February 13, 1923 – October 9, 2021 Age 98 of Anoka, Minnesota, went home to heaven October 9th. Ethel was born February 13, 1923, in Merrill, Iowa, to Lawrence and Kristine Petersen. They moved to St. Paul in 1938. During her years at Central High School, she met John Lee, and they were married in 1942. She worked as a receptionist in a doctor's office until March 1943 when John enlisted in the Navy. Upon returning to St. Paul in 1946, she served in many areas in her church including girls chorus, a deaconess, choir, Dorcas, a kindergarten Sunday School teacher, a leader in girls missionary guild, women's missionary fellowship, and book club. She also managed a Hallmark card and gift shop. Retirement falls and winters were spent in Bradenton, Florida. She enjoyed sewing, reading books, and doing word finds. She was a very proud grandma of 3 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. Ethel is survived by her daughter Barbara Erickson (Dennis); grandchildren Sandra Pettingell (David), Michael Erickson (Deann), and Janet Prussman (Jay); great-grandchildren Benjamin, Noah, Hannah Pettingell; Caleb, Lucas, Elijah Erickson; Katelyn, Madelyn, Megan Prussman, Hailey Hirth; brother Calvin Petersen (Mary), and step-sister Romola Edwards, nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband of 71 years, John; sister Muriel Paulson (Harold); brother Lemuel Petersen (Melba); step-brother Allen Petersen (Dorothy); father Lawrence Petersen; mother Kristine Petersen; step-mother Mabel Petersen. A private memorial service will be held Saturday, October 16, 2021. Burial at Oakland Cemetery. Memorials preferred to Bethel University for the John A. and Ethel M. Lee Journalism Scholarship (EAL107) and Trout Lake Camp.
Published by Pioneer Press on Oct. 15, 2021.