Mrs. Josephine Ellen Petersen, age 82 of Westfield, passed away peacefully on October 6, 2010, at Aspirus Hospice House in Wausau. She was born on December 15, 1927 in Chicago to William and Josephine (Lipuma) Farrell. She joins her devoted husband, James Morris Petersen, to whom she was married for more than 30 years. Her husband James passed away in 1981.
Josephine is survived by her 5 children, James (Leslie), MI, Nels (Carol), Portage, William (Sue), Westfield, Joanne Petersen, Stevens Point and Henry (Tina), VA; by her 5 beloved grandchildren Naomi, Adam, Christian, Rachel and Jim; and by her 3 great grandchildren, Aria, Kali, and Gavin. She is also survived by her sisters, Delores (Pete) Hendrickson, Rosella (Pete) Madellini and Mary Greco; her brother, Joseph (Mary) Ryan and numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Josephine was preceded in death by her parents; her step father, William Ryan and brother, James Farrell.
Josephine was a beloved wife and devoted mother who worked all her life for the betterment of her family and community. She worked several years for Marquette County Senior Services at their meal site in Montello, and then in Westfield, before retiring recently. Josephine was a devout Catholic and an active member of Good Shepherd Catholic Church in Westfield where she sang in the choir until she recently moved to Oakridge Assisted Living in Stevens Point to be near her daughter, Joanne. She also sang with the Zona Gale Choir in Portage for many years. Josephine is lovingly remembered, and is now with God.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Tuesday, October 12, 2010 at 11:00 a.m. at Good Shepherd Catholic Church, Westfield with Rev. Michael Richel officiating. Interment will be in Westfield East Cemetery. A visitation will be held on Monday, October 11, 2010 from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. with a prayer service at 7:00 p.m. at Steinhaus-Holly Funeral Home, Westfield and on Tuesday from 10:00 a.m. until the hour of service at the church. In lieu of flowers memorials are appreciated to Good Shepherd Catholic Church.