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Harald Jorgen Petersen

May 10, 2012
Estherville Daily News

Memorial services for Harald Jorgen Petersen, age 86, of Albert Lea, Minn., will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, May 11, 2012 at Redeemer Lutheran Church, Alden, Minn. Rev. Jeff Laeger-Hagemeister will officiate. Interment will be at Alden Cemetery. Military honors will be accorded by Freeborn County area veteran's organizations. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church. To sign the guest book, go to

Harald died Tuesday, May 8, 2012 at St. John's Lutheran Home.

Harald Jorgen Petersen was born on Dec. 3, 1925 in Tyler, Minn., the son of Andrew and Dagny (Paulsen) Petersen. He was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith. Harald graduated from Alden High School in 1944. He enlisted in the Army Air Corp. In 1946 he attended St. Olaf College. On July 26, 1946 Harald was united in marriage to Marie Helland at Lime Creek Church in Emmons. Harald graduated from the University of Minnesota in 1950, farmed and taught high school sciences in Glenville, Minn., until 1963.

The family then moved to Estherville where Harald was vice-president at the Iowa Trust and Savings bank until 1973. Harald and Marie moved back to Alden, Minn., in 1975, where he started a trucking company. Harald and Marie began their extensive mission work in Jamaica in 1989 through 2008.

Survivors include his wife and partner in all things for 66 years, Marie. Children, Barbara (Richard) Wurtzberger of Sleepy Eye, Karen (David) Whitehouse of Maple Grove, Annette Petersen of Albert Lea and David Petersen of Columbia Falls, Montana; 10 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; brother, Alvin (Dorothy) Petersen; many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Harald was preceded in death by his parents; daughter, JuliAnne Petersen; nieces Eileen Petersen and Robin Lair; nephews, Frank Petersen, Jeff Paulsen and Tom Paulsen; brothers, Alfred Petersen and Roland Petersen; sister-in-law, Ardys Collen; and brother-in-law, Laurel Helland.



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