MUSCATINE, Iowa. Twyla S. Petersen, 88, of Muscatine, died Sunday, November 25, 2007, at Lutheran Homes. Memorial Service will be at the Ralph J. Wittich-Riley-Freers Funeral Home. The Reverend Mr. David Ivie, pastor of the First Presbyterian Church of Muscatine, will officiate. Private burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery. Visitation will be at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the First Presbyterian Church of Muscatine, particularly its health and wellness ministry, to the Genesis Hospice, Lutheran Homes, or Muskie Band Boosters. Mrs. Petersen was born on February 27, 1919, in Muscatine, the daughter of D. Sheldon and Anna C. Richley Schreurs. She graduated from Muscatine High School in 1936, and attended the American Institute of Commerce in Davenport and Des Moines Still College, Des Moines. She was a member of the Order of the Rainbow for Girls Assembly No. 38, in Muscatine. Prior to her marriage she was employed, in various positions, with the Muscatine Journal, Woolworth's, and in the offices of Dr. Roy R. Pearson and Dr. Stella C. Pearson. She was a life long member of the First Presbyterian Church of Muscatine, participating actively in its life and work, including attending its Sunday School, participating in its women's circles, and for many years chairing its annual rummage sale fund-raiser, as did her mother before her. She was married to the late Robert C. Petersen, a Muscatine attorney, on June 25, 1947. Following her marriage, she was entirely committed to her family, in all endeavors. She supported her husband in his work and political life. In particular, she helped organize and maintain the offices from which he practiced law. She was an expert typist and careful proofreader. She enjoyed building a home for the family, to which it moved in 1954. Taking for herself the title of Domestic Engineer, she performed all the tasks associated with that position description and others. She was a devoted caregiver to her parents, aunt, and husband during their final years. In particular, Mrs. Petersen enjoyed supporting school activities of all sorts, including raising money for and making band uniforms for Grant School, helping the Grant School principal and teachers with office tasks, and serving as Co-President of its Parent Teacher Association with her husband; raising money for and making band uniforms for West Junior High School; finding and making costumes for parades, plays and other performances; raising money for and purchasing marching band and concert band uniforms for Muscatine High School. She also served as a Cub Scout den mother and 4-H club leader. She tirelessly shuttled her children to music lessons and summer music camp in Iowa City. She enjoyed preparing special foods for all kinds of social events, and often presented gifts of home made treats to friends and neighbors. For many years, she attended countless football games, other sporting events, concerts, parent's weekends and other activities with her family, including memorable trips to bowl games with the Iowa Hawkeyes, marathons, tennis tournaments, and bar association meetings. While she always was most comfortable in Muscatine, she traveled extensively with her family, and enjoyed her residence in Naples, FL. Mrs. Petersen was an active volunteer in the political process, registering voters, campaigning for good candidates, and getting people to vote, in person or by absentee ballot, in local, state, and national elections. She was a participant, not a bystander, and her political judgment was astute and trusted. Survivors include a son, Stephen J. Petersen, and his wife, Janice, of Fayetteville, NC; a daughter, Ann C. Petersen, of Chicago, IL; a grandson, Sean J. Petersen, and his wife, Stephanie, and their children, Max and Maya Petersen of Des Moines.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, and an infant sister, and husband.
LETTS, Iowa - Ted Michael Petersen, 55, of rural Letts, died Wednesday, April 2, 2008, at the Wapello Nursing & Rehab Center.
A private family service will be held at the Wapello Cemetery.
The Dudgeon-McCulley Funeral Home at Wapello is providing the care and arrangements.
MUSCATINE, Iowa - I. H. 'Pete' Petersen, 78, passed away on Christmas Eve, December 24, 2003, at Unity Hospital.
A Memorial Service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on January 3, 2004, at Grace Lutheran Church, 2107 Cedar Street, with Reverend Leif Pohl officiating. Mr. Petersen's ashes will be interred near Copenhagen, Denmark.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to the following organizations, Grand View College, Des Moines; Lutheran Homes, Muscatine; the Danish Immigrant Museum, Elkhorn; or the charity if their choice. The Ralph J. Wittich-Riley-Freers Funeral Home is in charge of the local arrangements.
Pete was born on February 3, 1925, in Copenhagen, Denmark, the son of Erhard and Camilla Christensen Petersen. He was actively involved during the Nazi occupation of Denmark as a member of the underground resistance which had a great impact on him over his lifetime and came to be a defining moment in shaping his love of freedom and the responsibility he felt for those who had less in this county.
