2017-04-27 / Obituaries

Marian Petersen


Marian Petersen Marian Petersen Marian Elizabeth Petersen, 95, passed away peacefully Thursday, April 20, 2017, at her residence at Perry Farm Village in Harbor Springs.

She was born July 23, 1921, to Albert Franklin and Otillie Ruppenthal Smith in Spokane, Washington.

Mrs. Petersen grew up in Wittenberg, Wisconsin. After high school, she attended Stevens Point Business College and worked in Milwaukee and Chicago.

She married Eugene T. Petersen February 2, 1946, a Marine lieutenant whom she met two years earlier while returning by train to Chicago following a visit to her brother, Franklin, an Army Air Force P-38 pilot, who was later lost over Ploesti, Romania, during World War II. This chance meeting formed the basis of their 55-year marriage and the birth of their three children, Jay, Todd, and Marta.

Mrs. Petersen and her husband lived in Milwaukee and Ann Arbor while he completed his education following the war. In 1958, her husband accepted the position of Director of Historic Projects for the Mackinac Island State Park Commission, and they moved to Mackinac Island, where she worked side by side with her husband for almost 30 years, he as director, and later superintendent, and she as chief of finance and accounting.

They retired to St. Martin’s Bay, where Mrs. Petersen continued as a freelance accountant and served on a number of area art council boards until 2006. She enjoyed traveling with her family and friends, including two trips to mainland China, to Hong Kong, and to Alaska, Europe, and Russia.

She is survived by three children and their families, Jay and Candace Petersen, Todd and Kathy Petersen, and Marta and Peter Olson; grandchildren, Lydia Petersen and Mark Henle, Eric and Molly Petersen, Brita Olson, Kaia Olson, and Zina Petersen; two great-grandchildren, Bailey and Zachary Petersen, and a sister-in-law, Gail Petersen.

In addition to her parents and her husband, Gene, Mrs. Petersen was preceded in death by two brothersin law, Thor Petersen and Martin Petersen, and a sister-in-law, Judy Petersen.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, June 10, at 11 a.m. at Ste. Anne’s Catholic Church on Mackinac Island.

Interment will be at Arlington National Cemetery in Washington, D.C., with her husband.

Memorial contributions may be directed to Mackinac Associates or Planned Parenthood.

Stone Funeral Home in Petoskey is assisting the family with arrangements.

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