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Obituary: Patty Petersen, 1927-2018

Published June 29, 2018 at 5:30 a.m.
Updated June 29, 2018 at 3:38 p.m.

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Patty Petersen died peacefully on June 24, 2018, surrounded by her family in a serene space at Mayo Continuing Care in Northfield, Vt.

She was born Margaret Patricia McGovern on September 24, 1927, in Wayne, Pa. She married Dick Petersen in Woodstock, N.Y., in 1953, with whom she had three children: Sven, Jody and Erik. The family moved to Jericho, Vt., in 1965, where Patty taught preschool at Saxon Hill School. In the early '70s she worked for Video Feedback and Davinci Laboratories in Burlington. She also delighted in voicing radio spots for the Ice House Restaurant. Next, Patty moved to St. Croix.

In 1989 Hurricane Hugo devastated the island, and Patty came home to central Vermont. She worked for the Barre-Montpelier Times Argus newspaper and later for the Vermont Department of Tourism and Marketing. She was diagnosed with dementia in 2009 and moved to Mayo Continuing Care in Northfield, where she was treated like royalty for the last eight and a half years.

She leaves behind her sons, Sven and Erik; daughter, Jody; grandchildren Chelsey, Jack, Alyssa, Brevik, Caitlin, Daya and Ellie; and five great-grandchildren.

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