THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
Arlene M. Petersen
Issue Date: November 8, 2017
Arlene Mae (Bolander) Petersen, 88, of Kingsford, formerly of Pembine, passed away Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017 at Bellin Hospital in Green Bay.
Born Jan. 24, 1929 in Amberg, the only daughter of the late Wilbur and Ida (Duca) Bolander, she graduated from Pembine High School and worked as a waitress and office assistant. She then worked at Niagara Paper Mill for 30 years where she was the first woman to work in the water analysis lab and was president of the Office and Professional Employees Union. She married Merlin Petersen on April 26, 1946 in Marinette and he preceded her in death on Aug. 15, 2011 after 64 years of marriage.
There was no task she couldn't do, from construction to operating equipment, fixing almost anything, was a "Jill of all trades" and never sat still. In retirement, she became an EMT and served on the Pembine Rescue Squad for 20 years.
She enjoyed golfing, bowling, gardening, knitting and sewing and loved traveling, visiting Africa, Sweden, France and many parts of the United States.
She is survived by three children, Lucille (Bill) Gehling of Lakeside, Mt., Irene (Mike) Badini of Iron Mountain, Mi. and Harold (Cheryl) Petersen of Buck Lake, Crystal Falls; two brothers, Donald (Dianne) Bolander of Ontonagan and James (Sandy) Bolander of Crivitz; seven grandchildren; four great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
Along with her parents, she was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Kristen Gehling and a brother Leroy Bolander.
Visitation will be at Erickson Rochon and Nash Funeral Home in Iron Mountain on Friday, Nov. 10 from noon until time of the funeral services at 2 p.m. Rev. Douglas Johnson will officiate with burial in Pembine Cemetery. Donations can be made to the Pembine Rescue Squad.