Arlys Petersen, 75, formerly of area

Arlys Petersen

Arlys Ann Petersen, 75, of Chippewa Falls, Wis., and formerly of Zumbro Falls, died on Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2018, at Wissota Place in Chippewa Falls, Wis.

She was born on May 27, 1943, in Chatfield to Arlyn and Lillian (Kohlmeyer) Busitzky.

She was baptized on June 20, 1943 at St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church in Wykoff and was confirmed at Trinity Lutheran Church in Rochester on April 4, 1957.

She graduated from John Marshall High School in Rochester in 1961.

On Dec. 30, 1961 she married Gunther Petersen at Trinity Lutheran Church in Rochester.

The couple lived on the Ft. Huachuca Army Base in Arizona until 1962. They moved to the Rochester area farms from 1962 to 1970. Then they moved to Margate, Florida, in 1970. In 1976 they moved to Minnesota to the area of Zumbro Falls and then moved to Eau Claire, Wis., in 2011 to be closer to their son.

She was a licensed daycare provider from 1977 to 1987 from her home. She was also a Watkins Dealer. She enjoyed an assortment of crafts. Ceramics and counted cross-stitching were two she loved to do the most. She also liked to do puzzles, games especially Soduko and Yahtzee, and to go to garage sales. Her favorite pastimes included camping in the RV, baking and caring for her animals.

She was a member of St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Eau Claire, and a former member of Trinity Lutheran Church – Lincoln and the Lincoln Ladies Aid where she served on the card committee. She was also a member of the MN Good Sams – Heartland Chapter, Sunshine Chairperson, a lifetime member of the Millville American Legion Auxiliary and a member of the Coachmen Chapter and served as secretary.

She is survived by her husband, Gunther Petersen; daughter, Terri (William) Dempski of Apalachin, N.Y.; son, Gordon (Linda) Petersen of Bloomer, Wis.; four grandchildren, Mark and David Dempski and Aaron and Zachary Petersen and one sister, Karen Olson of Stewartville.

The funeral service for her will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 27, at Trinity Lutheran Church – Lincoln in rural Lake City with the Rev. Joel Naumann officiating. Burial will be in Millville Cemetery in Millville, Minn. Friends and family may visit on Friday, Oct. 26, from 4 to 7 p.m. at Schleicher Funeral Homes, Plainview Chapel and from 10 to 11 a.m. prior to the service at the church on Saturday.

Memorials are preferred to Paws & Claws of Rochester or Open Heart Surgery for Children at The Children Hospital, Milwaukee, Wis.

Arrangements entrusted to Schleicher Funeral Homes, Plainview Chapel. The guest register may be signed at