Mary Petersen, 89, Albert Lea

Published 9:22 am Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Funeral services for Mary H. Petersen, 89, of Albert Lea, will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Trinity Lutheran Church. The Rev. Curtis Zieske will officiate. Interment will be in Hillcrest Cemetery. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church on Thursday. Online condolences are welcome at

Mary died on Sunday, Oct. 20, 2013, at the Good Samaritan Society in Albert Lea.

Mary Petersen

Mary Petersen

Mary Helen Petersen was born on March 22, 1924, in Albert Lea, the daughter of Ralph and Marie (Sorenson) Leidal. She was a lifetime resident of Albert Lea and a lifelong member of Trinity Lutheran Church where she had been baptized and confirmed. On June 30, 1943, Mary was united in marriage to Harry “Pat” Petersen at Trinity. Mary worked as a custodian at city hall and the library for 25 years, retiring at age 70. She enjoyed doing puzzles with her grandchildren and making floral arrangements. Mary especially enjoyed spending time with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Blessed be her memory.

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Survivors include her children James (Jill) Petersen of Hastings, Cathy Petersen of Blue Earth and Mark (Yun Cha) Petersen of South Korea; grandchildren Chet Petersen of Hastings, Holly (Jason) Studier of Sun Prairie, Wis., and their mother Donna Petersen of Albert Lea, and Jackie Kelley and Jenny Petersen of South Korea; great-grandchildren Gabriel, Noah, Paul and Ellie Studier; sisters Gladys Sigurdson of Albert Lea and Darlene “Dolly” (Lyle) Bird of Freeborn; and nieces and nephews.

Mary was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Harry “Pat” Petersen; brother, Lester (Lavonne) Leidal; sister, Betty (Bruce) Reed; twin sister, Ellen Mae (Charles) Boyer; and brother-in-law, Ralph Sigurdson.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to Trinity Lutheran Church, the Good Samaritan Society or to Mayo Clinic hospice.