Dorothy A. Petersen
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Dorothy A. Petersen, age 87, of Columbus, Nebraska and formerly of Utica, South Dakota, died Tuesday, July 15, 2014 at the Golden Living Center in Columbus.

Funeral services are 10:30 AM, on Friday, July 18, 2014 at the Wintz & Ray Funeral Home in Yankton, South Dakota with Reverend Dean Schroeder officiating. Burial will be in the Danish Lutheran Cemetery in rural Gayville, South Dakota. Visitation is from 5:00 to 8:00 PM, on Thursday, July 17, at the Wintz & Ray Funeral Home in Yankton with a prayer service at 7:00 PM. Visitation will continue one hour prior to the funeral services.

Pallbearers are Steve Moenning, Dan Moenning, Brian Petersen, Joe McNeil, Bill Koutner, and Barry VanOsdel. Honorary pallbearers are Juliette Petersen, Jenelle Petersen, Tanya DeNoon, Julie Petersen, and Megan Moenning.

Dorothy Ann Petersen was born April 14, 1927, in Yankton, South Dakota to Melvin and Viola (Hoffman) Nelson. She grew up in the Gayville area and attended Union Country School. She graduated from Gayville High School in 1945 and received her Teacher's Certificate from Southern State Normal School in Springfield, South Dakota. She taught in country schools for a few years and on November 30, 1948 she married Orlin Petersen in Gayville, South Dakota. They moved to a farm near Mission Hill until moving to the Utica Area, where she helped purchase the family farm in 1965. She later moved to Yankton in 2008 and then to Columbus, Nebraska in 2009.

Dorothy was a prolific reader and loved to collect cookbooks and recipes. She had a wonderful sense of humor, enjoyed attending events at the nursing home in Columbus and loved to meet new people and listen to their stories.

Survivors include her three children: Robert (Arde) Petersen of Columbus, Nebraska; Lynn (Nancy) Petersen of East Dundee, Illinois; and Janet (Derald) Moenning of Norfolk, Nebraska; seven grandchildren: Julie, Jenelle, Brian, Jim, Tonya, Steve and Dan; two great grandchildren: Ethan and Natalie; brother, Maurice (Eleanor) Nelson of Gayville; sister, Eileen Hoenstein of Ames, Iowa; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents and husband Orlin.




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Bob, Lynn, and Janet,

My sincere sympathy to each of you as you give a farewell to your Mother. I remember you all as neighbors when you lived on the farm near Utica and we all attended Wilson District 54. Fond memories.

Irene Hejl Wolf


Bob, Lynn, Janet and families,

My thoughts and prayers are with you. Aunt Dorothy was a kind and thoughtful person. May you find comfort in your many memories.

Judy VanOsdel


I would like to know the address to send a sympathy card and letter to Bob, Lynn, Janet and families. I am related through their dad, Orlin. His mother was my grandmother's sister. Is it best to send such to you? Thanks

dennis biesman


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