After World War II, Pete came to this country to complete his college education at Grand View College in Des Moines, which had close ties to the Danish culture and still does today. He met Evelyn Frost, a daughter of a Lutheran minister who also attended Grand View and they married on June 3, 1949, in his home country of Denmark.
The newly weds returned to live in Waterloo, where Pete was granted US citizenship in 1952. This was another defining moment in the life of this very proud man who believed in all the principles that this country had been founded on. He embarked upon a lifelong retailing career spanning more than 45 years working for several regional department stores in Iowa and North Carolina.
In 1963, he accepted a job as the General Manager of the Batterson Department store in Muscatine, which became a great success and ultimately led him to his dream of owning and operating his own retail store. He and his wife purchased the Town and Country Fabric Shop in 1968, which they operated for 17 years.
From the moment Pete arrived in Muscatine he shared a great passion with several other community and business leaders to make Muscatine a better place to live, raise families, and pursue careers. He told the Muscatine 'story' to everyone he spoke to no matter where he traveled in the world. He certainly wore the nametag 'Mr. Muscatine' whenever he was with great civic pride. Friends and family will also remember him as Muscatine's 'Victor Borge' for his quick wit and keen sense of humor.
Pete actively engaged and invested his time in many matters and organizations which he strongly believed in such as the Chamber of Commerce where he served in many capacities from two time past President to Assistant Manager following his retirement from retailing. When Pete finally retired from the business world in 1991, he was given the only lifetime membership ever awarded to a Chamber of Commerce member.
He was a charter member and active participant in the Greater Muscatine Development Corporation, which is dedicated to bringing more industry and commercial business to the city. During his tenure with the Chamber of Commerce, he served as the primary organizer and mentor for the Leadership Muscatine Program. He was a longtime member of the 33 Club, and as a member of the Muscatine Rotary Club, in 1990 he received the Rotary International's highest honor, The Paul Harris Fellowship Award, an award he was especially proud of.
Pete served on many committees, political campaigns both locally and nationally; special interest organizations such as United Way and was earnestly committed to numerous downtown beautification and development projects. Mr. Petersen's dream of an uninterrupted view of the Mississippi riverfront actually began years ago when he approached civic leaders with a vision and opened doors to negotiations with the railroads. This vision has finally resulted into one of Muscatine's finest public resources, the Pearl of the Mississippi Project and the developments of the Riverfront Implementation Team. His resume of civic involvement could cover pages upon pages, but Pete would still say, that the most important accomplishment in his life was to rename the Muscatine Bridge for Norbert Beckey, a man who also was committed to community service all his life and was considered Pete's mentor and one of his closest friends.
Pete's life was a testimony to the need for personal involvement, not waiting for someone else to do the job, and a constant enthusiasm about making Muscatine the best community in America to live.
Survivors include his wife, Evelyn, of 54 years; two sons, David Petersen and his wife, Diane, and Paul Petersen and his wife, Jean, all residing near Chicago; and three grandchildren, Denee Anderson, and Steven and Drake Petersen.
He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Arvid and Preben Petersen.
BENNETT, Iowa -- Siegfried Petersen, 94, Tipton, died Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2003, at Cedar Manor Nursing Home. Memorial services are 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 8, at Peace Church of Christ, Bennett. The Rev. Janet Shotwell will officiate. Musical selections will be provided by organist Lenora Speer and vocalists Nancy Chittick and Julie Wilkins. Burial will be held at a later date.
There will be no visitation. The Fry Funeral Home, Tipton, is in charge of the arrangements.
Mr. Petersen was born Jan. 16, 1909, in Hattstedt, Germany, the son of J.S. and Martha Iwersen Petersen. He attended Volks School. He served in the U.S. Air Force from 1942-1945.
He farmed from 1946-1974. He was a member of Peace Church of Christ United, Bennett, and the American Legion. Survivors include a nephew, Carl Petersen and his wife, Lena, of Jonesboro, La.
He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother and a sister.
MUSCATINE, Iowa - Floyd ''A'' Petersen, 79, of rural Muscatine, died Friday, Nov. 8, 2002, at the Lutheran Homes in Muscatine.
