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Evelyn V. Petersen

August 20, 2012
Estherville Daily News

GRAETTINGER A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2012, at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Graettinger for Evelyn V. Petersen, 85, of Estherville. Inurnment will be in St. Jacob's Cemetery, Graettinger.

She died Friday, Aug. 17, 2012, at Rosewood Manor in Estherville.

Evelyn Veronica Petersen was born Jan. 27, 1927, in Graettinger, the daughter of James and Alice (Bradley) Mahan. She attended country school near Graettinger and Graettinger High School. On May 26, 1947, Evelyn was united in marriage to Dennis Petersen at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Graettinger. Evelyn raised her children, and later, she enjoyed working at Vande Caf and Lyon's Bakery in Estherville. She also enjoyed being a daycare provider for many years.

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Evelyn V. Petersen

Evelyn enjoyed sewing and crocheting. She made over 50 afghans, and many were donated to area fundraising events. Evelyn baked a unique banana bread ring that was a welcomed gift for any occasion. She treasured her family and spending time with all of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Grateful for having shared Evelyn's life is her family: sons, Dan Petersen (Kathy) of Dickens and Jerry Peterson of Wallingford; daughters, Eileen Ingvall (Randy) of Spirit Lake, Pam Domek (Jim) of Estherville, Lucy Matthiesen (Mike) of Lake Park, Donna Sanderson (Jack) of Wallingford and Billie Jo Petersen (Dan Lindell) of Estherville; four sisters, Berniece Weber (Gerald) of Graettinger, Alice Jo Gibson of Gillett Grove, Lois Weber (Richard) of Graettinger and Dorothy Cooper (Dean) of Twin Falls, Idaho; three brothers: Jim Mahan of Kansas City, Mo., Don Mahan (Susan) of Graettinger and Leo Mahan (Karen) of Sergeant Bluff; 13 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren. Her second family was her daycare children.

Evelyn was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Dennis; an infant son; two sisters: Rosella Loder and Francis Munden; four grandchildren: Lacey Petersen, James and Jennifer Domek and Rachael Petersen and her daughter-in-law, Denise Petersen.

Joyce-Alesch Funeral Home in Graettinger is in charge of the arrangements. Online condolences may be sent to



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