Wilma Mae Petersen

Born: Wed., May 18, 1927
Died: Sun., Sep. 7, 2008

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Wilma Mae Petersen was born on May 18, 1927 to Fred G. Nelson and Anna M. Nelson near Hayward, MN. Baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith. At 2 years of age she moved with her family to Greene County, Iowa, near Jefferson. It was there that she started school in a rural school. After about 7 years, the family moved back to MN, where Wilma attended Buckeye school. Later, moving to Alden, she continued school there and graduated high school in 1945. Wilma was employed as a switchboard operator at the telephone office in Alden from 1945-1948. On August 22, 1948 she married Marlin F. Voigt at Grace Lutheran Church in Alden. The couple moved to Sioux Falls, SD where her husband attended Augustana College. Following Marlin's graduation, they lived in Geddes, SD and Hawarden, IA where Mr. Voigt held teaching and coaching positions, and Wilma was then a stay home housewife and mother. Following her husband's untimely and tragic death at Hawarden in 1953, Wilma, expecting their second child, and the couples' four-year-old son, returned to Alden. She returned to her previous position with the telephone company until the change over to dial. In 1957 Wilma and her two young sons moved into Albert Lea. Wilma and Norman "Pete" Petersen were married in Mason City, IA. on July 25, 1959. In 1960, the family moved back to Alden where Norman was an agent with Standard Oil. To this union two daughters were born, Glenda and Vonda, to join their older brothers, Marlin and Steve. Wilma enjoyed staying at home with the children, and taking business service calls for Pete. With children grown she worked from 1977-1981 as a nurses aide at St. John's Lutheran Home in Albert Lea. After her husband's retirement, the couple enjoyed some traveling. Their children and grandchildren were their greatest joy. Following the death of her husband, Norman, in April 1995, Wilma left their Alden home and moved to Albert Lea. Following the progression of Alzheimer's, Wilma moved to Duluth to be close to two of her four children. Her final residence was Diamond Willow Memory Care in Proctor, MN. Survivors include her children, Marlin Sara Voigt of Orlando, FL, Steve Julie Voigt of Pine City, MN, Glenda Jim Sweeney of Duluth, MN and Vonda Ray Lucking of Hastings, MN; 9 grandchildren; in-laws, Gerry and Dori Petersen of Alden, MN; many nieces, nephews and life-long friends. Wilma was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Marlin Voigt; husband, Norman Petersen; sisters Margaret Nelson Doud, Valborg Nelson Givant Madere and Alice Nelson Overgaard; brother, Raymond Nelson, infant granddaughter Emma Leigh Lucking; and in-laws, Kelsey and Lavonne Petersen. Memorials preferred to Redeemer Lutheran Church, Alden Cemetery, Alzheimer's Foundation, or the American Porphyria Foundation.

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   Posted Mon September 08, 2008
I also have fond memories of Wilma. She was always so nice to me.

Leila Voigt Jans

Mary VOIGT Fuller
   Posted Mon September 08, 2008
I fondly remember Wilma. She was always such a kind person. I am sorry for her passing. I know her children and grandchildren will miss her. I remember my cousins from so long ago it seems.
May God comfort you Marley, Stevie, Glenda and Vonda.
Mary Fuller

Chad Ballandby
   Posted Tue September 09, 2008
I want to send my deepest sympathy. I was always proud to have Wilma and Pete as my Godparents. When I was young they always remembered birthdays and special occasions: That made me feel wonderful. They were there for me at my confirmation, wedding, and my son's baptism. I saved the money clip they had given me, as a gift for confirmaion in 1983 and was proud to pass it on to my son last year, as he was confirmed. My life truly is better having had Wilma as a part of it.

Berle & Dian Givant
   Posted Wed September 10, 2008

Jane Hammes
   Posted Thu September 11, 2008
Vonda & family,
We extend our deepest and most sincere sympathies for the loss of your dear mother. You are in our thoughts and prayers, always.

Jay, Jane, Casey & Tony

Theresa Knudtson
   Posted Thu September 11, 2008
I remember Wilma when I was young, her family and mine would get together from time to time. May God bless each and everyone of you now and always.
Theresa Skogheim Knudtson

Christine Huntress
   Posted Mon September 15, 2008
I was so glad to be there to celebrate what a wonderful life she had. She was the best Grandmother that anyone could ever ask for. I just wish that I had the chance to share her with my kids some day but it will have to be done through pictures and stories.

Christine Huntress
   Posted Mon May 18, 2009
Happy Birthday Grandma! I will never forget your day!
I miss you..... and think about you all the time!

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