Services are 10:30 a.m. Monday, at the Ziegler Memorial Lutheran Church of New Era. The Rev. Paul Nelson will officiate. Pallbearers are grandsons, Matthew Von Behren, Nathan Von Behren, Jesse Von Behren, Michael Petersen, Chad Beatty, Max Petersen, and Joseph Petersen and granddaughters, Laura Hoffman, Brenda Murphy, Julie Livingston, Lisa Paul, Jill Petersen, Jenny Petersen, Katie Petersen, Emily Petersen and Shannon Beatty. Burial will be in the Durant Cemetery. Following services at the cemetery a luncheon will be held at the Fellowship Hall at the church.
Visitation is 2 - 6 p.m. Sunday, at the Geo. M. Wittich-Lewis Funeral Home in Muscatine. A memorial has been established for the Ziegler Memorial Lutheran Church and the American Diabetes Association.
Floyd Albert Petersen was born on July 26, 1923, in Muscatine County, the son of Arnold and Vera (Kautz) Petersen. He married Mardelle M. Paulsen on June 2, 1945, in Davenport.
He farmed in Muscatine County his entire life.
He was a life member of the Ziegler Memorial Lutheran Church of New Era. He was also a member of the Muscatine County Cattleman's Association, the Muscatine County Pork Producers, the Farm Bureau, and the Muscatine Moose. In 1990, he was presented the Muscatine County Cattleman's Hall of Fame award. He loved to farm, raise beef cattle, hogs, and quarter horses, but most of all, Floyd dearly loved to spend time with his family. Survivors include his wife of 57 years, Mardelle Petersen, of rural Muscatine; three daughters, Jane Davis and her husband, Ted, of Canton, Michigan, Connie Von Behren and her husband, Gale, of Wyoming, Iowa, Karen Beatty and her husband, Paul, of Muscatine; three sons, Dan Petersen and his wife, Shirley, Bill Petersen and his wife, Cheryl, and Gary Petersen and his wife, Becki; all of Muscatine; 16 grandchildren, Laura Hoffman and her husband, Rick, Brenda Murphy and her husband, Sean, Julie Livingston and her husband, Jeremiah, Matthew Von Behren, Nathan Von Behren, Jesse Von Behren, Lisa Paul and her husband, Sam, Jill Petersen, Max Petersen, Emily Petersen, Joseph Petersen, Michael Petersen, Jenny Petersen, Katie Petersen, Shannon Beatty, Chad Beatty; two great-grandchildren, Jacob and Wade Hoffman; and three sisters, Eunice Fahy of Bettendorf, Grace Wathan of Durant and Janet Duncan and her husband Don, of Muscatine.
Floyd was preceded in death by his parents and a grandson, Eric Petersen.
DURANT, Iowa -- Clifford A. Petersen, 94, of Durant, died on Thursday, Jan. 11, 2001, at Wilton Care Center.
Services will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday at Bentley Funeral Home, Durant. The Rev. David Lawson will officiate. The organist will be Mabyn Fox and vocalist, Henry Bentley.
Pallbearers will be Teresa Christensen, Mark Petersen, Jeff Schlueter, Julie Rivera, Jennifer Christensen, Jeremy Petersen, Kelly Christensen, Rachel Petersen, Ryan Schlueter, Matt Schlueter, and Payton Rivera. Honorary pallbearers will be Harlan Meyer, Wayne Meyer, and Barb Meyer Paustian. Burial will be at the Durant Cemetery in Durant.
Visitation will be held from 9 a.m. until the service on Saturday, at Bentley Funeral Homes in Durant.
Mr. Petersen was born on Oct. 28, 1906, the son of Adolf and Herminnie Linder Petersen in Cedar County. He married Lula D. Huesmann on Dec. 5, 1934, in Davenport. She preceded him in death on July 26,1979.
He farmed west of Sunbury retiring in 1962. He also worked as the janitor at the Liberty Trust Savings Bank, Durant.
He played sax in the Durant Dance Band in the late 20s and 30s. He bowled in the Durant Bowling League. He helped organize and was the leader of the Farmington Flashers 4-H Club.
Survivors include a daughter, Carol Schlueter and her husband, Dale, of Durant; a son, Harold Petersen and his wife, Elgeva, of Wilton; two granddaughters, Teresa Christensen, Julie Rivera and her husband, Fred; two grandsons, Mark Petersen and his wife, Brenda, Jeff Schlueter and his wife, Lynn; three great-granddaughters, Jennifer Christensen, Kelly Christensen, Rachel Petersen; four great-grandsons, Jeremy Petersen, Ryan Schlueter, Matt Schlueter, Payton Rivera.
He was preceded by his parents; a sister, Irma Meyer; a brother, Herb Petersen.
