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Norma L. Petersen, age 82, of Greenville, passed away on Sunday morning, June 19 2005 with the same grace and dignity she possessed throughout her life. The daughter of Howard R. & Nina (Pennells) Farrington, she was born on Nov. 21, 1922 in Belding. On Jan. 30, 1943 she married LeRoy Carl Occie Petersen, who was serving with the U.S. Army Air Corps in Louisiana during World War II. Norma was a loving wife, aunt, and friend to many, in addition to being an active member of the Community of Christ Church (the former Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints) in Greenville where she has taught Sunday School for many years.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and her beloved husband of 59 years, Occie, on Feb. 26, 2002; two sisters, Ruth Bauman, and Viva Bauman; two brothers-in-law, Lester Gus Petersen, and Irving Petersen; and two sisters-in-law, Vivian Truesdall and Irene Petersen. Surviving are a sister and brother-in-law, Lena & Bill Sherwood of Escondido, California; and their daughters, Sue & Donald Wiley of Murrieta, California, Marcia J. & Jerry Dawson of Northville, and Norma Renee & Guy Burgess of Garner, North Carolina; many other dear nieces, nephews, and cousins; and her church family at the Community of Christ.

Memorial services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 13, 2004 from the Community of Christ Church, 814 E. Coffren Avenue, Greenville, with Elder Varian Bauman officiating. Honoring her wishes, cremation has taken place and final interment will be in Rest Haven Memory Gardens, Belding. In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of Norma may be directed to the Community of Christ Church. The Brown-Teman & Christiansen Funeral Home, Greenville, is serving the family and was entrusted with the arrangements.


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