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JOHN T. PETERSEN

PETERSEN, John T. Died June 12th at the age of 81 after a lengthy and hard fought battle with Alzheimer's disease. Born in Lancaster, PA to Thoralf and Katharine (Zook) Petersen, John grew up in Braintree, MA where he attended Braintree High School and Thayer Academy. He attended UMass Amherst where he was a proud member of Kappa Sigma fraternity. He interrupted his studies to serve in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict, returning to earn his B.A. in 1957. After working at Simonds Saw & Steel in Fitchburg, MA, John moved his young family to Vermont where he worked and retired from his position as Chief of Personnel for the State of Vermont Human Services Agency. John quickly grew to love all things Vermont – rolling farm fields crisscrossed with stone walls, stunning fall foliage, UVM basketball, the powerful Green Mountains, true country neighbors, small town politics and historic preservation. John served as selectman for the Town of Richmond, VT and was President of its Historical Society, where he was instrumental in restoring and ensuring the enduring beauty of the Old Round Church. In his retirement, John was devoted to downhill adventures with the Smugglers Notch 55 Plus ski club and tinkering on his many, many projects around the house. John is survived by his wife of 50 years, Maurine and his children: Eric Petersen and his wife Lhen of San Francisco, CA; Karen Young and her husband Chris of Newburyport, MA; Jane Curran and her husband Matt of Cranbury, NJ. "Grandpa John" will be remembered fondly by Neya Petersen, Luke& Jacob Young, and Emily, Jessica and Troy Curran. He is also survived by his sister Helen Bowker of Littleton, MA, sister Mary McGill of Jacksonville, FL, and brother Jacob Petersen of Macedon, NY, as well as many cherished nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, June 18th at the Old Round Church, 25 Round Church Road, Richmond, VT with a reception following. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in John's memory to the , www.alz.org or the Richmond Historical Society, P.O. Box 453, Richmond, VT 05477. To sign the family guest book, visit: www.contefuneralhomes.com. Conte Funeral Home www.contefuneralhomes.com
Published in The Boston Globe on June 15, 2013
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