TIPTON, Iowa -- Luella Dorothy Petersen, 84, of Mechanicsville, died Monday, Feb. 5, 2001, at Mercy Hospital in Iowa City following a brief illness.
Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Fry Funeral Home in Tipton. The Rev. Ron Lashmit will officiate. Burial will be at Tipton Masonic Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Mrs. Petersen was born Jan. 5, 1917, in Scott County, the daughter of August and Amanda Johanson Reese. She married Vernon Petersen on March 25, 1939, in Davenport.
She was a homemaker and was educated in Scott country schools. She was a member of the Tipton Moose Lodge.
Survivors include three daughters, Judy Niedorf of Bennett, Janet Anderson of Tipton and Kim Long of Tipton; two sons, Ron Petersen and Gary Petersen, both of Tipton; eight grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; two sisters, Lois Fox of Wheatland and Blondina Meyer of Bennett; and a brother, Walter Reese of Walcott.
She was preceded in death by her parents, August and Amanda Reese, her husband, Vernon Petersen, and a sister, Florence Gilbert.
DURANT, Iowa -- Dorothy C. Petersen, 72, of Durant, died on Sunday, April 8, 2001, at Genesis Medical Center West, Davenport.
Services will be at 10 a.m. on Thursday, April 12, at Zion Lutheran Church, Wilton. The Rev. Wayne Fredericksen will officiate. Organist will be Linda Timmsen. Pallbearers will be Rod Rochholz, Jim Kappeler Jr., Brian Petersen, Kyle Petersen, Ross Petersen, and Gary Moeller. Burial will be at Durant Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Wednesday at Bentley Funeral Homes in Durant and one hour before service on Thursday at the church. Memorials may be made to the Zion Lutheran Church Endowment fund
Mrs. Petersen was born on Aug. 8, 1928, in Fort Dodge. Her parents were Louis and Emma Marolf Hammerich. She married Arthur M. Petersen on Oct. 16, 1949, in Wilton.
She retired from Durant Community Schools after 12 years.
She was a member of Zion Lutheran Church in Wilton, the Ladies Aid at Zion and was a confirmation instructor.
Above all she was a devoted Christian wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother.
She enjoyed writing letters, notes and cards and enjoyed craft shows.
Survivors include her husband, Arthur Petersen of Durant; four sons, Michael Petersen and his wife, Jan, of Durant, Stephen Petersen of Sloan, Neil Petersen and his wife, Susan, of Durant, Scott Petersen of Muscatine; three grandsons, Brian Petersen, Kyle Petersen, Ross Petersen; two step granddaughters, Lori Rochholz, Natalie Kappeler, one step grandson, James Kappeler Jr.; one step great-grandson, Ryan Rochholz.
She was preceded by her parents and one brother, John Hammerich.
MUSCATINE, Iowa -- Jeanne Kathleen 'Granny' Petersen, 68, of Muscatine, died Monday, July 16, 2001, at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City.
Services are 10:30 a.m. Friday at the Geo. M. Wittich-Lewis Funeral Home. The Rev. Sharon Phillips will officiate. Pallbearers are Lonnie LaRue, Larry Churchwell, Mark Axel, Dale Hidlebaugh, Marshall Epperly and Brandon Murphy. Burial will be at the Muscatine Memorial Park Cemetery.
Visitation is 4-7 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
Mrs. Petersen was born Sept. 2, 1932, in Davenport, the daughter of Arnold C. and Eloise L. Metcalfe Ziebarth. She married Richard Petersen Oct. 21, 1950, in Davenport.
She lived in Muscatine since 1960 and retired from H.J. Heinz.
She was a past member of New Era Ziegler Memorial Lutheran Church and an avid bingo player.
Survivors include her sons, William Petersen of Clay Center, Kan., Donald Petersen of Muscatine, Joe Petersen of Muscatine, and Richard Petersen and his wife, Tara, of Muscatine; her daughters, Judy Petersen and her special friend, Curtis Mullins, of Wilton, Mary Petersen of Muscatine, and Patty Petersen of Muscatine; 22 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; brothers, Arnold Ziebarth and his wife, Sandy, of Eldridge and James Ziebarth and his wife, Virginia, of Davenport; and her twin sister, Joanne Siefers and her husband, Roy, of Oregon.
She was preceded in death by her husband; parents; and a son, John 'Big John' Petersen.
DALLAS CENTER, Iowa -- Leroy H. Petersen, 86, of 1204 Linden in Dallas Center died Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2001, at Spurgeon Manor Care Center due to lymphoma.
