On Saturday, October 10, 2020, Shirley Petersen, beloved sister of six surviving siblings, went to heaven at age 67.

Shirley Petersen was born February 14, 1953, in Grundy Center, Iowa, to the Rev. Henry and Irene Petersen. She was diagnosed with an intellectual disability at age 4. From ages 7 to 27, Shirley spent most of her time in special-needs boarding schools in Michigan, Washington and Iowa.

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