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PETERSEN, Bernhardt (1860-1952)


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Date: 3/24/2021 at 19:53:46

Bernhardt Petersen
(August 8, 1860 – January 12, 1952)

Battle Creek Times, Battle Creek, Iowa, Thurs., Jan 24, 1952, p.1
Obituary – Bernhardt Petersen
Bernhardt Petersen, son of Peter and Lucy Petersen, was born at Hattsted in Schleswig, Holstein, Germany, August 8, 1860, the oldest of seven children. He came to America at the age of seventeen and worked as a farm hand at Onslow, Iowa. He was married there November 6, 1884, to Martha Jansen. They farmed near Onslow three years before coming to this part of Iowa where they farmed in Woodbury and Ida Counties until 1911. After retiring Mr. and Mrs. Petersen lived in Anthon nine years before coming to Battle Creek to make their home. Since 1945 they lived with their children. Mrs. Petersen died November 24, 1947, at the age of 91 years. Mr. Petersen died January 12 at the Battle Creek Hospital where he had been a patient many months. He was 91 years old at the time of his death. Funeral services were conducted Wednesday afternoon of last week at St. John’s Lutheran Church with Rev. George Griesse officiating. Mrs. W. R. Johnson was organist and Mrs. Virgil Johnson, Mrs. Frederick Griesse, Murlene and LaMae Jessen and Doloris Bumann sang “Asleep in Jesus” and “For Me to Live is Jesus.” Mr. and Mrs. Paul Rehse and Mr. and Mrs. Henry Jensen arranged the flowers and Frank Burow had charge of the cars. Burial in Mount Hope Cemetery was directed by the Christensen Funeral Home. Pallbearers were: Walter Albers, Donald Petersen, Benjamin Petersen, Paul Goodman, John Petersen Jr., and Raymond Petersen. Survivors are four sons: Peter of Correctionville, Tom and Jens of Anthon; and John of Danbury; and two daughters, Mrs. Dick (Laura) Albers of Battle Creek and Mrs. Oscar (Ella) Goodman of Correctionville, twenty-five grandchildren and forty-three great grandchildren. Preceding him in death in addition to his wife were one son, Henry, who died in 1939, his parents, and all of his brothers and sisters.


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