Marylinn Petersen

Marylinn Shannon Baedke Petersen, 92, of Wahpeton died Sept. 23, 2017 in Wahpeton.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, Sept. 27, at First Congregational United Church of Christ in Newell. Burial was in Newell Cemetery. Fratzke & Jensen Funeral Home in Newell was in charge of the arrangements. 

Marylinn Shannon Baedke Petersen was born June 11, 1925 on a farm in Boyer Valley Township in Early to Wylie Myer Shannon and Vena Bethel Fort Shannon.

She was baptized April 24, 1932. Marylinn attended Jackson No. 3 country school for eight years. They later moved to Sac City where she would graduate from high school in 1942.

In the fall of 1942, she attended Tri-State College in Sioux City. She later moved back to Sac City where she worked for the superintendent’s office over the next few years.

On May 29, 1946, she married Leroy William Baedke at Nemaha Methodist Church. In 1955, to this union a daughter, Beth Lynn, was born. Later, Marylinn and Leroy became foster parents and raised a son, Roger Sebring. Leroy passed away on Nov. 11, 1963.

Mary, Beth and Roger moved to Newell where she worked at the Newell school for five years. On Dec. 28, 1965, she married Gerald Howard Petersen. To this union he brought three daughters: Bobby Jo, Jerri Le and Lynn Marie. They raised their four girls through high school. Jerry was a building contractor and Mary worked at the Newell Mirror for 15 years.

After their retirement, they made their home in Wahpeton. Jerry died May 13, 1989. She continued to live in their home until her death.

Mary was an avid reader and enjoyed many times sitting out on their deck. Her greatest memories are her children and grandchildren.

Those left to cherish her memory include her daughter, Beth and her husband, Kent Wolcott of Wahpeton; granddaughter, Stephanie and her children: Colton, Kylie, and Alyssa of Sioux City; grandson, Matthew and his wife, Jamie and their children: Hayley, Emily and Jameson of Bettendorf; step-granddaughter, Kayla and her daughter, Isabella; step-grandson, Kyle and his fiancé, Miranda of Storm Lake;  step-granddaughter, Jolee Kjos (Danny) of Athol, Idaho and their children;  step-grandson, Justin (Krista) and their children of Montara, Calif.; step-grandson, Troy (Andrea) Hogrefe and their children; step-granddaughter, Melissa (Nathan) Snyder and their children; step-grandson, Derek (Barb) Hogrefe and their children; step-granddaughter, Tiffany (Dave) Stern and their children all of Storm Lake; and many cousins, nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.

Marylinn was preceded in death by her parents, Verna and Wylie Shannon; sister and brother-in-law, Maxine and Don Olsen; first husband, Leroy Baedke and his parents, William and Susan Baedke; sister and brother-in-law, Lucille and Don Poe; second husband, Gerald “Jerry” Petersen and his parents, Elmer and Lillian; brothers-in-law, Bill (Carol), Jim (Betty) and nephew, Kevin Petersen; step-daughters: Bobby Jo, Jerri Le and Lynn (Norm) Hogrefe; and great-granddaughter, Wendy Hogrefe.