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Fiksdal Funeral Service
Tuesday September 6th, 2022
6:00pm - 7:00pm

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Memorial Service

Bethesda Lutheran Church
Wednesday September 7th, 2022

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Alice Jean Peterson

Alice Jean Peterson, 86, of Bristol, SD, passed away on Thursday, September 1, 2022, at Sanford Hospital in Webster, SD. 

Memorial Service will be at 10:00 A.M. on Wednesday, September 7, 2022, at Bethesda Lutheran Church in Bristol, SD and will be livestreamed on Fiksdal Funeral Service Facebook page. Diane Hoines and Kristi Anderson will officiate. Burial will take place at Bristol Cemetery. Luncheon will follow at the Bristol Community Center. 

Memorial Visitation will be 6-7 P.M. on Tuesday, September 6, 2022, at Fiksdal Funeral Service in Webster and will be closing with a Prayer Service at 7 P.M. 

Alice Jean Elizabeth Achen Peterson was born on April 3, 1936, at Sioux Valley Hospital in Sioux Falls, SD to Mildred Erickson.  She was adopted by Albert and Ulah Achen.  She came to their home in Bristol, SD on Mother’s Day, May 10, 1936.

She attended all 12 years of her education at the Bristol Public School.  She graduated in 1954 and then attended Northern State University for one year.  She taught for one year at Plainview School #219 southwest of Bristol.

On October 7, 1956, she was united in marriage to James Peterson of Bristol.  They lived in Costa Mesa, CA while Jim finished his tour of duty with the US Marine Corps.

They made their home in Aberdeen after Jim finished school in Wahpeton, ND.  In 1963 they moved to Bristol where they resided until 1980 when a career change took them to West Fargo, ND.  When they retired (Alice Jean from the West Fargo Schools and Jim from Cargill) they returned home to Bristol where they have since resided.

Alice Jean was a lifelong member of Bethesda Lutheran Church where she was baptized, confirmed, and married.  She served as an organist at Bethesda for more than 40 years, was a WELCA member, and a volunteer at Sun Dial Manor.

Her family was so very special to her.  She thoroughly enjoyed attending every event in which her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren participated.  Her hobbies were music, reading, sports (especially the Bristol Pirates, NSU Wolves, Minnesota Twins, and Minnesota Vikings), and spending time with her family and friends.

Preceding her in death were her birth mother, her parents, and her maternal and paternal grandparents. 

Leaving to mourn her memory are her husband of 66 years, Jim, her son Jeff and Kris Peterson, her daughter Julie and Jiggs Dyste, her son Jay and Teresa Peterson, her grandchildren (Brooke and Ben Snyder, Kerri and Austin Bonner, Ashley and Zach Bosh, Clare and Dexter Albrecht, Andrew and Samantha Peterson, and Hilary and Brandon Black), and her great grandchildren (Ella Schonteich, Will and Charleigh Bosh, Addison and Ava Albrecht, Kroy Black, and Affinity and Nevaeh Moncada).


Memorial may be sent to:

Sun Dial Manor

P.O. Box 337
Bristol, South Dakota 57219

Bethesda Lutheran Church
314 3rd St S.
Bristol SD 57219

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People touch us in small and big ways every day. From Jr Hign music, ten years later to taking care of Andrew and Hilary in daycare, shexwax a small but positive part of my life. God bless you all

Christine D Brose Sep 22 2022 4:39 AM

Jeff, Julie, Jay and families, words can’t describe what a wonderful lady your is. I felt like a member of your family growing up and in later years she was always such a positive influence. Big hugs for all!

Terry Loterbauer Sep 9 2022 4:03 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Alice Jean Peterson

Anita & Terry Loterbauer Sep 9 2022 3:59 PM

Jeff,Kris and the rest of the family.. sending our deepest condolences and sympathy to all. ( ˘ ³˘)♥︎ you guys

Travis varon Sep 7 2022 10:26 AM

Oh my gosh. I am so very sad to hear the news of Alice Jean's passing. She was the best Godmother! She provided such a positive viewpoint and I just always remember seeing her smile. The times at the lake, the many Christmas's when I was little. The stories shared. The love she had for her family and friends was endless. My deepest sympathy to Jim and family. This one will be felt for a long time.

Marva (Mehlhaff) Schuna Sep 7 2022 9:57 AM

So sorry to hear of Alicejeans death. We worked together at the middle school for many years. I have many special memories of her. She always had a smile on her face. You have my deepest sympathy.


Linda Opdahl Sep 7 2022 8:52 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Alice Jean Peterson

Joan & Jon Biersbach Sep 6 2022 10:12 PM

Jim, Jeff, Jay and Julie and your extended family -
My deepest sympathy for your loss! As a younger cousin of hers, I always enjoyed and remembered Alice Jean for her great laugh and warm smile. That brightened up life with her happy personality!!

Nona B. Nist Sep 6 2022 7:32 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Alice Jean Peterson

Susan Sep 6 2022 1:32 PM

Alice Jean was one of the nicest ladies I’ve ever known. She had such a positive outlook on life and cared so much for her family and friends. WF lost a great couple when they decided to move back to Bristol ( our loss your gain). I so enjoyed keeping up with her on Facebook. RIP my friend.

Nancy Peterson Sep 6 2022 1:02 PM

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