Services are 10 a.m. Monday at Faith Lutheran Church in Clive. Burial will be at Waukee Cemetery in Waukee.
Mr. Petersen was born in Wilton. He was raised in Wilton and Muscatine. He married Mary Chleo Fox June 24, 1939, at the Grinnell Chapel in Grinnell.
He lived in the Grimes and Waukee areas since 1945 and Dallas Center for one year.
He was a retired farmer.
He was a member of Faith Lutheran Church, past board member of National Travelers Life Insurance Company, past Board Member of Luther Park Care Center, past Waukee School Board Member, former director of Office of Programming and Planning for the State of Iowa, former Iowa State Representative for the State of Iowa, member and past president of Dallas County Farm Bureau.
He received the Distinguished Service Award from the Iowa State Education Association for his work on Education Tax Reform in 1987.
He enjoyed fishing, politics and meetings.
Survivors include two son, Richard Petersen of Waukee and Warren Petersen of Dallas, Texas; four brothers, Ed Petersen of Davenport, Henry Petersen of Wilton, Ken Petersen of Grimes and Wilbert Petersen of Williamsburg; and five grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Henry and Alma Reece Petersen; his wife; and a son, Robert Petersen.
DURANT, Iowa -- Arthur M. Petersen, 75, Durant, died Tuesday, March 19, 2002, at Genesis Medical Center West, Davenport.
Services are 10 a.m. Saturday at Zion Lutheran Church, Wilton. The Rev. Wayne Fredericksen will officiate. Musical selections will be provided by organist Linda Timmsen. Pallbearers are Brian Petersen, Kyle Petersen, Ross Petersen, Jim Kappeler Jr., Rod Rochholz and Bruce Jipp.
Burial will be at Durant Cemetery, Durant, with Military Rites.
Visitation is 4-8 p.m. Friday at Bentley Funeral Home, Durant. Memorials may be made to the Zion Lutheran Church Endowment Fund.
Mr. Petersen was born on Sept. 21, 1926, in Davenport, the son of John and Alma Niehaus Petersen. He married Dorothy Hammerich on Oct. 16, 1949, in Wilton. She preceded him in death on April 8, 2001.
He served in the U.S. Army during World War II.
He worked at Wilson's Chevrolet, Durant; owned and operated United Motor Company, Wilton; and worked for 17 years as the Director of Transportation for the Durant Community Schools.
He was a former mayor of Durant; former city councilman; member of the Durant Board of Adjustment and Zion Lutheran Church; former member of the church council; past president of the Durant Athletic Boosters; 57-year member of the Durant American Legion, past post commander and was an original chairman of the Legion's Avenue of Flags; past president of the Davenport Bowling Association and a member of its Hall of Fame.
Survivors include four sons, Michael Petersen and wife Jan of Durant, Stephen Petersen of Sloan, Neil Petersen and wife Susan of Durant and Scott Petersen of Muscatine; a sister, Ruth Petersen Voelkers of Durant; three grandsons, Brian Petersen, Kyle Petersen and Ross Petersen; a step-grandson, James Kappeler Jr.; two step-granddaughters, Lori Rochholz and Natalie Kappeler; and a step-great-grandson, Ryan Rochholz.
He was preceded in death by his wife; a sister, Ann Nagel; and a brother, Richard Petersen.
WILTON, Iowa -- Velma L. Petersen, 69, Wilton, died Saturday, Aug. 17, 2002, at Genesis Medical Center - East Campus, Davenport.
Services are 11 a.m. Wednesday at Zion Lutheran Church, Wilton. The Rev. Wayne Fredericksen will officiate. Musical selections will be provided by organist Linda Timmsen and vocalists Bill Norton, Lea Schoept, Lori Petersen and Henry Bentley. Pallbearers are Shane Boorn, Wilbert 'Will' Norton, Nicholas Samuelson, Damon Boorn, Gabriel Boorn, Joshua Petersen and Caleb Norton. Honorary pallbearers are Andrea Putman, Mindy Akers, Katie Guyer, Heidi Boorn, Brittany Petersen, Breona Boorn, Ciji Boorn, Meggan Samuelson, Keri Samuelson, Melissa Petersen and Hayley Norton. Burial will be at Oakdale Cemetery, Wilton.
Visitations are 4-8 p.m. Tuesday at Bentley Funeral Home, Wilton, and one hour prior to services Wednesday at the church. Memorials may be made to Zion Lutheran Church.
