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Evelyn Elizabeth "Evie" PETTERSON

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PETTERSON, Evelyn "Evie" Elizabeth

Evelyn "Evie" Elizabeth Petterson, 80, of Cromwell, went home to be with her Lord on Wednesday, (June 13, 2012). Born in Lowell, Massachusetts on May 28, 1932, she was the only daughter of the late Alice E. Petterson Anderson and Paul Petterson. Evie graduated from Fitchburg State Teachers College, MA, and then taught elementary school for thirty-nine years, a vocation to which she was devoted heart and soul. Her first six years of teaching were in Chelmsford, MA, before moving to CT where she taught for 33 years in New Britain at Smith School until her retirement. Evie loved children and took satisfaction in watching them grow and develop. She continued to take graduate courses at the University of Hartford and Central Connecticut State University, finally earning the equivalent of a doctorate from CCSU. Her love for children and serving people extended beyond the classroom. She devoted many after school hours at the Hospital for Special Care, conducting Bible classes for disabled children and adults. Evie loved her church, Bethany Covenant Church, where she put her talents to work in many different ways. She was a choir member for 47 years. She served on the Board of Trustees, the Board of Christian Education and taught Sunday School at Bethany. She was active in Covenant Women at the local, conference and national levels. She served on the Board of Directors of the Children's Home of Cromwell three full terms over a period of twenty-five years. Evie has served as secretary on the Residents Council, president of the CVOC Auxiliary, and a member of the Management Advisory Committee. Evie's love for travel took her to six of the seven world's continents and seven trips to Sweden to visit relatives. She visited Covenant missions in Thailand, Taiwan, Japan and Alaska. She and her mom moved to Covenant Village of Cromwell in 1984. They were best friends and shared an apartment until her mother's death.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday at 11 a.m. at Bethany Covenant Church, Berlin. Burial will be at the convenience of the family in Edson Cemetery, Lowell, MA. Memorial donations may be made to Bethany Covenant Church, 785 Mill St. Berlin, CT 06037, the Benevolent Care Fund at CVOC, 52 Missionary Rd., Cromwell, CT 06416, or to Adelbrook, 60 Hicksville, Rd., Cromwell, CT 06416. Erickson-Hansen Funeral Home, New Britain, is in charge of arrangements. www.ericksonhansen.com

Published in The Hartford Courant on June 14, 2012
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