Kristin Angela Hoffman-Peterson, 67, of Turtle Lake, passed away October 6, 2016, after a courageous battle with cancer. Kristin was born June 20, 1949, in Reykjavik, Iceland, the daughter of Richard and Helga (Magnusdottir) Wynveen. She graduated from Baldwin-Woodville High School in 1967. Kristin was blessed with three children, Nathan, Aaron, and Abby. Kristin’s life was also recently blessed with the union of marriage to her best friend and love, David, sharing many sweet joys together. Kristin worked as an amazing chef at the Cumberland Memorial Hospital, where she treasured the many friendships of co-workers and associates.
Kristin’s devotion to her faith was evident in everything she did. Her musical talent was unbelievable. She had the voice of an angel and used her talent to share her faith through gospel music. She grew up hearing her Dad sing and inherited his rich tone. Her voice could fill a room, leaving the crowd without words. She blessed others by playing piano and organ and singing for weddings and funerals. She often performed at concerts with her father Richard, sister Karen, sister-at-heart Jayne, and daughter Abby. One of her largest singing accomplishments was performing with Jayne on the gospel stage at the Minnesota State Fair. She enjoyed being involved in local community theater, often stealing the show with her remarkable stage presence. She has starred in many musicals, including South Pacific, Oklahoma, and High School Musical. In addition to musical talent, Kristin was an avid quilter. Her handmade quilts continue to warm the hearts of friends and family. Kristin passed her love for the arts on to her children and grandchildren. Kristin was a phenomenal cook and gracious host to family and friends. She never wrote her recipes down – they were inspired from her creativity in the kitchen. People have always raved about her cooking and called her “Kristin the Butter Queen”. Some people specialize in certain areas of cuisine, but Kris could do it all. She made dozens of different kinds of Christmas cookies, candies, and fudge which she shared with her own family and catered for others. She delighted in the Holidays, the detailed preparation for dinner parties, and the immense love that went into it all for her family. Also important to Kristin was her Icelandic heritage. She proudly carried on Icelandic traditions, visited her home country, and went by the name “Amma” with her precious grandchildren, in whom she adored.
Kristin will remain in the hearts of her devoted husband, David; children, Nathan (fiancé, Angie) Derrickson of Eau Claire, Aaron (Sarah) Werth of Wausau, and Abby Wellens of West St. Paul; step-sons, Justin Peterson of Somerset, Brock Peterson of Hudson, and Brady Peterson of Inver Grove Heights; grandchildren, Gavin and Alec Derrickson, and Caden and Natalie Werth; brothers, Jon (Wendy) Wynveen of Baldwin, and Rick (Brenda) Wynveen of Stillwater; brother-in-law, David (B.J.) Paul of Baldwin; sister-at-heart, Jayne Bradford of Hammond; her Icelandic family, the Hoffman family of Turtle Lake; and many nieces and nephews.
Kristin was preceded in death by her parents; sister Karen Paul, and husband Steve Hoffman.
Kristin’s memorial service will take place at 1:00 PM Thursday, October 13, 2016, at Parkview United Methodist Church, 234 Maple St. N, Turtle Lake, with Pastor Sudhama Ananda officiating. Visitation will be held from 11:00 AM until the time of the service. A reception will immediately follow. Private interment will take place. Memorials can be directed to Cumberland Memorial Hospital – Cumberland Health Care Foundation.