Mrs. Petersen was born on May 16, 1933, in Holt, Mo., the daughter of Jackson and Joy Neff Doyel. She married Wilbert M. Petersen on June 1, 1952, in Newhall. He preceded her in death on Dec. 18, 1997.
She graduated from Washington High School, Vinton, in 1952.
She was a teller at Wilton Savings Bank, Wilton, for 23 years.
She was a member of Zion Lutheran Church and its ladies aid. She was also a member of Wahkonsa Country Club and golfed in the women's and couples leagues.
She enjoyed her family, fishing and was an avid card player.
Survivors include four daughters, Deborah Norton and her husband, William, and Susan Boorn and her husband, Dennis, all of Wilton, Janet Boorn of Moscow and Sharon Samuelson and her husband, Jeff, of Tipton; a son, Douglas Petersen and his wife, Lori, of Wilton; three sisters, Oma Geiger and her husband, Earl, and Erma Neve and her husband, Don, all of Vinton, and Adah Schminke and her husband, Gerald, of Independence; a sister-in-law, Pauline Doyel of Cedar Rapids; 18 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and her fiance, Darrell Woodward of Wilton.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband and a brother, Nathan Doyel.
West Liberty, Iowa - Ernest W. Petersen, 82, of West Liberty died Thursday, Sept. 5, 2002, at the Crestridge Nursing Home in Maquoketa following an extended illness.
Services are 10 a.m. Monday at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in West Liberty with Rev. Terry Mahnke officiating. Burial will be in the West Branch Cemetery.
Friends may call 2 - 4:30 p.m. at the Barker Funeral Home in West Liberty where a Masonic Service will be conducted at 4:30 p.m. by the Wapsinonoc Masonic Lodge Number 381. Memorials may be made to Camp Courageous or the West Liberty Rescue Unit.
Mr. Petersen was born Sept. 19, 1919, in West Liberty, the son of Ole and Laura Olsen Petersen. He graduated from West Liberty High School in 1937. He married Betty Ayers at West Branch Dec. 21, 1940.
He owned the West Liberty Locker for several years, and was also a policeman for the West Liberty Police Dept.
He was a member of Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in West Liberty and the Wapsinonoc Masonic Lodge number 381 of West Branch for more than 60 years. He was also the past president for Iowa Coachman Camping, and was a member of EZ Wheelers number 210. He enjoyed camping, fishing and square dancing.
He is survived by his wife Betty of West Liberty; one daughter, Barbara, Lyndon, Stratton of Toledo, Ohio; sons, Bob and wife Sandra, Petersen of Atalissa and Jim and wife Faye, Petersen of West Liberty; seven grandchildren and five great grandchildren also survive.
He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, Louis Petersen, and a brother that died in infancy.
WEST BRANCH, Iowa- Astrid Sorensen Petersen, 100, of West Branch, passed away March 31, 2008, at Crestview Nursing Home.
The Henderson-Barker Funeral Home in West Branch is in charge of arrangements.
She was born on June 8, 1907, in Sjelle, Aarhus, Denmark, the daughter of Julie Marie and Carl Anton Sorensen. She married Hans Petersen on Jan. 7, 1934, and immigrated to the United States that same year. Her son, Kenneth Edgar Petersen, was born in 1939.
The couple farmed in West Branch until 1970. They retired in Iowa City.
She was proud of becoming an American citizen while sharing many Danish traditions in her home. She was known for her Danish cooking and baking, and hosting elaborate dinners and coffees for friends, neighbors and family. No one left her home hungry.
Sending care packages was one of her passions, spanning three generations. It started when she mailed packages to her relatives in Denmark during World War II.
The care packages continued through her son’s college years and Army days and her granddaughters’ birthdays and college years. Her granddaughters and their college friends remember the days when the potato chip cookies would arrive in Folger’s cans. Somehow news would travel, Grandma Petersen sent a care package, and the cookies would be gone in a matter of minutes.
She will be remembered for her great sense of humor and her unbridled laughter. She will also be thought of as a great neighbor. She was the official neighborhood house sitter, caregiver, dog-walker,
and coffee hostess. She loved flowers, and prided herself on keeping a nice lawn and home.
She is survived by her daughter-in-law, Virginia Petersen of Johnston; two granddaughters, Barbara Petersen of Ankeny and Janet Petersen and husband, Brian, of Des Moines; and six great-grandchildren, Caleb, Noah and Greg McClure and Charlie, Maggie and Buck Pattinson. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband; son; and great-granddaughter, Grace Pattinson.