Sylvia Kathryn (Rogness) Peterson was born July 18, 1923 in Ossian, Iowa to Knut and Sophie (Watne) Rogness. She was baptized on August 8, 1923 at Stavanger Lutheran Church in Ossian, Iowa by Reverend Kristen Kvamme.
On October 10, 1937, she was confirmed by Reverend Kvamme. She attended rural school near her home through the eighth grade then graduated from Ossian High School. Sylvia then attended Upper Iowa University in Fayette, Iowa where she received her teaching certificate. She then went on to teach rural country school at Dover #6.
On June 5, 1943, Sylvia was united in marriage to Henry O. Peterson by Reverend V.A. Fiskerback. This union was blessed with three children, Sonja (Peterson) Streif, Steven, and Claude.
Growing up, Sylvia was active in Sunday school, Luther League, and choir. She became a member of Zion Lutheran Church in 1958. She held office in the Woman’s group and circle. She also attended Do-Days where she sewed quilts that they donated to all denominations for over thirty years.
Sylvia was proud of her Norwegian heritage and in 1977, she and Henry spent an enjoyable month in Norway visiting her father’s home and meeting first cousins for the first time. She was often requested to sing “Den store vide flock.”
She enjoyed good music, reading, baking, doing cross-stitch, and visiting with the “Ossian Lunch Bunch”, friends from high school days. Best of all was a visit from the grandchildren.
Preceding her in death was her parents, her husband Henry in 1982, her daughter Sonja (Peterson) Streif in 2008, great-granddaughter Hilary Streif in 2009, four sisters, Mildred Caroline (in infancy), Henrietta Storvick wife of Alert, Esther Knutson wife of Sever, Mildred Johanna Rogness, and two brothers, Ruben husband of Ruth, and Gustav husband of Irene.
Sylvia is survived by two sons, Steven (Cheryl), Claude, seven grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews, and friends.
On December 18th, 2018 at 06:15 Sylvia, at the age of 95, went to meet her savior. May God bless her memory.
Visitation will be held from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm on Thursday, December 20, 2018 at Burnham-Wood-Grau Funeral Home and Cremation Service in West Union, Iowa. There will also be a one hour visitation before services at the church on Friday.
Funeral Service will be at 10:30 am on Friday, December 21, 2018 at Zion Lutheran Church, West Union, Iowa.
Burial will follow at West Union Cemetery, West Union, Iowa
Burnham-Wood-Grau Funeral Home and Cremation Service of West Union, Iowa is helping the family with arrangements.