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Ethel D. Petersen

Ethel D. (Forsyth) Petersen formerly of Bemidji, MN passed away March 31, 2008 at the Good Samaritan Society, Blackduck, MN.

Ethel D. Forsyth was born January 11, 1921 in Duluth, MN to parents Merle and Leo Forsyth. She was raised in Duluth and attended school in Hermantown, MN. Ethel married Rolland Petersen in Bemidji, MN in 1964. He preceded her in death in 1977. Ethel worked for many years as a seamstress for JC Penney, and nurses' aid at North Country Memorial Hospital in Bemidji. Her hobby and part time business was making and decorating wedding and birthday cakes.

She will be greatly missed by her niece, Kim (Scott) Kram of Aberdeen, SD. She is also survived by families of her husband Rollie and her brother Grant.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Rollie and her brother Grant.

Ethel, always giving in life, continues in death by donating her body to science.

A memorial service will be held Sunday, April 6, 2008, 3:30 PM at the Kabekona Free Methodist Church, Laporte, MN.

Ethel was well known for her strong love of the Lord and we rejoice in her achieving peace in Heaven.

Arrangements were entrusted to the Olson-Schwartz Funeral Home, Bemidji, MN.

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