Phyllis Petersen, age 96, of Hector and formerly Bird Island died Saturday, June 22, 2019 at Prairie View Assisted Living in Hector. Funeral services are Wednesday, June 26th at 11:00 a.m. Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Bird Island with Rev. Mandy France officiating. Burial is in the Bird Island City Cemetery. Visitation for Phyllis is Wednesday at the church for one hour prior to the service. Arrangements are with Dirks-Blem Funeral Service of Olivia.
Phyllis Ann Petersen was born August 13, 1922 in Olivia, MN, to Philip and Johanna (Visser) Grasser. She grew up in Olivia and attended St. Aloysius Grade School and graduated from Olivia High School. Phyllis married Peter Sofus Petersen on December 24, 1942 at Sturgis, SD. Phyllis and Peter lived and farmed northeast of Bird Island and were blessed with three children. Peter passed away in 1990 and after her son Herman passed away in 2002 she moved into Bird Island. Phyllis was a faithful member of Our Savior’s Lutheran Church where she was a member of the Ladies Aid and enjoyed helping in the kitchen and preparing food for the annual Fair Stand. She had lovingly taught Sunday School to 4 and 5 year olds for many years. Phyllis was also a longtime member of the American Legion Auxiliary and her scrabble club. Phyllis enjoyed knitting, crocheting, cribbage, playing cards, word games, traveling, and was an avid reader. She was fondly known as “Big Phyllis” to many friends and family members. Phyllis had made her home at Prairie View Assisted Living in Hector these past 15 years.
Phyllis is survived by her daughters: Penny (Dennis) Macik and Karen Bright; grandchildren: Lisa (Andy) Barth, Lori (Tony) Lang, Steve Theis, Dawn (Steve) Schultz, Jo (Ryan) Thole, and Dane Macik; great-grandchildren: Peter Barth, Ben Barth (fiancé Mariah Schug), Leah Lang, Joe Lang, Ann Lang, Cameron Schultz, Chloe Schultz, Carter Macik, and Chet Macik; and sisters Carrie Voza and Pat Freerks. Phyllis was preceded in death by her parents; husband Peter S. Petersen; son Herman Petersen; son-in-law Norb Bright; her brother Don Grasser; sisters Elaine Lingenfelter and Jean Sherman; brothers-in-law Al Voza and Gene Freerks; in-laws Lauritz and Magda Petersen; and brother-in-law Herman Petersen.
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