Jerri Long

Jerri Lee (Petersen) Long, 67, passed away July 24, 2017, surrounded by her family in her home built by her father in Newell.

Funeral services were held Saturday, July 29, at Fratzke & Jensen Funeral Home in Storm Lake. Burial was in Newell Cemetery.  

Jerri was born Feb. 3, 1950 to Gerald and Delores (Rousch) Petersen in Storm Lake.

Jerri was blessed with one child, Jolee of Athol, Idaho.

Jerri made her home in San Jose, Calif. and Milford before returning to what was always “home” in Newell. Jerri took pride in her home town of Newell and being part of the class of ‘68. She loved to attend the all school reunions during Newell Pride Days with her sisters Bobby, Lynn and Beth. While in Milford, she managed American Legion Club for 20 years, serving the best prime rib and fish in The Lakes area. After returning to Newell, she worked at Walmart for 13 years where she made many friends.  

Jerri was well known for her feisty, stubborn, firecracker wit, and her caring, loving hand. Her facial expressions were worth a 1,000 words, you always knew where you stood with her. Jerri always looked forward to her road trips for shopping and fun with her sisters and “girls” Melissa and Tiffany.  She enjoyed rummaging around at the flea markets at The Lakes. She was a feline fanatic and looked forward to curling up on her couch with her cat, Midget, snuggled on her lap, and reading a book. Her most treasured possessions were her family heirlooms. Jerri deeply loved all of her family and looked forward to family gatherings.  

Left to cherish her memory are her daughter, Jolee (Danny) Kjos of Athol, Idaho; grandchildren: Meaghan (Justin) Moses of Athol, Idaho; Dillon Grafton (Raeane Trejo) of Spokane, Wash.; and Justin Kjos (Jessica Davis) of Conrad, Mont.; great-grandchildren: Dayton Moses and Addison Grafton; step-mother, Marylyn Petersen of Wahpeton; half-sister, Michelle (Brian) Coonrod of La Center, Wash.; half-brother, John Survis of Austin, Texas; step-sister, Beth (Kent) Wolcott of Wahpeton; brother-in-law, Jon Winslow; several cousins, nieces and nephews including her “girls” Melissa Snyder and Tiffany Stern.

Jerri was preceded in death by her father, Gerald Petersen; mother, Delores Newbury; step-dad, Norman Newbury; sisters, Bobby Winslow and Lynn Hogrefe; brother-in-law, Norm Hogrefe; and infant niece, Wendy Hogrefe.