Jean L. Petermen
February 25, 1924 - August 31, 2021
Jean L. Petermen passed peacefully in the early morning hours of August 31, 2021. Born February 25, 1924 in Crawfordsville, Jean was 97. She was the third child of George Washington Slavens and Edna (Robnett) Slavens. Her older brother Willis and sister Arreta preceded her in death. Jean married her husband Robert (Bob) Petermen April 6th in 1940. Bob passed away in December of 2009 just a few months short of their 70th anniversary. Jean and Bob had four children, a son Edward and three daughters, Carol, Linda and Sarah. They raised the family on Old Holley Road in Sweet Home, before moving back to the Brownsville area after Bob's retirement.
Jean worked for 25 years as a nurse's aide and later ward clerk at Lebanon Community Hospital. After her retirement, she and Bob spent a couple of years traveling and enjoying their retirement before Jean followed her passion for helping others and returned to work. She worked for three years at Fairview Training Center in Salem until the facility closed. She then worked for a short time at Albany General Hospital before training to be a State Ombudsman volunteer working in the Albany/Lebanon area. Jean continued working for several more years as the weekend receptionist/Grandma for YES (Youth Entering Sobriety) House in Albany and later Corvallis. She retired from there when she was 87.
One of Jean's proudest moments was earning her high school diploma. Married at 16, she always wanted to complete her education. She followed that by taking several classes in creative writing, art and theater at Linn Benton Community College. Neighbors in the Holley community will remember the many activities she was involved in and the adventures of the pet monkey Jocko, whom she surprised her family with. She always meant to write a book titled "Don't Buy a Monkey on a Whim."
In their later years, Jean took comfort when she and Bob were baptized into the Brownsville Christian Church.
Jean is survived by her four children, Ed Petermen of Brownsville, Carol Carnley of Albany, Sarah Holland of Lebanon and Linda Franklin of Cottage Grove. She and Bob have eight grandchildren, Cindy Hamlin of Scio, Jeff Sanders of New Mexico, Stacie Robb of North Carolina, Scott Winter of Bend, Shelly Harkins of Drain, Toni Kutz of Lacomb and Chris Robin of Portland. Granddaughter Jeana Plagman of Wyoming preceded her in death. They also have fourteen great-grandchildren, and ten great-great-grandchildren!
The family will host a celebration of Jean's life on Sunday, October 3rd at 1:00 at Pioneer Park in Brownsville. A light lunch will be served, memories, laughter and tears will be shared.