Peggy Gail Cook (née Osland)
May 15, 1957 – March 15, 2020
Peggy Gail Osland, daughter to Selmer (George) and Patricia Osland was born May 15, 1957, in Grand Forks, North Dakota. The young family resided in Buxton, North Dakota. The family relocated to rural Erskine, Minnesota in June of 1960. Childhood on the farm included horseback riding, gardening, chores, and haylofts. Peggy attended Erskine Public School where she was a Comets cheerleader and was crowned homecoming queen her senior year.
Peggy was united in marriage to Robert Mayer in June of 1975 and the couple resided in Colorado Springs, Colorado where Rob was enlisted in the Army. In January of 1977, they welcomed daughter, Patricia, to the world. While in Colorado, Peggy attended Midwest Business College and graduated in September of 1976 from the clerk typist/receptionist program. The family moved home to Erskine, Minnesota in June of 1977.
In December of 1979, Peggy was united in marriage to Robert Dorr. Peggy and Bob were adventurous and resided in Erskine, Nashville, and Texas. To that union daughter, Tonya, was welcomed to the world in January of 1982. As she had a love for children, Peggy provided day-care, for a time, for a few of the families in the Erskine area.
In the fall of 1984 Peggy and the girls moved from Texas to Thief River Falls, Minnesota, where Peggy enrolled at the Technical Institute in Thief River Falls and graduated in February of 1986 from the secretarial/word processing program. Peggy continued her education at Northland Community College achieving an Associate in Applied Science degree in May of 1988 and an Associate in Arts degree in June of 1989.
In January of 1988, Peggy began her career as a State of Minnesota employee at, what is now, Northland Community and Technical College. During her tenure as a State of Minnesota employee, Peggy worked at several state agencies. She worked for Hennepin Technical College at Flying Cloud Airport, Minnesota Department of Corrections at the Women’s Prison in Shakopee, and the Minnesota Department of Health. Peggy retired from the Minnesota Department of Health in January of 2020.
Peggy’s caring and loving heart brought her to also work with adults with special needs on evenings and week-ends. She dedicated 16 years to serve as the primary caregiver of, Steven Langenfeld, who came to be a friend to Peggy’s entire network of family and friends.
On May 4, 2011, Peggy was united in marriage to Chris Cook. The couple resided in Roseville, Minnesota with their two adopted cats, Phanta and Sophie. Peggy often spoke about their Star Wars anniversary date and their wonderful honeymoon in Cape Cod.
Peggy had a love of everything and everyone. As a member of the American Legion Auxiliary in Roseville, Minnesota, Peggy organized and hosted many holiday events for children during Halloween, Easter, and Christmas. At these events, Peggy would present herself in costume and ensure everyone had a good time and was never hesitant to collect donations to provide treats and gifts to the children. Peggy also had a love of music and followed in her mom’s footsteps and taught line dancing for a time. Lessons were held whenever and wherever possible, even during lunch break at the Minnesota Department of Health.
After a week-end surrounded by family and friends, Peggy passed away on the evening of March 15, 2020, at Our Lady of Peace in Roseville, Minnesota.
Peggy is survived by children: Patricia Mayer (Matt Engebretson) and Tonya (Damon) Slaikeu; grandchildren; Bodi Engebretson, Ivy Engebretson, Colton Slaikeu, and Levi Slaikeu; parents, George and Pat Osland; siblings Becky (Dave) Lindseth, Kristi Osland, and Kelly (Vicki) Osland; nieces and nephews: Cole Holthusen, Derek Holthusen, Dan Jones, Jesse Meyer, Jurnee Osland and Parker Osland. Peggy is preceded in death by her grandparents.
A service to celebrate Peggy’s life will be scheduled at a future date. May the memory of Peggy Cook be blessed. (Published in the Tri County Canary)