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Rosemary V. Petersen

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Rosemary V. Petersen Jan. 7, 1927 - May 19, 2014 ELKHART - Rosemary V. "Rosie" Petersen of Elkhart passed away Monday, May 19, 2014, at Elkhart General Hospital. She was born on January 7, 1927, in Clinton, Iowa, the youngest child of William T. Ryan and Vada (Hoover) Ryan. She was a graduate of St. Mary's High School, Clinton, Iowa, in 1945. She studied piano and voice at Mt. St. Clare College in Clinton, Iowa, and was a member of their Glee Club. On October 14, 1950, she was united in marriage to Robert A. Petersen at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Clinton, Iowa. The ceremony was performed by her brother, Father John V. Ryan. Rosie was a homemaker and a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. Also as Director of Religious Education she coordinated the Sunday school program at St. Thomas Parish from 1975 to 1979. Prior to that she taught Sunday school and assisted with the tutoring and music programs at both St. Thomas School and Weston School. When wintering in Florida she tutored children in a migrant workers camp in Immokalee, Fla., and volunteered in the X-ray Department at Lee County Memorial Hospital. She is survived by her husband of 63 years and three sons, Michael and his wife, Margaret, David and Steven, all of Elkhart. Also surviving are five grandchildren, Lisa R. Mueller and her husband, John of Noblesville, Ind., Laura R. Serge and her husband, Frank of Chicago, Ill., Matthew W. Petersen of Noblesville, Ind., Ryan Q. Petersen of Fisher. Ind., and Katherine L. Gilbert and her husband, Brett of Chicago. Ill.; and five great-grandchildren, Jenna Rose, Zachary John, and Joseph Michael Mueller of Noblesville, Ind., and Jackson Joseph and Lia Catherine Serge of Chicago, Ill. She was preceded in death by her parents and two children, her oldest son, Douglas Alan Petersen in 1999, and her only daughter, Mary Ann Petersen in 2007. Also two brothers, Father John V. Ryan in 1992 and Dr. William M. Ryan in 1995, and a sister, Margaret Mary Ryan in 1993. Rosie was a member of St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church and its Rosary Society and The Four Arts Club. She was a former member of the Elkhart Elks Ladies, the YWCA Married Women's Club, The Elkhart K of C Wives, the Forty Club and The Fort Myers, FL, Area Women's Club. Friends may call for 1 hour prior to the 11:00 a.m. Monday, May 26, 2014, Mass of Christian Burial at St. Thomas the Apostle Church, 1405 N. Main St. Father Jason Freiberger will officiate. Interment at the Petersen Family Plot in St. Irenaeus Cemetery in Clinton, IA, will be at a later date. Friends and family are invited to a luncheon celebrating Rosie's life at Christiana Creek Country Club immediately following the Mass. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the HSH Scholarship Fund of the Elkhart Elks Lodge #415, P.O. Box 4216, Elkhart, IN 45615; or The Poor Clare Nuns, 6029 Estero Blvd., Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931. To send a condolence to the family please visit Billings Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Published in South Bend Tribune on May 22, 2014
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