Blooming Prairie Woman Honored with Quilt of Valor

June 11, 2018 11:10 PM

(ABC 6 News) -- An area veteran who cared for the injured and ill during World War II is being given a special honor.

On Saturday, 101-year-old Genevieve Peterson was presented with a Quilt of Honor for her service.


"I didn't do that much," Genevieve said.  However, the work of this humble hero may very well have saved lives.

"President Truman sent out a request to all the women in the country, it might have even been specific letters I'm not sure to help with the war effort and the servicemen that were coming back," her son Carl Peterson said. "Apparently, she was one of 800 that went in for the testing and only 200 were selected and she was one of the 200."

Genevieve became an army nurse caring for those with tuberculosis.

"First of all she was at Fort Oglethorpe Georgia, that's where her training was, then she was in the Fort Fitzsimmons in Denver, Colorado and she was a nurse technician working in the TB ward," Carl said.

After the war, she returned to Minnesota and left the medical field to raise her two kids.   Carl said she was never one to brag about her role in the war effort.

"She gets kind of emotional about it but she's not been one to ask for awards or anything like that so I appreciate that she's getting this," he said.

Saturday, it was her turn to get a thank you.  The hand-stitched Quilt of Valor is designed to provide comfort while expressing gratitude.

"wanted to make sure she was honored and it was special for her to have all of her family members here," said Marilyn Meshke who volunteers to make quilts. "They also show the veterans that they have done great service for our country, that they have shown valor."

"I thank them, it feels good," Genevieve said.

The quilt was made by the Pine Needles Sewing Group of Rochester, which has made many of these special quilts.  

Genevieve's family said she has always been a role model to them and it means a lot to see her actions recognized.


Logan Reigstad

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