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Beverly M. Petersen

January 11, 2018 GMT

Cleghorn, Iowa

Beverly M. Petersen, 83, of rural Cleghorn, passed away peacefully, Tuesday morning, Jan. 9, 2018, at Happy Siesta Care Center in Remsen, Iowa.

Memorial services will be 2 p.m. Saturday at First Presbyterian Church in Cleghorn. The Rev. Eric Wright will officiate. Burial will be in Marcus-Amherst Cemetery at a later date. There will be a family prayer service at 1:45 p.m. Saturday at the church. Visitation will be 3 to 7 p.m. Friday, with the family present 5 to 7 p.m., at Boothby Funeral Home in Cherokee, Iowa. Online condolences can be left at www.boothbyfuneral.com.

Beverly was born on May 26, 1934, in Grand Meadow, Iowa, to William and Lucinda (Hall) Irwin. She graduated from Grand Meadow High School in 1951. She attended Wayne State Teacher’s College in Wayne, Neb., receiving an associate arts degree in elementary education in 1953. She later attended Westmar College in Le Mars Iowa, receiving her bachelor of arts degree in elementary education in 1973.

Beverly was married to Dean Petersen on June 10, 1956 at Meadow Star Church in rural Washta, Iowa. They celebrated their 61st wedding anniversary in 2017. Beverly had a passion for teaching. She was an elementary school teacher for 30 years, teaching in Cherokee, Marcus, and Meriden-Cleghorn Schools, retiring in May 1994.

She was a member of First Presbyterian Church in Cleghorn, where she was active in the church circle and the Mariner’s Group in earlier years. Beverly enjoyed playing bridge, reading, gardening, cooking and baking, singing in the church choir and quartet, and was an avid supporter of high school athletics. She loved her winter home in Texas, where she and Dean spent several years making many cherished friendships.

She is survived by her husband, Dean; her three children, Laurel (Michael) Manoles of Golden Valley, Minn., Bryan (Laura) Petersen of Cleghorn, and Bradley (Mona) Petersen of Cohasset, Minn.; 10 grandchildren and one great-granddaughter, Erin Manoles, Nicholas (Amy) Manoles, Baley Petersen (Elliott Mimms), Tucker Petersen (Danielle Harmdierks), Elisa Lundquist (Neil Schulze) and their daughter, Harper Schulze, Jace Lundquist, Kelsey (Brent) Perreault, Kasey Petersen (Sean DuBe’) Karley Petersen, and Claire Petersen; two sisters-in-law, Maxine Irwin of Washta, and Bonnie Irwin of Marcus; and nieces, nephews, many close friends, and hundreds of former students.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and two brothers, Kenneth and Cecil Irwin.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to the Alzheimer’s Association or The Dreams Program at Happy Siesta Care Center in Remsen.