Patricia Joyce Petersen, 81, of Reinbeck, Iowa, died Sunday, April 5, 2009, at her home under the care of her family and Cedar Valley Hospice. Funeral Services will be 2:00 P.M., Wednesday, April 8, 2009, at the Union Congregational United Church of Christ in Reinbeck, Iowa, with Pastor Mike Campbell officiating. Burial will follow at the Reinbeck Cemetery in Reinbeck. Visitation will be Tuesday, April 7, 2009, from 5:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M., at French Hand Funeral Home in Reinbeck, with the family present to greet friends. In lieu of flowers please direct memorials to the family for disbursement to Mom's many interests. To view the complete obituary or to send messages of condolence, please visit our website at www.abelsfuneralhomes.com.
Patricia Petersen was born January 31, 1928 in Independence, Iowa, the daughter of James Kenneth and Dorothy (Rouse) Anderson. Pat lived her early life in Rowley, Montour, Council Bluffs and then moved to Reinbeck where she graduated from Reinbeck High School in 1945. After graduation Pat attended Nurse's Training at Jenny Edmondson in Council Bluffs, Iowa. On February 18, 1949 in Waterloo, IA, Pat was united in marriage to Harold Jay Petersen. In addition to being a good wife and mother, Pat was active in the community. She was a member of First Presbyterian Church in Reinbeck, Charity Circle, Christian Womens Club, American Legion Auxiliary, Bible Studies, Woman's Club, was a founding member of Oak Leaf Country Club, where she enjoyed bridge with her friends every Tuesday, one of the founders of "After Prom", served on the Reinbeck Centennial Committee in 1976, was a member of the Conestoga Council of Girl Scouts and was leader of Troop 193 for many years. Pat enjoyed volunteering at Reinbeck Elementary School and for many years at Parkview Manor where she later worked as the Assistant Activity Director, retiring in 2003. In her free time Pat enjoyed reading, sewing, quilting and playing Canasta, Pinochle and Bridge.
Left to cherish her memory are her husband Harold Petersen and her seven children, Pattie (Bruce) Bailey of Reinbeck, IA; Jo Nelson of Phoenix, AZ; Ron Petersen (friend Dianne Gearhart) of Reinbeck, IA; Cindy (Bruce) High of Dysart, IA; Marcia (Donnie) Palmer of Reinbeck, IA; David (Wanda) Petersen of Dysart, IA; Pam (Steve) Heithoff of Reinbeck, IA; grandchildren and great grandchildren, Matt and Emily(Bailey) Wheeler and Elijah; Skyler and Anne(Bailey) Boyer and Lauren; Jay and Beth Nelson and Lilly; John and Marcy Nelson and Mason; Josh and Ashley Petersen and Taylor; Jill Petersen; Dan and Kori (Petersen) Hatch and Tanner, Mackenna, Alyssa; Wes and Sue Beeken and Alli and Reid; Jordan Palmer, Sammi Palmer; Cale and Courtney Petersen and Hailey; Reece Petersen, Paige Petersen; and two great grandchildren will be welcomed to the family in May.
Preceding her in death are her parents, Kenneth and Dorothy Anderson; sister, Gladys (Cookie) Hirsch and half brother, Jim Anderson.