Elaine (Joni) Peterson Melby, 95, passed away March 19, 2019, in Mesa AZ.
A graveside service will be held at a later date
Joni was born, September 26, 1923, in Staples to Harry and Mary Peterson. She graduated from Staples High School and Concordia College in Moorhead. Joni was a high school Math teacher.
She married Winton Melby in 1946. They had two sons, James and Paul.
Joni and Winton loved to square dance and enjoyed weekly lessons and dances. Joni was an avid card player and liked to play games with family. One of her favorite memories was that of taking her four grandsons to Disney World.
Joni was a member of Faith Lutheran Church in Staples and Victory Lutheran Church in Mesa. She also maintained her membership in the Order of Eastern Star.
Joni married Ralph Hvidsten in 2006. Ralph passed away January 10, 2019.
She is survived by; one son, Paul (Becky); four grandsons, David (Charity) Peak, Eric (Julie), Dirk (Mandy) and Joshua (Megan) Melby; great-grandchildren, Jordan and Kennedy Peak and Zachary, Arianna, Tyeson, Caitlyn, Anna, Gwenyth, Amelia and Finnegan Melby; one brother, Robert Peterson (Darla); sisters-in-law LaDonna Peterson and Joan Peterson and many nieces and nephews.
Joni was preceded in death by her two husbands; one son, James; two brothers, John and Jim Peterson and two sisters and brothers-in-law Lorraine (Allen) Gilman and Donna (Baxter) Nash.