Goshen News, Goshen, IN


August 27, 2013

Thomas C. Petersen

NAPPANEE — Thomas C. Petersen, 91, widower of Dorothy Alice Petersen, entered into rest at 12:55 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 25, 2013 at Elkhart General Hospital after a long illness.

He was born in Franklin Park, Ill., on Dec. 30, 1921. He was preceded in death by his parents, Axel and Carla (Erickson) Petersen; and two brothers, Raymond and Stanley Petersen.

Survivors include two daughters, Katherine (Milton) Becker, McCormick, S.C., and Kristine (Bill) Best, Nappanee; a son, Thomas (Connie) Petersen, Annapolis, Md.; six grandchildren, Milton Becker, Kimberly Becker-Greer, Erika Curry, Eric Petersen, Kyle Petersen and Stephanie Gibbs; and eight great-grandchildren, Samantha Becker, Victoria Becker-Greer, Whitney Becker-Greer, Grace Becker, Sophie Petersen, Luke Becker, Alexander Curry and Robert Gibbs.

Tom graduated from Leyden High School in Franklin Park, Ill. He was a Navy veteran of World War II. He worked as a Journeyman Plasterer in Chicago until his retirement. Following retirement he moved to Nappanee in 1988. He loved his family, good food, tinkering with electronics, golf, and supporting his Chicago sports teams.

Following cremation, inurnment will take place in the Irving Park Cemetery, Chicago, next to his loving wife, Dorothy, at a later date.

Memorial contributions may be given to the Nappanee Public Library.


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