Elaine Petersen Nov. 12, 1924-Feb. 7, 2013

Elaine Petersen, 88, of Port Clinton, passed away unexpectedly, Thursday, Feb.7, at H.B. Magruder Hospital, surrounded by her loving family. Elaine was born on Nov. 12, 1924, in Brookings, SD, the daughter of Henry G. and Theresa (Sundal) Dybvig. As a young child the family moved to Dayton, OH.  She graduated from Ohio State University, where she met her husband, Lowell S. Petersen, and they married on Sept. 11, 1948. 

Elaine taught kindergarten for a few years and then worked as a bookkeeper in her husband’s law office until he retired. She was a member of St. John Lutheran Church, PEO Sisterhood, P.C. Yacht Club, Elks Lodge #1718 and an over 50-year member of one of her bridge clubs. Elaine enjoyed painting in oils and watercolors. She often took art classes and workshops. Elaine was a charter member of the P.C. Artist’s Club and served two years as president. She loved reading, sewing, playing bridge and training bonsai.  Elaine will be greatly missed by her loving family and friends. 
Survivors include: Loving husband of over 64 years, Lowell S. Petersen of Port Clinton, OH; Daughter Carol (Mark) Mitchell of Sterling Heights, MI; Son John S. Petersen of Champaign, IL; Grandson Jack Mitchell of Sterling Heights, MI; Granddaughter Erica (Brad) Bible of St. Clair Shores, MI; Great-Granddaughter Tessa Bible; Brothers Stanley (Jeannine) Dybvig, Roger (Jeanie) Dybvig and Philip (Rose) Dybvig. Elaine was preceded in death by her parents, brothers Talman Dybvig, Warren Dybvig and Gene Dybvig and sister-in-law Barbara Bailey.
 A Gathering of family and friends was held Saturday, Feb. 9, in the Gerner-Wolf-Walker Funeral Home & Crematory, Port Clinton, followed by a Memorial service conducted by Reverend James Lehman. Memorial donations in memory of Elaine may be given to St. John Lutheran Church or the Ottawa County Humane Society. Online condolences may be shared with the family at

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