Monday, December 24, 2012

Obit of Mary (Zorn) Petersen

Mary Frieda Petersen, 93, of Ashkum, passed away Friday (Dec. 21, 2012) at Merkle-Knipprath Catholic Home in Clifton.

Mary was born Oct. 16, 1919, in Chatsworth, the daughter of Adolph and Ruth Entwistle Zorn. She married Arnold Rigsby in 1941 in Fairbury, and he preceded her in death in November 2005. She later married Delmer Petersen in April 1976 in Fairbury, and he survives.

Other survivors include three daughters, Carol Haas and Linda (Ervin) VanWinkle, both of Seymour, Tenn., and Ruth (Jim) Winterland, of Fairbury; one son, Dale (Cathy) Rigsby, of Fairbury; one stepdaughter, Ruth (Darryl) Kleinert, of Chebanse; one stepson, Roy (Vicky) Petersen, of Ashkum; nine grandchildren; 18 stepgrandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; 28 stepgreat-grandchildren; and one stepgreat-great-grandchild.

She was preceded in death by her parents; one brother, Paul Zorn; and one grandson, Douglas VanWinkle.

Mrs. Petersen owned and operated the Grand Ballroom in Chatsworth and was a seamstress for the Fairbury Garment Co. She loved sewing, antiques, crafting and fishing.

Visitation will be from 11 a.m. Monday until the 1 p.m. funeral service at Knapp Funeral Home in Clifton. The Rev. Dan Shipton will officiate. Burial will be in the Chatsworth City Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to Merkle-Knipprath Catholic Home.

Please sign her online guestbook at

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