Eva Jean Petersen, 92, of Catawba Island passed peacefully from this life at Mercy St. Vincent Hospital, Toledo, on Saturday, Feb. 22. She was born in Danbury Township, the daughter of the late Eugene and Eva Henrietta (Barnholt) Vollmer, and graduated from Danbury High School. On Feb. 24, 1940, she married Richard N. Petersen, who preceded her in death in 1980.
Catawba's Orchardside Motel was her creation and career. She began her business in 1956 and operated it every summer until closing in 2009.
In 1951, she started the Children's Conservation League (CCL Mother's Club) and brought girl scouting to Catawba. She was a member of the Catawba Island Fireman's Auxiliary and St. John's Lutheran Church in Port Clinton.