Joan Petersen

Born in George, IA
Born on Feb 27, 1932
Departed on Jul 28, 2019

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Joan R. Petersen, 87, of Cedar Rapids, passed away on Sunday, July 28, 2019.

A service celebrating Joan’s life will be held at 10:30 am Tuesday, August 6, 2019 at St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church, Cedar Rapids, with the Rev. Ritva Williams officiating. Burial will be in Cedar Memorial Park Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 5:00-7:00 pm Monday, August 5, 2019 at the Cedar Memorial Park Chapel Stateroom.

Survivors include her children, Steve (Ann) Petersen of Cedar Rapids; Sue (Tom) Sohrweide of White Bear Lake, MN; grandchildren, Jennifer (Jonathan) Yuska, Kelsey Sohrweide, Jay (Natalie) Petersen and Tyson Sohrweide; great grandchildren, Landon, Grayson and Sydney.

She was preceded in death by her parents, and husband Burgess Petersen in 2015.

Joan Ruth Klinkenborg was born February 27, 1932 in George, Iowa, the daughter of Howard and Olyve (Broscha) Klinkenborg. She graduated from the Iowa State Teachers’s College in 1951. On June 24, 1954 she married Burgess Petersen in George, Iowa. Joan was an elementary school teacher for 34 years, retiring from the Cedar Rapids Community School District in 1990. She enjoyed travel, lighthouses, and the Iowa Hawkeyes.

The family would especially like to thank the staff of Hospice of Mercy and Keystone Cedars for the love, exceptional care and support they gave their mother.

For everything there is a season. A time for us to mourn, a time for her to dance.

Memorials may be given in her name to the St. Jude’s Children Hospital or the charity of the donor’s choice.