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Obituary: Kathleen M. Petersen

Kathleen M. Petersen, 63, of Norton, passed away Friday, Aug. 24, 2012.

Kathleen M. (Graney) Petersen, 63, a lifelong resident of Norton, passed away surrounded by her loving family, Friday, Aug. 24, 2012 at Sturdy Memorial Hospital in Attleboro.

She was the wife of Thomas J. Petersen Sr. to whom she was wed Sept. 6, 1969.

Born in Attleboro Feb. 17, 1949, she was daughter of the late Edward C. Sr. and Lorraine A. (Hall) Graney.

Kathy grew up in Norton and was a graduate of Norton High School. Prior to retiring, she had been employed for 19 years as a secretary for the Town of Norton in the Assessors Department.

A lifelong communicant of St. Mary’s Church in Norton, Mrs. Petersen enjoyed raising her family and was extremely proud of her children. She especially treasured the times spent with her adoring grandchildren. Kathy’s hobbies included playing cards and she also enjoyed traveling.

In addition to her husband of nearly 43 years, she is survived by her children Thomas J. Petersen Jr. and his wife Michelle of Norton, Kimberly M. Palker of Rochester and Kelli L. Johansen and her husband Edward of Taunton; her siblings Patricia A. Graney and Betty L. Burrece both of Michigan; her grandchildren Nicholas and Matthew Petersen, Joel and Brian Palker and Jacob and Kyle and Emily Johansen; and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her brother Edward C. Graney Jr.

Her funeral was held at Norton Memorial Funeral Home followed by a Mass of Christian burial celebrated at St. Mary’s Church, 1 Power St., Norton. Burial followed in the Timothy Plain Cemetery, Norton. Visiting hours were held on Sunday, Aug. 26 at the Norton Memorial Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, Kathy’s family has requested that donations in her memory be made to the Community VNA, 10 Emory St., Attleboro, MA 02703.

For more information, visit www.nortonmemorial.com.

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