Marjorie Jean Petersen (September 7, 2012)

August 17, 1920 ~ September 7, 2012

Monday, September 10, 2012
1:00-9:00 PM
Burmeister-Johannsen Funeral Home
Harlan, Iowa
The family will be present to greet friends from 5:00-8:00 PM at the Funeral Home.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012
10:30 AM
Bethlehem Lutheran Church
Jacksonville, Iowa
Burial will be in the Jacksonville Cemetery, Jacksonville, Iowa

3 Daughters – Marlene Hansen of Jacksonville, IA
Marilee (David L.) Christensen of Harlan, IA
Marlys (Randall) Larsen of Walnut, IA
1 Son – Mark (Shirlyn) Petersen of Kimballton, IA
3 Sisters – Mary Lou Hoover of Guthrie Center, IA
Clara Jo Harnack of Spirit Lake, IA
Donna Lee Treon of Bentonville, AR
1 Brother – Gary Hopkins of Scranton, IA
10 Grandchildren
19 Great-grandchildren
3 Great-great-grandchildren
Other Relatives & Friends

Marjorie Jean Petersen, the daughter of Edmund Freed and Bessie Olive (Watson) Hopkins, was born on August 17, 1920, in rural Adair, Iowa. She attended country school in Adair County, followed by two years of high school in Guthrie Center, Iowa. Marjorie then worked as a hired girl for area families.

On August 30, 1939, Marjorie married Mads Christian Petersen at the Bethlehem Lutheran Church parsonage in Jacksonville, Iowa. The couple farmed near Poplar, Iowa, until Mads’ death in Harlan, Iowa, on January 11, 1965. From 1969-1976, Marjorie worked as Society editor for the Harlan Newspapers; she received state awards for her writing. She moved to Kimballton, Iowa, in 1974, and worked as the Activity Director at the Salem Lutheran Home from 1976-1980. Marjorie became a resident of the Salem Lutheran Home on March 23, 2012.

Marjorie was a member of Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Jacksonville, Iowa. A well-known and community-minded individual, Marjorie had been a member of numerous community organizations. She was active in many community activities and was the first woman to serve on the Bethlehem Lutheran Church council and the Kimballton Town Council. She enjoyed visiting and learning about people. Marjorie had a big smile and truly loved life; she especially liked traveling, art, handwork, and most of all, spending time with her grandchildren.

Marjorie J. Petersen died on Friday, September 7, 2012, at the Salem Lutheran Home in Elk Horn, Iowa, at the age of 92 years and 21 days.

Marjorie was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Mads Petersen; three brothers, James Hopkins, Duane Hopkins, and Larry Hopkins; and one great-granddaughter, Virginia Ellis. She is survived by three daughters, Marlene Hansen of Jacksonville, Iowa, Marilee (David L.) Christensen of Harlan, Iowa, and Marlys (Randall) Larsen of Walnut, Iowa; one son, Mark (Shirlyn) Petersen of Kimballton, Iowa; three sisters, Mary Lou Hoover of Guthrie Center, Iowa, Clara Jo Harnack of Spirit Lake, Iowa, and Donna Lee Treon of Bentonville, Arkansas; one brother, Gary Hopkins of Scranton, Iowa; ten grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; and other relatives and friends.

The funeral service was held on Tuesday, September 11, 2012, at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Jacksonville, Iowa, with Pastor Ron Rasmussen presiding. Serving as organist was Peggy Doonan, and Jim Storjohann was the soloist. Casket bearers were Tami Kohl, Lisa Frank, Libby Shelton, Chantil Ellis, Troy Petersen, Layne Hansen, Nathan Larsen, Todd Petersen, Arlan Christensen, and Cami Christensen. Burial was in the Jacksonville Cemetery, Jacksonville, Iowa. The Burmeister-Johannsen Funeral Home in Harlan, Iowa, was in charge of the arrangements. Condolences may be left online at

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7 Responses to Marjorie Jean Petersen (September 7, 2012)

  1. Dennis and Linda Nissen says:

    Dear Marilee, David and family,
    Mark, Shirlyn and family,

    Our deepest sympathy in the loss of your mother.
    May the wonderful memories you have of your mother comfort you at this time. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

    Dennis and Linda Nissen

  2. Loen R. Christensen says:

    Good ole’ “Aunt Margie” as I called her, always had a good thing to say, took care of me many an afternoon when mom worked at the home in Elk Horn, and took the best picture I have as a little boy. My Petersen cousins and I enjoyed all the years we were blessed with her. She was a bright spot in life for all of us.

  3. John Williams says:

    Sorry to hear of the death of Marjorie. She will really be missed. I always enjoyed our visits. John Williams, a 1st cousin

  4. Jeanette & Merlyn Knudsen says:

    What wonderful memories you have of Marjorie. Her service to the church and community will be remembered. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family at this time.

  5. Marthann Kohl-Fuhs says:

    Tami, Dave, Josh & Justin,
    SO SORRY for your loss.
    May she rest in peace.
    Love Marthann

  6. Suzanne Warne says:

    So very sorry to hear of Marjories passing. She was a wonderful person. She will be missed by so many. The first cousin rankes are getting very small now, we must treasure the remining one’s even more. God Bless and keep all of you.

    Suzanne Warne daughter of Betty Lee Hopkins

  7. Lillian Kinkennon says:

    I am not driving yet since eye surgery, so will not get to the visitation or service. Please accept my sympathy in this form. May your memories be all good ones, and may the Lord comfort all of you as only He can.

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