Virginia E. Petersen


Virginia Eleanor McGowan was born on July 12, 1920, to Charles E. McGowan and Mary Elizabeth (Singer) McGowan in their home, three miles south of Hardy, Neb. She died on July 20, 2022, in Belleville, at the age of 102.

Virginia attended country school through 8th grade, and graduated from Hardy High School in 1937. After graduation, Virginia earned her teaching certificate and taught in rural country schools for a number of years before marrying Alvin H. Petersen on May 25, 1943, at St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Hardy, which they regularly attended, and sang in the choir, most of their mar...

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