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In Memory of Muriel Petersen


May 28, 1926 - September 4, 2020

Muriel L. Petersen, 94, a resident of Traditions of Frederic, Frederic, WI, passed away on September 4, 2020.  She was born May 28, 1926 at her parent’s farm in the Bass Lake community near Grantsburg, WI. 

Muriel grew up on the family farm with her parents and her five sisters.  She was baptized, confirmed, and later married at Bethany Lutheran Church, Grantsburg, WI.  She attended Bass Lake School and graduated from Grantsburg High School in 1944. 

She began her teaching career by attending Polk County Teacher’s College in St. Croix Falls, WI, graduating with a 2-year teaching degree in 1946.  She completed her bachelor’s degree at UW-Superior, Superior, WI in 1966. She taught for four years in the Grantsburg School District.  Later she spent some time teaching in the Cumberland and Luck School Districts.  In 1964 she moved to the Frederic School District where she taught until her retirement in 1986.  Many of her teaching years were spent in country schools teaching four grades and at times grades 1-8. The country schools were Trade River, McKinley, East Luck, Lewis and Pleasant Dale.  In 1967 she made her final move to Frederic Grade School teaching grades 4, 5 and 6. She inspired her daughter, granddaughter, and many others to become teachers. 

Muriel married David Petersen in 1950 and moved to Frederic.  Her daughter, Linda, was born in 1951 and her son, Larry, in 1954.  She was a member of Pilgrim Lutheran Church in Frederic, and a member of Polk Country Road W Homemakers for more than 50 years.   

Family was the most important thing in her life.  She loved spending time with her husband, kids, grandkids, sisters and extended family.  Muriel and Dave loved going to dances and camping in their little pickup camper. 

Muriel was preceded in death by her husband, Dave; her parents, Martin and Amanda Thompson; brother, Stanley; sisters, Hazel Larson, Mabel Streed, Myrtle Streed, Violet and Fern Thompson; grandson, Eric Munson; and nephews, Steve Larson and Jerry Streed. 

She is survived by her daughter, Linda (John) Munson; son, Larry (Liz) Petersen; granddaughters, Kristin (Mike) Trianoski and Kayla Ladin; grandson, Zach (Nicole) Petersen; great-granddaughter, Ashley Moen; nieces, Janice (Keith) Olsen and Marilyn Meador; nephew, Tom (Andrea) Streed; and many great-nieces and nephews. 

A post-COVID Celebration of Life will be held at a future date. 

Arrangements are entrusted to Rowe Funeral Home.


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