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Tonya Rae Peterson

Tonya Rae Peterson, 40, of Langdon, ND, passed away Saturday, July 11, 2020, at Cavalier County Memorial Hospital in Langdon after a long battle with cancer. Her final days were spent surrounded by her beloved family and friends. 

Tonya was born November 13, 1979, to Ritchie and Debra (Mondor) Arens in Langdon, ND. She graduated in the top of her class from Langdon High School and continued her education at the University of North Dakota where she earned her bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. After graduating, she returned to Langdon where she married her high school sweetheart, Trent Peterson, on November 30, 2002, at United Lutheran Church. They welcomed their son, Drew, in 2006 and their daughter, Abby, in 2010.

Tonya loved being surrounded by her closest friends and family; attending UND hockey games; playing bingo, pig wheel, and board games; traveling; fishing; camping; and going for bike rides with her kids. She was a long-time employee at United Telephone where she worked as a plant records clerk.

Tonya is survived by her husband, Trent; children: Drew and Abby; parents: Ritchie of Langdon and mother Debra (Dale) Benaszeski of Ringle, WI; siblings: Timothy (Nicole) Arens of Fargo, ND, and Tiffany (Jeremy) Pritchard of Langdon; in-laws: Janice and Larry Peterson of Langdon; Twana (Terry) Dick of Stanley, ND; nieces and nephews: Liam Arens of Fargo, ND, Mason Brown of Langdon, and Cassandra, Jonathan, Jake, and Amanda Dick of Stanley, ND; and many aunts, uncles, and cousins. Preceding her in death were her grandparents: Jake and Florence (Sheltrau) Arens and George and Leona (Lupien) Mondor, uncle Donald Arens, aunt Judy (Arens) Del Real, and brother-in-law Todd Peterson.

A graveside service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, July 16, 2020, at Vang Cemetery, rural Langdon. Social distancing and wearing of masks is encouraged. Please feel free to bring your own lawn chair.

Memorials may be directed to the Vang Cemetery, 1204 12th Ave., Langdon, ND 58249.

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You were a strong and beautiful person. I used to watch you and your siblings when I lived in Langdon . It was fun to see you grow up and have your own family. Prayers are with you all at this difficult time.

Michelle Kaercher Jul 13 2020 12:00 AM