Myrna A. Petersen - Morris Nilsen Funeral Chapel

March 28, 1944 - December 7, 2017

Myrna A. Petersen, daughter of the late Elmer and Ellen Allen from Ramsay, Michigan, passed away peacefully on December 7th, 2017. Myrna was born on March 28th, 1944 in Bessemer Township, attended the Ramsay School and graduated from A.D. Johnston High School in Bessemer in 1962. After graduation, Myrna moved to the Minneapolis area where she met and married her husband, Clarence (Pete) on September 3rd, 1966. They had two children, Michelle and Scott. Myrna was a generous and hard-worker in her administrative positions as well as her fifteen years at group homes serving individuals with disabilities. At the age of seventy, Myrna graduated at the Saint Paul College with a diploma for Health Unit Coordinator. She always said, “It’s never too late to go to college.” She enjoyed sewing, going shopping, volunteering, and family gatherings. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her and her kind heart.

Myrna was preceded in death by her parents, Elmer and Ellen Allen, her husband Pete, and other dear relatives and friends. She is survived by her daughter, Michelle (Todd) Guy and son Scott Petersen; her three well-loved grandchildren: Mariah, Michael, and Samantha; her siblings: Nancy Borseth, Bruce Allen, Gail Armichardy, and Connie (Gerald) Alessandroni; mother-in-law Marilyn Rolloff, brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law: Robert (Margie), Lauren, Bill (Renee), Steve (Shirley), and dear nieces, nephews, and friends.

A celebration of life will be held on Tuesday, December 12th at Morris Nilsen Funeral Chapel in Richfield, MN. Visitation will be held from 11AM-12PM with service at 12PM. A burial for Myrna will be along the side of her late husband Pete at Fort Snelling in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Memorials to
Mercy Hospital ICU
4050 Coon Rapids Blvd
Coon Rapids, MN 55433


  1. Michelle Petersen Guy says:

    I love you Momma and will cherish our special times shared. I miss you so much.

  2. bonnie giacherio says:

    To Myrna’s Family,

    Although I feel the pain of a deep loss, my heart has many warm and wonderful memories of Myrna. Our 68 years of friendship began with our adventures (and misadventures) in kindergarten. As life went on, whether we tap danced, twirled our batons, worked on geometry problems (she excelled ), prepared for debate tournaments and were attendants in each other’s wedding, our bond continued to grow deeper each year.

    Myrna’s giving heart always had her ready to help, encourage, support and praise others. During our conversations over and over through the years, I could hear and feel Myrna’s love of family.

    It has been a blessing to have had Myrna’s friendship for 68 years.

    Rest in peace, my dear and loyal friend.
    Bonnie Giacherio

  3. Elizabeth Semmerling says:

    .I would have gone to funeral today but just saw obit. I graduated from AD Johnston in Bessemer with Myrna .I extend my sympathies to family and friends. Blessings to you today and all year long.

    • Michelle says:

      So sorry Betty we tried to get it in the paper prior to the service. They were closed over the weekend. And we did not get the obituary done until late that Friday. Thank you for your condolences.

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