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Mary Petersen

June 23, 2014
Estherville News

ESTHERVILLE - Graveside services for Mary Petersen, 93, of Estherville will be held at 11:30 a.m., Friday, June 27, 2014 at East Side Cemetery in Estherville

She died Monday, June 23, 2014, at the Estherville Good Samaritan Society. Mary was a lifelong resident of Estherville. She was born on Jan. 1, 1921, to Oswald and Irene Connell Tostenrud. She had two older brothers, Russell and Lane; an older sister, Lucylle; and a younger brother, Donald. Mary received her education in the Estherville schools, graduating in 1938, and then attended Estherville Junior College. After college, she was a bookkeeper for the J.C. Penney store in Estherville. On July 5, 1947, Mary and Edward Petersen of Terril were united in marriage. Mary served as Emmet County Clerk of Court from 1953 until her retirement in 1976. After retirement, Mary and Ed enjoyed traveling and spent many winters in Phoenix. Mary and Ed celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in 1997.

Surviving Mary are her sisters-in-law, Arlene Tostenrud and Agnes Tostenrud; her nieces, Sharon Anderson, Amy Wise and Marilyn Wells; and her nephews, Ed Tostenrud, Robert Tostenrud, Eric Tostenrud and Roger Petersen.

Preceding Mary in death were her parents; her husband, Ed; her siblings, Russ Tostenrud, Lucylle Anderson, Lane Tostenrud and Don Tostenrud; her nephews, Mick Anderson, Duane Petersen and Ronald Petersen; and her nieces, Norma Schmeling and Frances Feekes. Online condolences may be sent to

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the Good Samaritan activities program or memory care unit.



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