J.M. Petersen

                     16 Sept 1881 - 12 Nov 1969


- Obituary transcribed and submitted by Constance for Iowa in the Great War
The Olin Recorder
Anamosa Eureka, Jones Co., Iowa
20 Nov 1969
Page 7, column six
J.M. Petersen of Olin Dies on Wednesday, Nov. 12.
OLIN -- Johannes M. Petersen, 88, died Wednesday, Nov. 12 at Anamosa Community hospital following a brief illness.

Funeral services were held at St. John American Lutheran church, Olin, on Saturday, Nov. 14, at 1:30 p.m. Rev Harold F. Tegtmeier conducted the service. Interment was in Antioch cemetery.

Pallbearers included Ronald Paulsen, Bruce Conwell, Steve Story, Lynn Babcock, Loren Hartwig and Noel Koranda.

Mrs. Kenneth Guhl was organist. Henry Biere was soloist.
Johannes was born Sept. 17, 1881, son of Peter Samuel and Magdalene Petersen in Bordelum, Schleswig Holstein., Germany. He was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran church in Bordelum and received his formal and Christian education there. When he was 17 years old, his parents emigrated to the United States, but Johannes, being of military age was not allowed to leave Germany.

On May 12, 1907, he was united in marriage to Pauline Conrad in Bredstedt, Germany. From 1914 to 1918 he saw active duty in the military forces (German) during World War I, receiving the Iron Cross for outstanding service.

He brought his wife and six children to the United States, landing in New York on Nov. 12, 1923. The family settled in Jones county where the rest of his life was spent in farming. After living on various farms in Jones county, he and his wife spent their retirment years on a small acreage at Newport Mills, northwest of Olin.

He was a member of St. John American Lutheran church, Olin, for many years. On May 12, 1969, the couple observed their 62nd wedding anniversary with nearly all of their family present to share in the occasion.
Survivors Told
Survivors include his wife, Pauline; six children, Ann (Mrs. Emil Paulsen), Scotch Grove; Peter Petersen, Hale; Christine (Mrs. Paul Ketchum), Olin; Toni (Mrs. Charles Hahn), Cedar Rapids; Magda (Mrs. Leonard Hartwig), Hale; Johanna (Mrs. Otto Koranda), Oxford Junction; 18 grandchildren and 36 great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers, six sisters and one granddaughter.

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