MARQUETTE, MI. – Rita J. Petersen, age 91, of Marquette, entered eternal life Thursday morning, September 26, 2013, at Mill Creek Assisted Living in the loving, comforting care of her family and the caregivers at Mill Creek.
Rita was born in Marquette on January 6, 1922, a daughter of Edmund and Mary (Racine) Trottier. Following graduation from the Graveraet High School in 1940, Rita moved to Washington, DC where she was employed as a secretary with the US Department of the Navy. She later moved back to Marquette where, throughout her secretarial career, she was employed with the Michigan State Police, Marquette City Hall, and finally with the Marquette County Clerk’s Office, from where she retired in 1987. Rita was a member of the former St. John the Baptist Catholic Church and currently a member of St. Christopher Catholic Church. She belonged to the Home Extension Club, loved to knit, and enjoyed ceramics, painting, and craftwork. In retirement, Rita enjoyed daily walks with her friends. Her heart, however, was never far from family and she dearly loved her children and grandchildren.
Rita is survived by her daughter, Sandy (Joe) Meyskens; son, Robert (Sandy) Petersen both of Marquette; three grandchildren, Brian (Fiancee, Melissa) Petersen, Emily (Mike) Gregorich, and Ryan Meyskens: four great-granddaughters, Brittanie, Brianna, Addisyn, and Olivia; her sister, Shirley Nedeau; several nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents, Rita was preceded in death by her husband, Guy Arthur Petersen whom she married in 1951; and her brother, Robert Trottier.
The family will receive relatives and friends at St. Christopher Catholic Church on Monday, September 30, beginning at 10:00 am. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 12:00 noon with Rev. Msgr. Jed Patrick as celebrant. A reception will follow in the church fellowship hall. Burial will be made in the Holy Cross Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to UPAWS (Upper Peninsula Animal Welfare Shelter) P.O. Box 968, Marquette, MI 49855.
The family would like to express their sincere appreciation to the staff at Mill Creek for the many kindnesses extended to Rita and her family.
The Fassbender Funeral Home is serving the family, where condolences may be expressed online at fassbenderfuneralhome.com