-in-law, JoAnne Peterson; and step-grandchild, Rachel Dent.
Memorials may be made to Gateway Hospice of Clarion.