Jessie (1860 - 1935)
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Surnames: Peterson, Jorgenson, Keller, Palmer, White, Gilkey, Kling, Hagen, Hanson, Halvorsen, Hellis, Hoffman, Casper, Studebaker, Pederson, Binger, Southard, Huber
----Sources: Neillsville Press (Neillsville, Clark County, Wis.) 2 May 1935
Peterson, Jessie (2 June 1860 - 23 April 1935)
Jessie Jorgenson, daughter of Halvor and Christine Jorgenson, was born near Oslo, Norway, on June 2, 1860, and died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Wm. Keller, on Tuesday evening, April 23, 1935, aged 74 years, 10 months, and 21 days.
Her childhood was spent in Norway. At 13 years of age, she came with her family to American, and they settled first on Onalaska. After about one year’s residence at this place, the Jorgensons moved to a farm in the Town of Pigeon, near Whitehall, Wis., and here the deceased enjoyed the remaining years of youth.
In the early years of womanhood, she was employed as a cook at a hotel in Ashland, Wis., and her skill and art in this work has blessed other lives all her days.
In the year 1887, she was married to Oliver Peterson at Neillsville, Wis. and her they established a home and lived together happily until Mr. Peterson’s death in the year 1913. Since then Mrs. Peterson has made her home with her daughter, Mabel.
Mrs. Peterson has been an ambitious and industrious person all her life, and most of her energies have been invested in the business of homemaking. She was one who knew how to labor patiently and uncomplainingly, whatever hardships might come, and she found joy and satisfaction in sacrifice for others. The opportunity of sharing in the training of her grandchildren was greatly appreciated, and their gradual growth and development was her greatest delight.
Mrs. Peterson was spiritually minded, reflecting something of the spirit and devotion of her own parents, in whose home she had been taught to pray and reverence God. She knew Him as a close friend, and sought to make Him real and understood by others. She was a member of the Norwegian Lutheran Church throughout most of her life, and while she was unable to attend services in later years, she never lost her interest in the things of God. She listened regularly to the broadcast of worship services over the air, and never failed to invite the minister to pray with the family when he called, and receiving the Sacrament of the Lord’s Supper for the last time on Easter morning brought comfort and peace to her soul.
Such a spirit as was hers, now freed to find its eternal home with God, will live on here in the memory of friends and loved ones to bless their lives.
She is survived by one brother, Christ Jorgenson, of Whitehall, Wis., by one daughter, Mrs. Mabel Keller, and by four grandchildren, Wendell, Gerald, Wayne and Jessie Palmer.
Funeral services were conducted from the home of her daughter, Mrs. Wm. Keller, at 1:30 Friday afternoon and from the Methodist Church at 2 o’clock, with Rev. P. B. White officiating. Burial took place in the Neillsville Cemetery.
Those who attended the funeral from out of town are as follows: Mrs. J. Bradley Gilkey, of Wheaton, Ill.; Mrs. Hilbert King, Augusta, Wis.; Mr. and Mrs. Christ Jorgenson, Mrs. Hilmer Hagen, and Mrs. Henry Hanson, of Whitehall, Wis.; Mr. and Mrs. Hjalmer Halvorsen and son, Donald, and Clarence Halvorsen, of Elk Mound, Wis.; Mrs. Bessie Hellis, E. L. Hoffman; Mrs. Evelyn Casper, Henry Casper, Miss Louella Casper and Frank Studebaker of Eau Claire; Mr. and Mrs. Hans Pederson of Spencer, Mr. and Mrs. Palmer Vinger of Greenwood; Mrs. Lena Southard and Cy Huber of Marshfield.
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