Inge Petersen

Inge PetersenOct. 21, 1919 – May 17, 2014

Inge Petersen died Saturday, May 17, 2014, at North Big Horn Hospital in Lovell.  She spent several years at the Care Center and was much loved.  She lived a long, eventful, productive life and blessed the lives of many people.  She will be greatly missed.

Inge was born on Oct. 21, 1919, to Ernst and Erika Peters in Berlin, Germany.  She had one older sister, Marga Kirsch, who preceded her in death.  She went to school in Koenigsberg, East Prussia, and loved learning different languages.  She also loved animals, especially dogs, and the outdoors.

She graduated from high school and started studying pharmacy right before World War II began.  As the Russians closed in on her city, she was able to escape to Denmark and became a prisoner of war there for several months until the war ended.  She then came to Hamburg, where she finished her pharmacy degree.

She joined the LDS Church in Hamburg and later served a mission in southern Germany.  She corresponded with Fred Petersen (deceased), who she married in 1957.  Fred was serving in the U.S. Army in Germany at this time.  Soon after they were married he was transferred to Fort Benning, Ga., where their three children, Maren, Marga and Daniel, were born.

Some years later, they moved to Tucson, Ariz., where Inge and Fred attended the University of Arizona.  Inge received her pharmacy degree again (at about the age of 55).  After Inge and Fred graduated, they moved to Burlington, then to Basin and finally to Lovell in 1975.  In Lovell, Inge served as the pharmacist at the North Big Horn Hospital for 20 years.

Inge loved to knit and make things for people. She had a deep love for others and was always looking for ways to help them.  She especially loved children.  She loved life and was always interested in learning and in the world around her.  Friends and family will miss her bright smile, her sweet spirit and her optimistic outlook.

Inge is survived by her three children, Maren (and Gordon) Parry of Manassas, Va., Marga Petersen of Draper, Utah, and Daniel Petersen of Newport News, Va.; five grandchildren, Jennifer Parry, Michelle (and Mike) Meaders, Kirsten Parry, Robert Parry and Alyson Parry; and one great- granddaughter, Lily May Meaders.

A viewing will be held at the Lovell LDS Church at noon on Friday, May 23, followed by the funeral at 2 p.m.

To send one of our special floral arrangements, please call Valley Flowers & Gifts in Lovell, 307-548-7101