Virginia L. Petersen (1916 - 2018)

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    - Cathy Jacksch
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    - Carol Alice
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    - Elna Kokkeler

Virginia Petersen of Eugene passed away in the early hours of Saturday, September 1st 2018, after 102 years of living life to the very fullest. She was born to Arthur and Minnie Allison in Eugene, OR in 1916 and grew up in Noti. She dove into the business world as a young adult, cutting bark for her father and buying and trading cattle. In 1938 she graduated from Oregon State University with a degree in teaching and taught briefly at Willamette High School in Eugene. At the beginning of WWII the family moved to Portland and she helped build Liberty Ships at Swan Island Shipyard. Virginia was a real life "Rosie the Riveter". She returned to Noti where she met Carl Petersen, who owned an auto parts store in Springfield. In her words, "He had some property. I wanted it, and I got it. That's when my interest in real estate started." Carl and Virginia were married August 21st, 1942. They raised three sons, Carl, Tony and Rob, each born 22 months apart.

Virginia was always interested in sports and the outdoors. She participated in sports as a child, and while attending OSU. She has been an archer, golfer and a hunter. She moved to Terpening Terrace in 2015 where she had an extremely active social life, and many good friends such as "Little Betty", Petie, Betty and special friend, Mike. She was known for her sense of humor, feisty attitude, and no nonsense, stubborn ways. She was loved by many, and is missed by all. In her own words, "Meanness and hard work have contributed to my long life."

She is preceded in death by her parents, brother Jack, husband Carl L. Petersen, who passed in 1990, husband William Lightfoot who passed in 2015, and grandson, Kyle. She is survived by her sons Carl, Tony (Gayle), and Rob (Susan), grandchildren David (Lyn), Scot (Tara), Coraly (Gwen) and Carl, and great grandchildren, Courtney, Dane and Andrew.

A casual celebration of life will be held at Terpening Terrace in Eugene on Saturday, September 8th at 1pm.

Published in Eugene Register-Guard on Sept. 6, 2018