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Norma Jacqueline Petersen

March 14, 1927 February 25, 2014
Norma Jacqueline Petersen
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Obituary for Norma Jacqueline Petersen

Worthington, MN


      Norma Jacqueline Petersen, age 86, was born on March 14, 1927, in Meeker, OK, the daughter of Ira Strong and Emma Emens. She moved to Modesto, CA and lived with her grandparents. Norma married Jack Petersen on May 18, 1946, in Reno, NV, they divorced in 1972. She was a cook at several restaurants and was a caretaker for several years. Norma modeled herself after her grandmother, Ali. Family was very important to Norma. She enjoyed cooking and baking for her grandchildren and great grandchildren and made sure they all had their own bibles. Norma died on Tuesday, February 25, 2014, at the Maple Lawn Nursing Home in Fulda, MN.

      Norma is survived by her children, Meridel (Wendell) Folkerts of Albia, IA, Mike (Annette) Petersen of Papillion, NE, Karen Mohrman of Casper, WY, Terry (Carla) Petersen of Des Moines, IA, Jack (Lori) Petersen of Worthington, MN, Janice Toopes of Ottumwa, IA, and Reed Petersen of Casper, WY; step grandchildren, Lea Jackson and Shane Jackson; fifty-two great grandchildren; one great great grandchild; three brothers, Sonny (Bea) Parker of Eagle Point, OR,  Bill (Claryce) Parker of Bend, OR and Jody Parker of Bend, OR; sister-in-law, Dorothy Minnick, and nephew, David Minnick.

      She was preceded in death by her parents, Ira Strong and Emma Sammons; grandparents, William and Ali Elizabeth Emens; husband, Jack Petersen; daughter, Leann Petersen; grandson, Michael Petersen; great granddaughter, Paige Fisher; sister, Wanda Harp; brother-in-law, Duane Minnick, and mother and father-in-law, Jack and Ruth Petersen.

      Funeral services will be held on Monday, March 3, 2014, at 11:00 a.m., at the Indian Lake Baptist Church near Worthington, MN, with Pastor Jonathan Larson officiating. Casket bearers will be Norma’s grandsons, Tim Folkerts, Todde Folkerts, Troy Folkerts, Tristen Petersen, Chad Petersen, Jack Petersen, Jim Petersen, Jeremy Petersen, Travis Nagel, Jerad Fisher, Jason Fisher, Shad Petersen and the memory of Michael Petersen. Honorary bearers will be Norma’s granddaughters, Jennifer Petersen, Heather Slater, Tessa Petersen, Becky Dwyer, Brenda Schubert, Tracy Coyne, Teresa Petersen, Trina Fuller, Amanda Toopes, and Nicole Kempema. Burial will be in the Slayton Memorial Gardens Cemetery.


Visitation will be held on Sunday, March 2, 2014, from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., at the Benson Funeral Home in Worthington and on Monday, March 3, 2014, from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., at the Indian Lake Baptist Church near Worthington.


Memorials are preferred to Indian Lake Baptist Church.

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