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Albert Peterkort, 1918-2007 Farmer and Orchid Lover
June 4, 2007
News PictureAlbert Peterkort, president of J. Peterkort & Co., and retired manager of Peterkort Roses, died Saturday, June 2, 2007 at his home in Hillsboro. He was 88. A funeral Mass will be held at 12 noon on Friday, June 8, 2007, at St. Matthew Catholic Church in Hillsboro.

Albert was born August 13, 1918 at home in the Cedar Mill area to Joseph and Bertha (Teufel) Peterkort. During childhood he was seriously ill with meningitis. When the fever lifted, his auditory nerves had been permanently damaged, leaving only partial hearing in one ear. He missed an entire year of school, but recovered his health and graduated from Beaverton High School.

From childhood he worked in the family wholesale cut flower business, which started in 1923 as a small greenhouse operation called J. Peterkort & Co. In 1952 he married Mary Anne Holboke from the farm down the road, and they embarked on a 55 year successful partnership which produced seven children and ten grandchildren. Over the years the farm also grew to over 250 acres, eventually becoming part of the urban area. Seeing that development of the original farm was inevitable, he bought a new farm in Hillsboro and built a new rose growing greenhouse facility called Peterkort Roses (www.PeterkortRoses.com).

During his years as grower for the company, Albert became interested in orchids, especially cymbidiums, cattleyas and slipper orchids. He built up the collection and hybridized new varieties, winning several awards. On his last visit to the greenhouse before he died he was able to view his prized plants in full bloom.

Albert is survived by his wife, Mary Anne, children Sandra (Jim) Laubenthal, Pamela (Jack) Maher, Karen Peterkort, Steven (Anna) Peterkort, Norman (Cathy Garrison) Peterkort, Madalyn (Samir) Rustagi, and Sheila (Jack) Davis. He is also survived by 10 grandchildren, as well as his brother Frank and sisters Elsie Peck and Lois Ditmars.

Remembrances and flowers are welcome. Remembrances may be made to St. Matthew Catholic Church in Hillsboro.

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