Barb Peterson, 61, of Fort Dodge, passed away Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at the Paula J. Baber Hospice Home following a short illness. Memorial services will be 2:00 PM Friday, January 3, 2014 at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Fort Dodge. Burial will be in the North Lawn Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4:00 to 7:00 PM Thursday at the Gunderson Funeral Home and Cremation Services in Fort Dodge.

Barbara Ann Knudsen, the daughter of Knud and Patricia (Powers) Knudsen, was born February 7, 1952 in Fort Dodge. She attended Fort Dodge Catholic Schools and on November 19, 1969 Barb was united in marriage to Jerry Peterson. The couple made their home in Badger and later moved to Fort Dodge. Barb was a para educator in the Fort Dodge Community Schools where she was currently employed. Barb was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church.

Barb enjoyed working in her home and yard; her dog, Markie; spending time with family and friends; and traveling to the ocean.

She is survived by her husband Jerry, three daughters, Julie Spencer, Sarah (Chris) Larson, and Cindy Peterson, all of Fort Dodge. Barb has nine grandchildren. She is also survived by three brothers, Pat (Jo) Knudsen of Arizona, Tim (Julie) Knudsen of California and Denny (Ann) Knudsen of California. She is preceded in death by her parents, a brother Mark Knudsen and her grandson Jonathon Spencer.

Memorials may be left to the discretion of the family.