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Mary Petersen

Mary Ellen Petersen, age 83 of Gibbon, died peacefully on June 30, 2021, at Good Samaritan Society in Winthrop. Funeral Services will be at 11 am on Wednesday, July 7, 2021, at St. Willibrord’s Catholic Church in Gibbon. Father Bruno Santiago will officiate, and burial will follow in the church cemetery. Visitation will be from 9-11 am Wednesday at St. Willibrord’s. To leave an online condolence for her family, or to sign the guestbook, go to: Mary is survived by her husband, Jerome (Rommie) Petersen of Gibbon; daughter, Ann Petersen of Pipestone; son, John (Maureen) Petersen of Fond du Lac, WI; 7 grandchildren, Matt Petersen of Charlotte, NC, Mark Petersen of Manassas, VA, Faith Aguirre of Pipestone, MN, Andrew, Rachel, Sarah, and Elizabeth Petersen of Fond du Lac WI; sister, Edythe Haggenmiller of Arlington; sisters-in-law, Lorraine Steeber, and Beverly Petersen; and many other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, Floyd and Angela Foltz; son and daughter-in-law, Peter and Margie Petersen; brothers-in-law, Ambrose Haggenmiller, Harold Steeber, and Lawrence Petersen; and nephews, Terrence Haggenmiller, Mike Haggenmiller, and Kenneth Weber. Mary Ellen Foltz was born February 1, 1938 to Floyd and Angela (Moriarity) Foltz in Henderson. She graduated from Henderson High School and went on to graduate from Mankato State College with a Bachelor of Science degree in elementary education. Mary moved to Gibbon to teach at the Gibbon Public School. During her time in Gibbon, she met Jerome (Rommie). They were married August 5, 1961 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, in Henderson. The two had 3 wonderful children, Ann, Peter, and John. While the children were young, Mary was a stay-at-home mom. After they grew, Mary went back to teaching for nine more years. A year after she retired, Mary became a paraprofessional at the Gaylord Public School. 10 years later, she finally decided to retire for good. In her free time, Mary enjoyed traveling, reading, sewing, and especially spending time with her grandchildren. Mary served on the board and volunteered at the Sibley County Historical Society for many years. God blessed Mary with a wonderful family and many great friends. She will be missed by all who knew her.

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