Valerie Petersen

August 8, 2018

obit Petersen Doris photoMarch 8, 1924 – Aug. 3, 2018

Doris Valerie Petersen, age 94 of Ruthton, died Aug. 3 at the Avera Marshall Regional Medical Center in Marshall. Funeral service will be Thursday, Aug. 9, at 1:30 p.m., with visitation beginning at 12:30 p.m., at Hartquist Chapel in Tyler. Burial will follow at the Ruthton City Cemetery in Ruthton. To sign an online registry, please visit www.
Doris Valerie Petersen was born March 8, 1924 in Wellington, Kansas to Pastor Eilert C. and Edna S. (Sandberg) Nielsen. She was baptized by her father in Wellington and confirmed at Augsburg Lu­theran Church in Chicago, Illinois on April 10, 1938. Valerie’s family moved of­ten in her younger years. She began school in Val­ley Falls, Kansas, then at­tended middle school at Yale School in Chicago, then Parker High School in Chicago, before graduating from Lincoln High School in Lincoln, Kansas. She furthered her education by attending Bethany Col­lege in Lindsborg, Kansas, graduating with a BA De­gree in English. Valerie worked four years at the Blue Earth Post and Farib­ault County Register as a reporter. Then she taught school in District 58 south­west of Ruthton for two years, 1948 to 1950.
On Dec. 28, 1950 Valerie was united in marriage to Norman J. Petersen at Hope Lutheran Church in Ruthton. The service was officiated by her father, Pastor Nielsen. To this union, four children were born. The couple made their home near Ruthton and Valerie raised their young family. In 1965, Val­erie received her teach­ing degree after attending Sioux Falls University in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Then she taught English at Ruthton High School until 1971. She continued to serve as a substitute teacher for the district until retiring in 1982. On April 15, 1997 Norman preceded her in death. Val­erie continued to reside at her home on the farm and she spent her winters in Florida with her daughter until June 2018, when she became a resident at Heri­tage Pointe Senior Living in Marshall. On Friday, Aug. 3, while at the Avera Marshall Regional Medical Center, Valerie went to be with the Lord at the age of 94 years, four months and 26 days.Valerie was a member of Peace Luther­an Church in Ruthton. She was active in the church, serving as librarian from 1978 until 2010, a mem­ber of the Peace Lutheran Church Women, Circle, and serving as a Sunday School teacher and Bible School teacher. She enjoyed help­ing people and the com­munity and served on the committee which put on the 4th of July Celebration in Ruthton. She also vol­unteered at Senior Dining in Ruthton. Valerie was an avid reader and frequently referenced the encyclo­pedia to her children. She also spent time knitting and playing Scrabble. She enjoyed riding on a golf cart around her daughter’s neighborhood while in Florida.
Valerie is lovingly re­membered by her four children—Evelyn Ambler of Fort Myers, Florida, Eric (Gail) Petersen of Ruthton, Arne (Rachel) Petersen of Roswell, New Mexico, and Elsa (Larry) Voltz of Bemi­dji; eight grandchildren— Jennifer (Adam) Ambler, Christopher (Tennille) Madden Petersen, Heidi (Matthew) Schaefer, Cor­win (Jan) Petersen, Alison Petersen, Clinton Petersen, Lars (Joyce) Voltz and Leif Voltz; seven great-grand­children—Joshua, Alize, Trinity, Truman, Rose, Jameson and Vivian; and a sister, Beverly Nielsen of Hemet, California. She was preceded in death by her husband Norman, parents Pastor Eilert and Edna Nielsen, and a sister, Mu­riel Payson Crane.
In lieu of flowers, me­morials may be directed to Shetek Lutheran Bible Camp.