Rosie Peterson speaks to the audience upon receiving the Hayfield Citizen of the Year award on Saturday night. Beside her is her son Chuck Peterson.
Photo by Melanie Dobson
By Melanie Dobson
"It's a surprise and you'll like it," Mark Peterson told his mother, Rosie. She and her husband Eldon were warm and cozy in Mesa, Arizona and would need a good reason to come to frozen Minnesota.
"I hoped we had sold our house," Rosie said. No such luck.
He called her on Saturday afternoon and said there was a dinner at the legion. "Nothing unusual about that," she said.
But when she set her salad down on the place mat that listed all the Hayfield Citizen of the Year winners from 1986 to 2012, she suspected maybe that was the "surprise."
Chamber president Tom Monahan read the nomination submitted by Joan Young a friend and fellow church member at First Presbyterian. The letter sums up pretty clearly why Rosie deserves this honor.
"Dear Chamber Members:
"I am nominating Rosie Peterson for the Citizen of the Year.
"Rosie and Eldon moved to Hayfield in 1965. Rosie was employed as a nurse at the Fieldcrest Nursing Home for many years-probably starting when it first opened. She is a very caring person for the elderly and the infirm.
"Now retired, Rosie serves as parish nurse for the Hayfield Presbyterian Church. She also is helpful to and shows concern for any one she sees in need of assistance. Many citizens call her to come to their house to assist in evaluating their needs and helping them get the assistance needed. She has been known to even stay overnight with someone alone and in need of care.
"Rosie was the impetus for the start of Mobile Meals in Hayfield, (along with Rita Tracy from Fieldcrest) starting it in November 1977 and continuing in charge of it still today-36 years of administering it and serving mobile meals. She recruits personnel to deliver the meals and handles the paper work and collecting payment. Many Hayfield citizens have enjoyed warm and nutritious meals over these 36 years because of Rosie.
"Rosie is also very active in her church-First Presbyterian of Hayfield. Along with being parish nurse and member of the choir, Rosie is very active in the United Presbyterian Women at the local level, the synod level, and even being part of national conferences.
"At the synod level, she has been in charge of planning women's conferences, getting the news letter published, and being a delegate to conferences. Rosie is definitely faith in action!
"Hayfield has certainly been blessed and is a better community in which to live because of Rosie and her work."